Easy Slice and Bake Cookies

Friday, January 6, 2012

Easy Slice and Bake Colorful Swirl Cookies from Walking on Sunshine Recipes
Have you ever made store purchased slice and bake cookies? 
Yes, of course we all have.  They're easy, fun and pretty delicious.  This recipe I'm sharing with you today is really easy.  There may be a few steps, but once you put the two different colored layers together, you'll see how easy it is to just slice and bake the cookies.  You can even make them ahead of time and freeze the dough!  Then when you're in the mood for cookies,take the dough out of the freezer and slice and bake!



I thought this recipe would be difficult because there are so many steps in the instructions.  But read through them a few times and you'll see it's really not that difficult at all to make.  The end result is a really beautiful cookie that tastes amazing.  You can easily switch this cookie recipe and make different colored swirls with different flavorings.  I used almond extract for the GREEN cookie layer. They make a pretty presentation on a platter of Christmas cookies if you give baked goods for gifts! 
Easy Slice and Bake Colorful Swirl Cookies from Walking on Sunshine Recipes




After the dough sheets have been refrigerated for a few hours and the dough is firm, remove the top sheets of wax paper from both and brush the uncolored vanilla dough lightly with water using a pastry brush. Then flip the colored dough onto the vanilla uncolored dough so they are stacked atop each other and even.
Colorful Swirl Cookies two layers on top from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Press the edges lightly with your fingertips to seal them together. Using a small pairing knife, trim the edges of the dough to make straight, even lines. Be sure your dough is still cold, but flexible.  Once it's ready, begin rolling the long side of dough into a swirl, jelly-roll style.
Colorful Swirls Cookies being rolled up from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Now, don't get nervous if the outer layer of uncolored dough tears a bit. 
It's no problem, just pinch and pat those tears and voila, then just keep rolling.
Colorful Swirl Cookies rolled and ready to be sliced from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Cover the log completely with your sprinkles.
Easy Slice and Bake Colorful Swirl Cookies with sprinkles from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

 Slice your dough into 1/4-1/8 inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets.
At first I thought this recipe was going to be way too much work.
I WAS WRONG!  They were so easy and of course, delicious! 

Easy Slice and Bake Cookies from Walking on Sunshine Recipes



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Easy Slice and Bake Colorful Swirl Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour, plus possibly a few more TBSP.
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (cut in chunks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of food coloring of your choice(and/or 1/2 tsp of any desired extra extracts)
  • 1 1/2 cup holiday sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugars with paddle on medium until well blended. Add butter in, gradually, and continue mixing. Add in vanilla extract.
  2. Continue mixing until the dough forms a ball.
  3. Remove all your dough and divide into two equal parts. Return one portion back in to the mixer and add the food coloring and any extra extracts.
  4. Mix until the color is spread out evenly.
  5. Roll out each portions of your dough, between two sheets a wax paper until it reaches about 11 x 9 inches and is 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Slide both unto a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. When firm, remove the top sheets of wax paper from both. Brush the uncolored vanilla dough lightly with water using a pastry brush. Then flip the colored dough onto the vanilla uncolored dough so they are stacked atop each other and even.
  8. Press the edges lightly with your fingertips to seal them together. Using a small pairing knife, trim the edges of the dough to make straight, even lines.
  9. Be sure your dough is still cold, but flexible. Once it's ready, begin rolling the long side of dough into a swirl, jelly-roll style.
  10. Pour out sprinkles onto a large platter and set aside. Now gently lift your dough log onto the sprinkles and roll away. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or you can freeze at this point.
  11. Slice your dough into 1/4-1/8 inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until the edges are starting to turn golden brown.
  12. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cookie rack to finish cooling.
NOTES:
  1. You could coordinate your colors and flavors! For example green food coloring matched with a mint extract or yellow with a lemon extract, etc. Also, if you are using liquid food coloring, you will need to add a few TBSP of flour to keep the dough from becoming too wet. I used green food coloring and almond extract.
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Easy Slice and Bake Cookies from Walking on Sunshine Recipes



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36 comments :

  1. Those are the prettiest cookies! I can just imagine the Valentine's, glad to know it that easy because they look fantastic :)

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  2. These are so pretty! I'll have to make them when the grandkids come to visit.

