School Treats

With the temps being as warm as they have been, its a wonder we have snow at all.  Just the right snow for the girls to make a snowman yesterday after school.  I showed them once last year how to make the big snowballs for snowman bodies and they remembered.  Now if I could just get math and reading to stick like that.

If you remember at Halloween time, we had a tad bit of a catastrophe with the treats for school.  I promised to make treats for Gdaughter #1 for her Christmas party.  Well, thank you once again Paula Deen.  And yes, I will keep them out of reach of my Honey.

PEPPERMINT PINWHEELS

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
  • Special equipment: 24 lollipop sticks

Directions

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in another large bowl. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and peppermint extract. Gradually add the dry mixture, beating until combined. Remove half of the mixture from the bowl. Add food coloring, beating until fully combined. In waxed paper, roll out dough to form a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat this step with the other half of uncolored dough with no food coloring. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Tear out 1 sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Sprinkle the surface of the paper with powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Very carefully, slide the red dough on top of the white dough. Trim edges if uneven and patch if necessary. Roll dough into a log, creating a swirl effect. Place the dough back in the refrigerator and let chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice the dough into 1/2-inch slices and place on a parchment lined sheet tray about 1-inch apart. Place lollipop stick about 1-inch through the flat side of the dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

They look cute before baking, but don’t think that you are going to get size large cookies like were shown on the show.  Buy the short sticks because if you buy the large ones, you will be cutting them in half like it did.  I also had to cut the slices about 3/4 of an inch because I was having trouble getting the sticks in without tearing the cookie.  I also didn’t chill the dough as much.  After coloring the dough, I rolled one color out between 2 pieces of wax paper and then put the other color on top, covered with wax paper as rolled it out on top of the other dough.  I removed the wax paper and rolled them together and then chilled for probably about 4 hours.

They looked cute right out of the oven and smelled soooo…well, pepperminty. And they looked great all wrapped up and ready for the party on Friday….and hey, it was only Tuesday nite.  What’s up with that.  Sooooo unlike me.

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