Wednesday, 28 December 2011

pink swirl peppermint sandwich cookies!

so i haven't posted anything in a bit, since i've been busy with christmas things and whatnot. but these deserved to be remembered. when i saw them i knew i had to make them, and i did.. and they were amazing. but it took a lot of effort. i mean not an insane amount, but more than i would usually spend on cookies. i'd make them again, but only for super special occasions :)

they are actually supposed to be red swirls, however i do not own any red food pink it was. but i believe they look just as cute, if not more so... but possibly a tad less festive. these are cute on their own too, however i took two and sandwiched them with peppermint buttercream in between. at first they were crunchy and slightly difficult to eat, but they get better with age! after a day or two, the frosting softens up the cookies and they turn into soft sugary goodness.

here's the recipe!

Yields about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Red gel food coloring, as needed
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until well combined.
Remove 1/2 of the dough and add red/pink food coloring to the remaining dough, beating until well mixed. Gel food color will work best. Water based food colors will most likely leave you with a more faded colour, no matter how much coloring you add. Wrap each dough separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a half hour to an hour to firm up the dough.
Roll out one color of dough to 1/4-inch thick rectangle on a lightly floured non-stick baking mat or wax paper. Roll out the second color of dough to 1/4-inch thick rectangle of the same size on a lightly floured surface. Place the second rectangle on top of the first and trim the edges until even. Using the mat or wax paper, roll the dough into a log. Secure with rubber bands and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours to firm up.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for best cookie removal.
Remove rubber bands from cookie log and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut cookies to 1/8-inch thick and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes; do not allow the edges to brown. Cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.

**note: i had a bit of extra dough left from cutting off the extra pieces around the outside of the rectangle, so i rolled the pieces out and made a mini roll as well, so i had some adorable mini cookie sandwiches... if i had of known they'd be so perfectly bite-sized, i'd have done them all like that!

Peppermint Frosting
8 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Pinch of salt
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and continue beating on low until combined. Mix in peppermint extract, heavy cream, and salt. If frosting is too thick, add an additional teaspoon or two of heavy cream to smooth it out. If frosting is too thin, add additional cup of powdered sugar until desired texture is reached.
Using a pastry bag (or plastic bag with the corner cut out), pipe peppermint buttercream onto the bottom of a pinwheel cookie and sandwich with another cookie. Repeat this using all pinwheel cookies. Let buttercream dry before storing cookies in an airtight container.

the finished product, ready for the holiday party upstairs (along with Tara's chocolate raspberry thumbprint cookies!)

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