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Pinwheel Cookies

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Posted on 10/8/2013, 1:06 pm


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No matter how unspectacular a cookie tastes, the way it looks will make it spectacular. Case and point: Pinwheel Cookies. Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are delicious. Simple vanilla and chocolate butter cookies. But there are no bells and whistles with these cookies. What makes them great is the presentation, the way they look. Pinwheels. I have made these on numerous occasions and each time everyone is wowed, I mean, they can’t believe they are eating a homemade pinwheel cookie. “You baked these at home?” If I would have just baked up simple vanilla cookies or chocolate cookies nobody would have asked me that. But make a cool looking design and wham! You got some spectacular cookies. These cookies are made from an easy recipe and are just as easy to assemble.

Delicious Rating: These are delicious butter cookies. My chocolate was perfectly balanced with the vanilla cookie but held its own as well. The cookies will have a firm bottom when baked but the insides are soft and almost, just almost, cakey cookie. But not really. I hope that makes sense!

Pinwheel Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 4 hours Cook time: 13 mins Total time: 4 hours 13 mins
Yields: 9 dozen cookies

Serve warm with milk or tea
2½ sticks of butter, slightly softened
1¼ cups sugar
1 egg
1½ tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp strong coffee, cooled
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and still warm
In a large bowl cream butter for 2 minutes until smooth with an electric mixer.
Mix in sugar and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Add in egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Sift in flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until just combined.
Remove 2 cups of the dough and set aside.
Add in cooled coffee and cocoa powder to remaing dough.
Mix in melted chocolate until well combined.
Divide each dough into three equal pieces, so as to have 3 chocolate and 3 vanilla.
Shape each piece into a 5×5 square on wax or parchment paper, top with another piece of wax or parchment and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll each square into a 7×7 square and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Take one vanilla square and one chocolate square and remove one piece of waxed paper from each.
Align the two layers together evenly, one on top of the other, and gently press together to seal both layers together.
Take off top layer of wax paper and slowly start to curl edge of the dough up and over using the bottom waxed paper for help, not rolling it into the cookies.
Roll the dough into a tight spiral roll, pinwheel, avoiding spaces in-between.
Once formed, gently but firmly roll back and forth to compact the roll and make it about 9 inches long, 1.5 inches thick.
Place on a piece of plastic wrap, twisting ends to seal it closed.
Repeat with remaining layers.
Refrigerate for 3 hours before using or freeze for two months.
To bake, preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and slice cookie log into ¼ inch thick cookie slices.
Bake for 14 minutes and transfer warm cookies to baking rack.
Store for up to two weeks.

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