Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Days of Christmas: Day 3- Peppermint Pinwheels


Day 3- Peppermint Pinwheels


They look pretty good, right? Well, unfortunately this recipe was kind of dissapointing. Surprisingly, this recipe didn't even call for any peppermint besides the chopped candy canes on top! Instead, it called for almond extract. Lame. So today, I am going to give you a recipe that we didn't actually use but is pretty similar. This one actually does call for pepperming extract! We haven't actually made this recipe yet, but it's a good substitute.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half, add extract and red food coloring to one portion.

  • On a work surface, roll out each portion of dough between waxed paper in a 16-in. x 10-in rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place red rectangle over plain rectangle; roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.

  • Unwrap the dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. place in 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Serves 24



If you want to put a glaze on top with chopped candy canes to give it a fancier look and yummier taste, here's the recipe for that:

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbls. corn syrup
3 1/2 teas. warm water
5 or 6 peppermint candy canes, finely crushed

  • Combine in a small bowl and spread over cooled cookies. And top with crushed candy canes.

**This recipe is from Allrecipes.com**

P.S.- Sorry I was late on posting Day 3's cookies. I had a busy night last night with lots of homework and other activites! :(

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