1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
4 dozen cookies
Beat butter, 1/2 cup sugar, the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. (Dough will be stiff.)
Cover; chill 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350F.
Shape dough by heaping teaspoonfuls into ropes, each 6" long and 1/4" thick.
For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured cloth-covered board.
On greased baking sheet, shape each rope into figure-8, letting ends extend 1/2".
Complete cookies one at a time.
Beat egg white until foamy, gradually adding 1/4 cup sugar while beating.
Brush tops of cookies with sweetened egg white.
Bake 15 minutes.