Thursday, December 23, 2010
Cookie Recipe #355 - Swirled Mint Cookies
These cute little cookies are mint-flavored and dusted with colored sugar before baking.
Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, red food coloring, green food coloring, colored sugar.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl beat butter; add the sugar and mix well. Beat in egg, vanilla and peppermint extract until combined. Add in flour until thoroughly incorporated.
Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Stir red food coloring into one portion; green into another, and leave remaining portion plain. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
Divide each color of dough into four equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 1/2-inch diameter rope. Place one red, one green, and one plain rope side by side. Twist together. Repeat with remaining ropes. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut ropes into 1/2-inch slices. Carefully roll slices into balls, blending colors as little as possible. Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle colored sugar (or plain sugar) over each cookie generously.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.