A Variety of Swirl Cookies

where the wild things are
Posted on 12/19/2012 by phenomenal
Also known as pinwheel cookies, I made three varieties of swirl cookies to give for Christmas presents this year. I had intended to make 4 kinds, but the third cookie I made failed. Instead of trying to make it again, I moved on.

I made three different flavors: mocha, chai spice, and strawberry-vanilla.
The three that didn't fail came out great - though the mocha ones I think were the best looking and the best tasting (though I think they all tasted great.)

Do you guys make food gifts to give for the holidays? What'd you make this year?




Mocha Swirl Cookies

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee (mine was hazelnut flavored)
2 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions

1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients in and beat until you have a nonsticky dough.

3. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and separate into two portions. Return one of the portions to the mixer and beat the coffee in with the dough. Remove from the bowl.

4. Put the other half of dough into the mixer bowl and beat with the cooled, melted chocolate.

5. Roll out each portion of dough between two sheets of wax paper, so that the dough is approximately 1/4-inch thick. Chill on a baking sheet in the refrigerator for an hour.

6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and press the coffee dough on top of the chocolate dough. Roll the dough into a log, starting on the long side of the dough. If the dough starts to rip as you’re rolling, press it back together. Go slowly.

7. Cover the dough roll in wax paper and then plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.

8. Preheat oven to 350. Remove the chilled dough roll from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4-inch rounds. I got about 3 dozen cookies from one cookie dough roll.

9. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11 minutes.

* makes about 36 cookies




Chai Spiced Swirl Cookies

Ingredients
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus 3 tbsp flour for later
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp molasses
sugar for decorating

Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the 1 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Beat together until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly beat in the dried mix until you have a nonsticky dough. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and separate into two halves.

3. Return one half of the dough to the mixing bowl. Add the molasses and the 3 tbsp flour and beat until combined.

4. Cover and refrigerate both halves of the dough for a half hour.

5. Once chilled, roll each half of dough out separately to be about 1/4-inch thick with a floured rolling pin. Place the half of dough without molasses on top of the the other half of dough. Press together with a rolling pin.

6. Starting on the long side of the dough, roll the dough into a tight log. Roll the log into the sugar so that it coats the outside of the log. Wrap in wax paper and place in the refrigerator for an hour.

7. Remove from the refrigerator and cut the dough into even sized cookies. Your log should get you about 30 cookies. Place each cookie slice on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 8 minutes.

8. Let cool on the sheet. Once cool to touch remove from the baking sheet and place on wire racks until completely cool.

* makes about 30 cookies




Strawberry Swirl Cookies

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp strawberry extract
1/2 tsp red food coloring
colored sprinkles

Directions

1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients in and beat until you have a nonsticky dough.

3. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and separate into two portions. Return one of the portions to the mixer and beat the vanilla in with the dough. Remove from the bowl.

4. Put the other half of dough into the mixer bowl and beat with the food coloring and strawberry extract.

5. Roll out each portion of dough between two sheets of wax paper, so that the dough is approximately 1/4-inch thick. Chill on a baking sheet in the refrigerator for an hour.

6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and press the strawberry dough on top of the vanilla dough. Roll the dough into a log, starting on the long side of the dough. If the dough starts to rip as you’re rolling, press it back together. Go slowly.

7. Pour your sprinkles into a long, shallow pan. Roll your dough roll into the sprinkles, making sure the sprinkles stick to the dough.

8. Cover the dough roll in wax paper and then plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.

9. Preheat oven to 350. Remove the chilled dough roll from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4-inch rounds. I got about 3 dozen cookies from one cookie dough roll.

10. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11 minutes.

* makes about 36 cookies
rzeznikgirl35 20th-Dec-2012 09:11 am (UTC)
The strawberry ones look so fun! I'll totally be saving this recipe for a rainy day. :)
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
My favorite part is you really could make any flavor combination with that same recipe and have it work excellently:)
slmader 20th-Dec-2012 10:30 am (UTC)
I cook up a lot of stuff. I make cinnamon-swirl raisin bread and everyone gets a loaf. I also make a lot of jams and jellies, salsa, pickled beets, etc. so that all gets handed out too. I make curried nuts every year for my boss, and I make cookies in a jar for special friends with young kids. I love to receive homemade stuff too. I think when you give something from your kitchen, you are giving them part of yourself.
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
That all sounds great!
mavinmaverick 20th-Dec-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I don't generally make food gifts, but I do ramp up the goodie baking this time of year. I've made a couple things that I keep meaning to post in here for the monthy contest, but we also made peanut butter fudge and cookies'n'cream fudge. I have some recipies for various candies that I got from my mom (who used to do a lot of goodie gifts when I was younger), but I haven't really gotten into making any of those yet. Maybe one day. It's not like I need to be eating this stuff. LOL
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
That's my biggest problem with the holidays. I make so many sweets and end up eating way too many.
the_tao_of_lu 20th-Dec-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I failed to make anything, I suck.


The three look great.
:)
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
argyle_skull 20th-Dec-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
These all look delicious!

I made Guinness Mustard and Honey Mustard! Also some peppermint meringues!
phenomenal 20th-Dec-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yum!
browngirl 20th-Dec-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
These look lovely!

This year I sent out various muffin-sized fruitcakes. I believe in fruitcake!
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Too cute!
I've never made fruitcakes, but this sounds like a great idea.
doc__holliday 20th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love making my homemade apple pie granola for xmas gifts.

This year I'm also doing an assortment of shortbreads (lavender, rosemary & lemon zest, cranberry & orange), too!
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love shortbread :)
sidmaron 20th-Dec-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Are those british/australian or american cups? :)
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was a difference!
All the measurements are American.
sidmaron 21st-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Yes, there is!
British/australian are 250ml and american cups are 225ml.^^
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Why do Americans make things so difficult!
It'd be so much easier if it was all standard.
sidmaron 22nd-Dec-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree!
moldy_blues 21st-Dec-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
yum! they look delicious!
phenomenal 21st-Dec-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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