Sunday, December 13, 2009

Peppermint Pinwheel cookies and a Martha village

Hey Y'all! With my coffee in hand I sat in front of the television this morning and to what did my wondering eyes should appear.... Paula Deen's Cookie Swap, and it filled me with cheer.
Someone at her swap created these pinwheels of mint, and I knew right away that that was my hint.To make my own pinwheels.. all yummy and red.. equip with the lollipop sticks.. the recipe' I read...

( ok ok.. don't rip into me to bad, I openly admit that I am a lousy rhymer. )

Although the process was a bit long these cookies were super fun to make and are very pretty to look at. Do they taste good? Well.. there are quite a few missing already!!! : )

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Special equipment: 24 lollipop sticks

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together in another large bowl. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and peppermint extract. Gradually add the dry mixture, beating until combined. Remove half of the mixture from the bowl. Add food coloring, beating until fully combined. In waxed paper, roll out dough to form a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat this step with the other half of uncolored dough with no food coloring. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Tear out 1 sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Sprinkle the surface of the paper with powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Very carefully, slide the red dough on top of the white dough. Trim edges if uneven and patch if necessary. Roll dough into a log, creating a swirl effect. Place the dough back in the refrigerator and let chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Slice the dough into 1/2-inch slices and place on a parchment lined sheet tray about 1-inch apart. Place lollipop stick about 1-inch through the flat side of the dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Martha Stewart paper Christmas village

Selfie and I put together a couple of martha's village kits.

The train and the frosty village.

Isn't it Glittorable!


Julie said...

Love the post! And the cookies look so cute, along with the village! I just hoping I can find some time to bake.

Acorn Cottage said...

Hi Leslie,
Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog. The fact that you had a Run-DMC Christmas song playing, a Will Ferrel picture, mixed with your love of Holidays and pumpkins I can tell you right now, you and I are going to become fast friends! Your cookies came out so cute! Love em! Not to mention tackling anything Martha Stewart, you are a Domestic Goddess! Glad to meet a fellow Saggitarian blogger!


Christy said...

I'm so glad you stopped by, it brought me back here, and I got lost exploring, and I came across these! I've been looking for some new cookie recipes for Christmas, and I think I'm going to try these out this year!!! I'll let you know how it goes. :O)