Monday, December 7, 2009

3 Christmas Cookies with one Dough-Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels, Candy Cane Twists, and Peanut Butter Dips

I made these Christmas cookies last year- check out the post here. My son picked them out. They are one of those cookies that you can make with one main type of dough, adding in different things to make a bunch of different types of cookies. We are definitely going to make these again. They were a big hit last year!

Butter Cookie Dough from NickJr. Magazine Measurements for tripling are included in red

2 cups all-purpose flour (6 cups)
1 tsp baking powder (3 tsps)
1 tsp salt (3 tsps)
2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 cups or 4 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar (1 1/2 cups)
1 egg (3 eggs)
1 Tbls milk (3 Tbls)
1 tsp vanilla extract (3 tsps)

1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat 1 minute more. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, beating until smooth.
4. Shape dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Candy Cane Twists
1. Divide Butter Cookie Dough in half. Add 4-5 drops red food coloring to one half. Add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract to the other half. Mix each half well.
2. For each candy cane, on a floured surface, roll a tablespoon of each dough into a 4-inch long rope.
3. Twist the ropes together and bend to form a candy cane shape.
4. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy or candy canes.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F, 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely before removing from pan.

Peanut Butter Dips
1. Roll Butter Cookie Dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Using a round cutter, cut out circles and place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
2. Combine 1/3 cup peanut butter with 1/3 cup confectioners sugar. Spread mixture on the bottoms of half of the cooled cookies, placing bottom to make a sandwich.
3. Melt 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used candy melts) in a bowl in the microwave on high. Stir every 30 seconds, until smooth. Dip sandwiches halfway into chocolate. Cool on waxed paper.

Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Pops
1. Divide Butter Cookie Dough in half. Mix 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder into one half. Mix 5 drops green food coloring and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract into the other half.
2. On a floured surface, roll out each half into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle.
3. Place one half on top of the other. Roll with a rolling pin to help them stick together.
4. Starting from one long side, tightly roll the dough into a cylinder shape. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.
5. Cut 1/8-inch thick slices and place on a greased cookie sheet. Insert a craft stick into each ( We didn't do this part). Bake at 375 degrees, 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool a few minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

I love these Mare, they are wonderful!!

Amy said...

Can't wait to try these! I love your blog! Thanks for all the amazing posts!

Meghan said...

I love that you can use one dough for such different looking cookies - makes it easier to make a variety! The pinwheels are so cool looking!

Tracey said...

Ok, all 3 look delicious! I made a chocolate peppermint pinwheel last Christmas and loved it. Thanks for sharing!