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 quite a bit 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.

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