Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

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This recipe was handed down by my 'Baba' (Ukrainian for 'grandmother'). She originally just made a chocolate and plain pinwheel cookie, but I adapted it easily to create a very colorful variety that my kids and husband adore at Christmas time!

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
72
Yield:
72 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ⅓ cups butter

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 drop red food coloring, or as needed

  • 1 drop green food coloring, or as needed

Directions

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. Resift again into another bowl.

  2. Beat the butter with the brown and white sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended. Gather the dough into a ball, and divide into two equal parts. Place one half in a second bowl. Add red food coloring to the dough in one bowl, and green food coloring to the dough in the other bowl. Use a fork or wooden spoon to blend the food coloring into the dough until evenly blended. Add additional drops of food coloring to make the desired shade.

  3. Roll out the red dough to 1/4 inch (5mm) thickness. Roll out the green dough to 1/4 inch (5mm) thickness, and place on top of the red dough. Beginning on one edge, roll the doughs to make a log so the two colors spiral inside each other. Wrap the log in waxed paper, then in a cotton towel, and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

  5. Unwrap the dough log, and place on a clean, lightly floured surface. Slice the log into rounds 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick, and place on prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until set, 5 to 6 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent edges from browning. Remove from oven, and cool on racks.

Cook's Tip

To make the pinwheel cookies in a vanilla and chocolate combination, divide the dough into two parts. Melt 2 (1ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate in a pan over low heat. Cool slightly, and mix the chocolate into one half of the dough until well blended. Roll out the doughs as in Step 3 to make a log with the plain and chocolate doughs. Follow Steps 4, 5 and 6 to complete the cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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