November 16, 2010

Tuesday Treats: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

{We're keeping the holiday season extra sweet this year at The Finer Things! Each Tuesday, beginning today and ending December 21st, will be dedicated to delicious holiday cookies. Be sure to check back each week for a yummy recipe that you can bake for yourself, your family, your friends or co-workers. Enjoy!}

Today's cookie is the Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie, spotted over at Poca Cosas blog. These minty treats look adorable when wrapped in cellophane like a real peppermint!

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Cookie Recipe

1. Beat butter at med. 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 6-7 minutes or until puffed and set; cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Frosting Recipe

Beat butter and cream cheese at med. speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Increase speed to med., and gradually add milk and peppermint extract, beating until smooth.

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.