Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pinwheel Cookies

Every so often, I let Trevor go through a cookbook and pick something he'd like to make.  This time, we looked through Disney's Family Cookbook.  It's a great cookbook with gorgeous illustrations.  Trevor picked Pinwheel Cookies.

They were surprisingly easy to make.  Trevor was able to do much of it himself.

Pinwheel Cookies

                             1 c. butter, softened                  2 3/4 c. flour
                             3/4 c. sugar                              1 tsp. baking soda
                             1 egg                                        1 tsp. cream of tartar
                             1 tsp vanilla extract                   1 oz. unsweetened chocolate

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the egg and beat well, then mix in the vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, one third at a time, until thoroughly combined.

Divide the dough into two equal portions.  Melt unsweetened chocolate and add to one half of the dough.  Flatten each of the doughs into a disk.  Cover each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Roll out chocolate and sugar doughs separately between sheets of plastic wrap into 12 x 8 inch rectangles.  Remove the plastic wrap and place one rectangle on top of the first.  Starting on a 12-inch side, roll up the doughs tightly, like a jelly roll.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

Remove the plastic wrap and cut the roll into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes about 3 dozen. 

They were very good, but the flavors weren't quite intense enough.  Next time we'll make some modifications to boost the flavor.  Perhaps a version with peppermint extract?  I can imagine using food color to make pinwheels to match school colors or a party theme.  We'll definitely be making these again!

1 comment:

  1. They look good! They must have been gone by the time I got there? Next time you and Trevor bake, set something aside for me--in the freezer if nothing else.