HOLIDAYS,  RECIPES

Festive Christmas Swirl Cookies

If you’re anything like me, you like to stick to the four main food groups—CANDY, CANDY CANES, CANDY CORN, and SYRUP. Especially when it comes to the holidays, I basically thrive on sweets alone.  On the other side of the scale, I fully support the practice of “balance being key”. That’s why I enjoy my salads and drink my green juice…while also eating my weight in sugary carbs…oh well!!

Whether you’re a fan of sugar or not, can we just take a minute to appreciate these cookies!? Please.

5 hours. It took us 5 hours from start to finish to create these bad boys!! (all from scratch of course) Knowing my luck in the kitchen, I’m still a little in shock that these worked out so well. Prayers and patience really pay off, people! In all honesty, they weren’t even THAT hard to make!! And come on…if I can manage to do it, literally anyone can!!

So without further ado, I’m going to share with you how I perfected these Pinterest-worthy beauties. Turn on your Christmas Playlist, and follow along. I promise you will WOW you friends and family at all the holiday parties this season. (then send them over to this post so they can master it too!!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 CUPS-flour
  • ½ TEASPOON-baking powder
  • ½ TEASPOON-salt
  • 1 CUP-butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 ⅓ CUPS-sugar
  • 2-eggs
  • 2 TEASPOONS-vanilla
  • Red and Green food coloring
  • Festive sprinkles of your choice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl: combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Slowly add to butter mixture and combine until dough texture forms.
  • Divide dough in half and dye one of them green, the other one red.
  • Individually wrap each in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Tear off two fairly decent sized rectangles of parchment paper and roll out dough. (Each color on it’s own paper)
  • Carefully place the green sheet of dough on top of the red (or vice versa)–and gently roll out just a little more to flatten. (Careful not to mix the colors completely)
  • Now starting at one end, roll up into a pinwheel. Using the same basic technique as if you were making cinnamon rolls.
  • Spread sprinkles out onto a plate and roll the dough log into them. (Coating evenly on all sides)
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 3 if necessary.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and take dough from fridge. (If the side it was lying on happened to flatten a bit, go ahead and roll on your cutting board to form back into proper shape.)
  • Begin slicing your cookie log into about 1” thick slices.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 9 minutes.
  • I highly recommend letting them sit on the pan for about a minute or so before placing onto cooling rack.

VOILA!! You’re finished!! Sure, it takes a bit of patience, but it is wellllllll worth it!!

If you try these out for yourself, I would absolutely love to see! Feel free to send me lots of pictures on Facebook or Instagram🙂 I’m always hanging out over there.

I hope you have the Very-Merriest-Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!! Don’t forget to eat lots of cookies for me while you’re at it.

Until next time…

Stay jolly, my love!!

Xx-T

 

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