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Peppermint Pinwheels

Put a spin on your holidays with these bright swirls! This recipe makes rich-tasting cookies with a minty flavor that sometimes surprises people. —Marcia Hostetter, Canton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; mix extract and food coloring into one portion.
  • Between waxed paper, roll each portion of dough into a 16x10-in. rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place red rectangle over plain rectangle; roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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