NORWEGIAN BUTTER COOKIES

3/4 lb. butter (3 sticks) softened, room temperature

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs lightly beaten

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup powdered sugar, stifted

A cookie press or pastry bag with a large star tip

Preheat oven to 375º F

I a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter, then slowly beat in sugar. Add lightly beaten eggs. In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture. Blend well, add vanilla.

Fill cookie press or pastry bag one quarter of dough at a time. Pipe cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool 10 minutes while on cookie sheet. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Over waxed paper, lightly dust with powdered sugar. Store cookies in airtight container.

Makes approximately 48 cookies.

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