I love these cookies. I made them last year and again this Christmas. The dough is admittedly a little crumbly to work with, but rolling it out with saran wrap on top helps, as does rolling it jelly-style using saran wrap (or silicone pie mat) underneath to push it into a tight roll. They come out so beautiful looking - my friends and family have always been impressed, and I think the taste is delicious - something a bit different to cut against so much chocolate.
Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Don't let your eyes fool you; these "candies" are anything but. They're red and white cookie dough rolled into a spirals and topped with creamy peppermint frosting.
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Freeze: 4 Hours
Bake: 7 Minutes
Cool: 35 Minutes
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon red food coloring paste
- Parchment paper
- Peppermint Frosting
- 1. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended, scraping bowl as needed.
- 2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
- 3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll 1 portion of dough into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle on a piece of lightly floured plastic wrap.
- 4. Knead food coloring paste into remaining portion of dough while wearing rubber gloves. Roll tinted dough into a rectangle as directed in Step 3. Invert untinted dough onto tinted dough; peel off plastic wrap. Cut dough in half lengthwise, forming 2 (12- x 4-inch) rectangles. Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side, using bottom piece of plastic wrap as a guide. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze 4 hours or up to 1 month.
- 5. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut ends off each dough log, and discard. Cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick pieces, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- 6. Bake at 350° for 6 to 7 minutes or until puffed and set; cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- 7. Place Peppermint Frosting in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag. Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe about 2 tsp. frosting onto half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, gently pressing to form a sandwich.
These cookies are delicious eaten at room temperature, or chill them 30 minutes for a firm, cool filling.
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