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  3. These look wonderful! I love the idea of doing them for Valentines day. My grands would love them. Have a good week-end Lois! HUGS

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  4. Morning Lois,
    Wow, those do look like great cookies, so colorful and pretty.
    and those Ham and cheese crescents,
    would make my hubby very happy, accept the crescents aren't on his heart diet,
    but you gave me a great idea, I will just make a grill cheese with ham,
    and it will go great with the Minestrone soup I am making today.
    So thanks for the idea............

    Your New Year's sounded great too,
    yes, I think we all need a few days to just kick around in our jamies all day and not have to to go anywhere............I am with ya on that one girlie.

    You have a lovely day today,
    Abundant blessings to you hon,
    Nellie

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  5. The cookies look beautiful! I might try those with Mary next year for Christmas:)

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  6. Ok... you're almost making me believe that even I could do this. Normally I run away from 'roll-up' recipes ;) thanks for sharing - they look very pretty! Also had to let you know I did buy a nifty little Cuisinart Pizzelle maker right before Christmas. My first batch was a hit! Thanks for your inspiration, and have a great weekend! -Tammy

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  7. Oh I used to make these and haven't thought about 'em in years! Now I gotta have some!!! My bad!

    Even better, I love the ham and cheese crescents, I think they'll do nicely with a bowl of soup Sunday after Church. MMMMMMmmmm, I can smell 'em now!

    God bless and have a fantastic weekend sweeite!!! :o)

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  8. These look scrumptious and are pretty, too!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Those cookies look great! I think I will also make them for Valentines Day. The ham and cheese crescents look so delicious!!

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  10. How cute! There are so many possibilities with this one. I might be the only one who eats them, but how about orange and black licorice like tiger ice cream?

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  11. I've made a variation of these before with my girly. They ARE good!
    Have a great weekend!!

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  12. How pretty those cookies are. I couldn't look at them very long because I am hungry and sugar is not in my diet.

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  13. Just found your blog and that pizza picture made me want pizza... SO I think I shall use your dough recipe and make something... (maybe pizza with no cheese, or bread sticks with pizza sauce to dip them in. that would be yummy...)

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  14. My late mom used to bake cookies similar to these. They will be beautiful for Valentine's Day.

    The crescents look good, also.

    I know you use your slow cooker often. Do you have a fav way to do cubed steak?

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  15. Those cookies looked so good - they looked hard - but you said they were easy. Maybe I'll try it. sandie

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  16. Your colorful swirl cookies look good. Thanks for sharing. Pat

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  17. I just made to cookies! only I think I did something wrong because They seemed very soft, so I added more flour. they are in the oven right now.
    thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. in the end, the cookies are okay. I put a picture of my cookies on my blog, you can go see if you'd like.

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  19. Happy new Year Lois, they almost look to pretty to eat!
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  20. Your cookies are so festive! I saw them too and have been wanting to make them! Great job!

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  21. Thank you so much for linking up to Weekend Potluck! (and thank you for linking back!). I am featuring these over on facebook today. I know lots of folks will love these! Please feel free to hop on over to my blog and grab a featured button. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. ~Brandie

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  22. They really are adorable & inviting...and soo yummy looking. So glad you linked up at Weekend Potluck.

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  23. I want to make the beautiful cookies! I need to make 6 dozen, how many dozen does this recipe yield? :)

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  24. G'day! I have always wanted to make these cookies, true!
    Now they have moved up my list to do! Thank you!
    Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Christmas Cookie Exchange
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net
    @mickeydownunder

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  25. These are easy to make and yummy, we made them when you originally shared them! Merry Christmas, Lois!

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  26. My kids would love these cookies for the colors and sprinkles! Yummy! All month long I am featuring different holiday cookie creations for my cookie countdown to Christmas! I would love it if you stopped by to check it out! :-)
    Cathy @ threekidsandafish.com

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  27. These look so delicious and festive!

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  28. These look so fun to make! And I need to make a Christmas cookie list too. I'm always stumped when it comes to December and find myself scrambling for recipes.

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  29. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  30. The cookies look delicious! I have not had much success in the past with sugar cookies but I am wanting to try again. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Fun cookies! My kids would love making these. :0) Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again Sunday night!

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  32. What a beautiful holiday cookie! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the clear instructions! Blessings, Janet

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  33. How cute! I love this idea! Thanks for linking up with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party this week!

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