Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gift Giving

It was really interesting to hear what you all had to say on Christmas cards! Overall it was a great response—I appreciate you sharing your thoughts because I wasn’t sure if I was the only one with the Christmas letter bug still in me. Cheers to snail mail!

And it’s a new all should know what that means—time for Christmas Countdown. And it’s week 11, which means not long till Christmas!

This week’s recipe is extra special because I donated these cookies to Tina’s Blogger Bake Sale. I raised $45—so no doubt, these would be a stunning & delicious addition to your holiday cookie platters!

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies


From "Southern Living" magazine

Yield: Makes 4 dozen


  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4  teaspoon  red food coloring paste
  • Parchment paper


1. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended, scraping bowl as needed.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll 1 portion of dough into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle on a piece of lightly floured plastic wrap.
4. Knead food coloring paste into remaining portion of dough while wearing rubber gloves. Roll tinted dough into a rectangle as directed in Step 3. Invert untinted dough onto tinted dough; peel off plastic wrap. Cut dough in half lengthwise, forming 2 (12- x 4-inch) rectangles. Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side, using bottom piece of plastic wrap as a guide. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze 4 hours or up to 1 month.
5. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut ends off each dough log, and discard. Cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick pieces, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
6. Bake at 350° for 6 to 7 minutes or until puffed and set; cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

7. Place Peppermint Frosting in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag. Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe about 2 tsp. frosting onto half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, gently pressing to form a sandwich.
Peppermint Frosting

Yield: Makes 1 3/4 cups


  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1  (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  milk
  • 1/8  teaspoon  peppermint extract


1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium, and gradually add milk and peppermint extract, beating until smooth. 

RECIPE NOTE: I gave these out in my annual “Gift of Goodies” bags to friends and they claimed they are the best cookies I’ve made so far—add these to your list!

**Check out the awesome giveaway here—hurry ends Sunday!**

Check back tomorrow for a bonus swirled cookie recipe!

Do you prefer making cookies from scratch or jazzing up a cookie mix instead?

For me, it really depends on if I only have an hour to bake, or if I have all afternoon! But I always think from-scratch cookies have a special touch to them!


Sue said...

Your peppermint pinwheels turned out great! I was a bit confused when I noticed that the bake sale post linked to my site under your name, but now I get it:) Good for you for baking for a good cause!

Kim said...

You raised a great question with the christmas cards. I have to laugh though because I ended up sending about 60 of them today, and to think I questioned doing it at all? LOL!

I love the look of the pinwheels and I'm also a big fan of peppermint. They look really cute! I feel like you do about making cookies from scratch vs. using a mix. I like doing both, depends on the amount of time I have.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Oh my goodness these are the cutest ever. I am definitely going to give these a try!


sophia said...

Wow your pinewheels are perfect!!! When I made mine, it was sort of misshaped. You've got steady, gifted baking hands!

I prefer making cookies from scratch...I don't think there's much of a difference in labor.

Erica said...

I LOVE making cookies from scratch! Nothing better! Yours are gorgeous! I saw something similar on a Paula Deen special this morning- they are so cute! Have fun shopping

Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon said...

These peppermint cookies look just perfect--and the frosting looks like it might be the best part :) Nice work!

Erin said...

These are so awesome and so stinkin' festive looking. I love them!!!

tropical eats said...

those are adorable :)

homemade cookies definitely feel more homey, but ready bake ones are always yummy too!

i love the holiday ones by pillsbury i believe. they always have such cute designs!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Those are so cute!

I'm definitely a from scratch kind of girl. Not much difference in effort and lots better results.

Jerri said...

I love your pinwheels! They're so cute!

I'm hosting a Christmas Recipe party on Thursday (with prizes). Hope you can stop by!

Krista said...

I love pinwheel cookies!! Haven't had peppermint ones, though. I bet they rock!

Danielle said...

Oh my gosh, those are so cute! I love how you wrapped them. They're the perfect size too(: I've never made peppermint cookies before.