Occasionally I bake, believe it or not. And Christmas time is the height of my personal baking season. I love to make baked gifts for friends and relatives, and the hubby is very appreciative too! This year I decided to try my hand at Christmas Pinwheel cookies . These are perfect for gifts and have a fabulous peppermint flavor.
I found these amazing looking cookies while putting together a post of the best cookie recipes on the web for my other website, Daily Holiday Blog. My recipe was inspired by the Holiday Cookie Pinwheels by The Shine Project. Want to know how to make them?
For this recipe you will need:
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. peppermint extract
red gel food coloring
powdered sugar for rolling out
Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a small bowl. Use a large bowl to cream the butter and sugar together with a mixer. Add in the egg, milk, vanilla and peppermint extract. Mix well. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until combined, making a nice workable dough. Divide the dough in half.
Add red gel food coloring to one half of the dough, mixing thoroughly.
Fabulous tip brought to you by Suzy’s Sitcom: Use gloves when mixing food coloring. It stains. For several days. Ask me how I know…
The recipe called for rolling out the plain dough and the colored dough separately in large rectangles 1/4″ thick on parchment paper, and sliding the red dough on top of the plain. I’m too uncoordinated for that. Like I said, baking is something I do approximately once a year. So with that in mind, I went about it a different way. I placed a large piece of parchment paper on the counter and powdered it down with powdered sugar. I then rolled out the plain dough per directions and then placed the red dough on top and rolled it out.
I then used the parchment paper to help me get the roll started, rolling the dough starting on the wide side of the rectangle.
Once the dough is rolled, add a bunch of sprinkles to the parchment paper and roll the dough through them.
Everything is always better with sprinkles! Brush off the extra sprinkles and roll up in the parchment paper and place in the fridge a few hours until the dough is firm. Then slice it in 1/4″ wide slices.
This recipe made about 3 dozen cookies. These pretty cookies make wonderful gifts! You can place them in plastic bags and tie with a pretty bow. Or you can just plain eat them yourself. Your choice!
In my house, Santa just might find some of these on his plate. That is if the hubby doesn’t eat them all first!
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