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Holiday Pinwheel Cookies: Bake-Along Edition

By: Avery Ducar

These pinwheel cookies will get you into the holiday spirit. This cookie recipe is easy, it's basic sugar cookie dough with a swirl of festive holiday color.

The ingredients you need to make these delicious cookies are:

  • 2 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup of softened butter

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • ¾ teaspoon almond extract

  • Food coloring

  • Optional: Sprinkles

To start off, put the baking powder, flour, and salt into a bowl and mix the ingredients together. Then, in a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugar together. Mix in an egg after that. Add the almond extract and mix, and when that's all combined add the baking powder, flour, and salt mixture.

The fun part has just arrived! Divide the dough and add your food coloring. One should be colored and the other should be the “white” dough color. These cookies are supposed to be Christmas cookies, but do whatever color you feel fits.

Now, refrigerate the dough until it's firm, about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, roll the dough into a rough square shape. I eyeballed the thickness, but ¼ inch should be okay. After rolling out the dough, you want to add parchment paper on both slides. Essentially, it's a parchment paper dough sandwich; parchment paper, dough, parchment paper. Do this for all your dough.

Take the top parchment paper off your “white” dough and the bottom parchment off your colored dough. Lay the colored dough on top of the other uncovered dough. Make sure to seal them together by gently pressing. I made the mistake of leaving one side of the parchment paper on, but make sure to take all the parchment off the dough after you've sealed the two doughs on top of each other. Cut the dough so they line up and roll the dough into a log shape. Wrap the log in plastic wrap, and let it refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut your rolled dough into ½ inch thick slices (I eyeballed this). Add sprinkles around the edges if you want. You can spray your pan or use parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking. Lay them flat and let them bake for 10 minutes.

These cookies were not too frustrating to make for the holidays. I hope you enjoy them and they get you in the holiday spirit!

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