IN A WHIRL to find the perfect birthday dessert for December? Just turn to these yummy seasonal swirls! "The buttery mint treats practically melt in your mouth," Gloria confirms. "Plus, bright food coloring gives them a lively look for parties." While Gloria likes to form her cookie dough into wreath shapes, CT's kitchen staff gave her recipe a new twist. They created peppermints wrapped in cellophane—perfect for pairing with Julie Todd's "candy" project.
- 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Green and red paste or gel food coloring
- In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt and extract and mix well. Divide dough into four portions. Tint one portion green and one red; leave remaining portions plain.
- Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a 6-in. log. Flatten into triangular logs, bending the top of one point slightly (to give finished cookies a pinwheel effect). Assemble one large roll by alternating three green and three plain logs. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with red and remaining plain dough. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- Cut 6-in.-square pieces of cellophane or plastic wrap to wrap each cookie; twist ends securely or tie with a ribbon. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Peppermint Candy Cookies in Country Woman November/December 2001, p43
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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010
"These are delicious and very easy to make. My family loves cookies and they keep this recipe handy for making these whenever they can."