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Scandinavian Gilded Butter Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2-3 teaspoons vodka or water
Gold dust
A few drops of vodka

Cream butter, sugar, salt and egg yolk until smooth. Mix in the
flour to make a smooth dough. Form dough into a ball and flatten;
wrap in plastic and refrigerate, covered, overnight or for up to
four days, so that flavors can develop. Divide chilled dough into
four equal pieces.

On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough to 1/8 inch
thickness. Cut into shapes using a 2-inch cookie cutter, or cut
into rectangles or squares using a pastry wheel. Place on baking
sheets covered with parchment paper or baking paper. Bake at 350
degrees until cookies are very lightly browned on the edges, 9 to
12 minutes. Remove cookies on their paper onto countertop to cool.

Mix confectioners' sugar with enough liquid to make a thin glaze.
Brush tops of cookies with the glaze. Mix a very small amount of
gold dust (1/8 teaspoon or so), with about 3 drops of vodka. Lightly
brown the edges of the cookies with the gold to gild. Makes about
6 dozen.


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