Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pinwheel Cookies

I saw a picture of some pinwheel cookies quite a while ago, and thought I'd give them a go to see how they went down with the kids.  My technique needs a bit of work.  I did the brown ones first and they didn't turn out anywhere near as good as the pink ones.  I also think they tasted a wee bit plain, so next time will drizzle some icing over the top.  In saying that the children love them and were having 'snail' races with them, so job well done!

I used the basic butter cookie recipe I have posted previously for my Alphabet Biscuits, but added a little bit of extra flour this time.

250g butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
Red Food Colouring (or colour of your choice)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.  Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.

Divide the dough into two equal parts.  Wrap one part in plastic wrap.  Divide the second half into two again.  Colour one with red food colouring and add the cocoa powder to the second half.  Mix well.  Wrap both of these seperately with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays.

Divide the plain uncoloured dough in half.  Roll each piece of dough out on a floured surface into a 18cm x 20cm rectangle.  Place the pink dough on top of a plain piece, trim the edges and roll into a log.  Do the same with the brown piece.

With a serrated bread knife, cut into 1cm slices and arrange on baking trays.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

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