You will need a cookie press to give your cookies the decorated finish!
Step 1: Make Dough
1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
jelly or jam (flavor of choice)
non-food materials: cookie press - use star attachment
Mix butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Once smooth add in flour 1/2 a cup at a time.
When all the ingredients are mixed let the dough sit out for 15 minutes. In my experience this makes the dough firmer and the cookies chewier.
Step 2: Using Cookie Press
To fill the cookie press take a handful of dough and roll it in the palm of your hands so it looks like a snake. This will help it easily slide into the cookie press tube. Once the dough is in (and not hanging out the end) put the star attachment on the top and secure it with the front ring.
Step 3: Using Cookie Press 2
You will get the hang of this over time. I get very particular about the size of my cookies.