With the help of a decadent cookie press and little practice, you can whip a large quantity of these delicate buttery treats for gifts or entertaining with minimal effort.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the salt, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix in the flour until thoroughly blended.
Gently form the dough into a log shape. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fill a cookie press with the dough (working in several batches) and dispense the cookies at least 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Sprinkle with colored sugar, add red hot candy and cool on a wire rack. Can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or 1 month frozen.