> 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
> 1/2 cup granulated sugar
> 1 large egg
> 2 tsp vanilla extract
> 2 cups all-purpose flour
> 1/2 tsp salt
> Food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 or 3 cookie sheets with parchment. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high 2–3 min., until smooth and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat 1 min., until combined.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour, salt, and food coloring, if using. Mix 1–2 min., until incorporated. Set up a cookie press with a decorative plate and transfer dough to cookie press. (If you don’t have a cookie press, use a leveled tablespoon to scoop rounds onto cookie sheets.) Press cookies out onto parchment-lined baking sheets at least 1 inch apart.
Bake cookies 7–9 min., until edges are very lightly brown. Let cool on cookie sheets 5 min., then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.