Colorful Swirl Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup un-sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter (cut in chunks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp of food coloring of your choice
  • 1 ½ cup holiday sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugars with paddle on medium until well blended.

Add butter and vanilla extract

Remove all dough and divide into two equal parts. Return one portion back in to the mixer and add the food coloring. (If you are using liquid food coloring, you will need to add a few tbsp of flour to keep the dough from becoming too wet.)

Mix until the color is spread out evenly.

Roll out each portions of your dough, between two sheets of wax paper until it reaches about 11 x 9 inches and is 1/4 inch thick. Slide both onto a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
When firm, remove the top sheets of wax paper from both. Brush the uncolored vanilla dough lightly with water using a pastry brush. Then flip the colored dough onto the vanilla uncolored dough so they are stacked atop each other and even. Press the edges lightly with your fingertips to seal them together. Using a small pairing knife, trim the edges of the dough to make straight, even lines.

Pour out sprinkles onto a large platter and set aside. Be sure your dough is still cold, but flexible. Begin rolling the long side of dough into a swirl, jelly-roll style. Now, don’t get nervous if the outer layer of uncolored dough tears a bit. It’s no problem, just pinch and pat those tears and voila, then just keep rolling.

Gently lift your dough log onto the sprinkles and roll away. Cover the log completely with your sprinkles. Wrap the colorfully decorated log in plastic wrap twice. Depending on when you want to bake the cookies, either place the wrapped dough into refrigerator for about 3-4 hours

Slice your dough into ¼ – 1/8-inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly golden.

Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cookie rack to finish cooling. Enjoy your whimsical Christmas cookies!


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