Sunday, May 2, 2010
Cookie Recipe #120 - Mini Strawberry Pinwheels
Cirlces of strawberry jam wrapped up in a soft cheesy, lemony cookie (almost pastry-like) is a good description of today's cookie.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped lemon zest, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup strawberry or raspberry jam.
Instructions: In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese with sugar. Add egg, lemon juice and lemon zest; continue beating until light and fluffy. Sift flour and baking soda together and gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Divide dough in three; work with one portion at a time, refrigerating unworked portions. On a floured surface, roll into a rectangle, 9x10 inches and 1/8 inch thick. Trim edges. Brush with 1/3 of jam and roll up, starting with long end. Repeat with remaining portions of dough and jam.
Cut rolls into slices about 1/2 inch thick with knife dipped in flour and wiping clean after each cut. Place on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2" apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm and just slightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
If desired, make a simple glaze of 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons milk (add more as needed). Stir until smooth and drizzle small amounts on each cookie.
With or without glaze, these a good treat.
"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications, Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.