December 03, 2012

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Day three of my cookie-a-day in December 2012 is the ever popular Pinwheel Cookie, in peppermint.  This is a cookie I made back in the 90's, forgot about for a few years and then found my old handwritten recipe in 2003 and promptly started to make them again.  I am putting a 1/2 t peppermint extract in the recipe but to be honest, I always add a little more than that since I really like the peppermint flavor to shine through.

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

3/4 c butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla extract
2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t peppermint extract
red food color

In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the sugar mixture. Mix well. Divide dough in half. Add the red food color and peppermint extract to one half, leaving the other white. On a lightly floured work surface roll out the dough to a 16 X 10 inch rectangle with a piece of wax paper between the dough and your rolling pin. Repeat with the second dough. Carefully place the first dough over the second and lightly roll them to bind together. Roll up tightly from the long side. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a couple hours until firm.

Unwrap the dough and cut into 1/4 inch slices placing them approximately 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets or parchment lined sheets. Bake at 350 approximately 12-14 minutes until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from the baking sheet to a rack to cool completely.

Slice with a sharp knife to form cookies before baking
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