Friday, January 6, 2012

Easy Slice and Bake Cookies...

This week's Something Yummy for My Colonel's Tummy is
 this FABULOUS recipe I found on Pinterest a few weeks before Christmas.
They looked so delicious and different, I decided to add them to my 
Christmas Cookie List this year.

They were a hit!

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)
(I used GREEN food coloring and 1/2 tsp. of ALMOND EXTRACT)

1 1/2 cup holiday sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

 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. 
At this point, your dough will form a ball on your paddle.

 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.  

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. 

Mix until the color is spread out evenly.

 Roll out each portions of your dough, between two sheets a wax paper 
until is reaches about 11 x 9 inches and is 1/4 inch thick. 

Slide both unto a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

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... 


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.

Pour out sprinkles onto a large platter and set aside. 

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... 


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...


Now gently lift your dough log onto the sprinkles and roll away. 
Cover the log completely with your sprinkles...


Wrap the colorfully decorated log in plastic wrap twice. 
Depending on when you want to bake the cookies, either place the 
wrapped dough into refrigerator for about 3-4 hours or you can 
put it the freezer and keep it there for up to 2 months. 

If freezing, give yourself time for the dough to defrost in the fridge overnight before cutting.

 Slice your dough into 1/4-1/8 inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets...


Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly golden. 
Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, 
then move them to a cookie rack to finish cooling.

At first I thought this recipe was going to be way too much work.
I WAS WRONG!
They were so easy.
I used almond extract for the GREEN cookie layer.

DELICIOUS!


Enjoy your day! 

29 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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