Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

This week, I went to a cookie exchange.  It was so much fun!  For those of you who have not done one of these, basically you bake a lot of one kind of cookie (ours was 6 dozen packaged into 12 half dozens).  Then you get a half dozen of each kind of cookie that your friends bring, which is A LOT of cookies!  Now, I need to figure out what to do with all these cookies!! :)

I (of course) looked on Pinterest for inspiration.  I found these cookies that looked fun.  I just switched out the recipe for my own sugar cookie recipe that I love.  They were a bit time consuming but, so worth it in the end.  Look how festive they are!  In case you have not done all of your baking for the season yet, I am posting the recipe below.  :)

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

454 g unsalted butter at room temperature
410 g sugar
5 ml salt
10 ml vanilla
2 large eggs
765 g all-purpose flour
15 ml baking powder
10 ml milk
5 ml lemon zest (optional)

Cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until very light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the creamed butter and egg mixture.  Add the 2 tsp. of milk and mix.  Add lemon if desired.  Mix dough until it comes together in a nice, smooth dough.   Divide dough into three bowls.  Mix in red food coloring to one, green to the other and leave the last one white.  Form dough into 3 flat discs and wrap with Saran wrap.  Let rest and chill for 2 hours.   Roll each color of dough out onto parchment paper into a rectangle and layer on top of each other.  Gently roll up the short end to form a log.  Roll the log into sprinkles, covering completely.  Cover and refrigerate till firm.  Thinly slice logs into ¼ inch slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Makes a lot…. J

Happy baking and Merry Christmas!

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