Pinwheels and Checkerboards
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
Makes6 dozen pinwheel and 4 dozen checkerboard cookies
These were the most tasteless cookies I ever baked. Had various people taste them and they all stated they had no flavor. Can't understand how they won an award for these. Maybe because they look good. Don't waste your time making these.
They're very cute cookies, but neither have very much flavor. I don't know if I'd add peppermint in the spirals like someone suggested, but that's because not everyone likes peppermint. I put these, along with snickerdoodles, in a tin as a Christmas gift for a coworker. I'm pleased with the way they look, but that's about all.
The checkerboards are awesome, but the pinwheels are rather bland.
I, too, have been making these cookies since I first saw the recipe. In fact, I HAVE to make these every Christmas. It's now a tradition. I failed at the checkerboards, so I just make the spirals. I also add mint flavoring (daughter's request). I have also made these for wedding showers using the bride's colors. Really pretty and I decorate by using colored sugar.
These are so pretty and taste great. They really brighten up a cookie table or gift assortment. Sometimes I skip the chocolate checkered ones and make them all green and red because they take extra time to put together.
These cookies do take some time to make, but they are so pretty for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. My grandmother used to make cookies similar to this, and I so loved them! The cookies have a nice, buttery flavor. I don't make them often but when I do make them, they really do make a special addition to the cookie tray or gift box!
i made these cookies several years ago. They are a special cookie to make at Christmas. just to comment on a few post i read. I liked the one about adding flavoring, since this is basically just a sugar cookie, and this is a time consuming recipe, especially the checkerboard one, but if you take your time, cut out the exact strips and line it all out right, they turn out really pretty. I got satisfaction in making these cookies. May try again this year. i had this copy of the magazine and lost it. it had a great homemade coconut creme pie recipe as well in it that i made at christmastime
We loved the way these turned out! They are so beautiful! I did use cake decorating color instead of the gel food coloring and they did fine. I didn't rate it 5 stars because we had a hard time with them. Difficulty level is pretty high to me. And the checkerboards were near impossible. All in all, we will make the pinwheels again, and perfect them :)
I have made these every year since first seeing the recipe. They are fun to make, look beautiful, and taste good, too!
I've been making these for years. They are very time consuming, but worth doing just once a year (or twice... I did do a red, white and blue checkerboard version for the 4th).I think they taste great, too. I flavor some of the dough with almond extract and that way have 3 different tastes from one dough.I make one roll of the pinwheels with the green on the outside to get another look.