1 1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
In mixer, cream butter for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and mix until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and incorporate well. Beat in as much flour as you can, and stir in the rest by hand. Pack unchilled dough into cookie press fitted with desired plate. Force through press onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 5 dozen, depending on shape.
Variations: Substitute lemon, orange or almond extract for part of the vanilla. Use paste colors to tint the dough