These Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies are so festive! Independence day is coming quickly as June comes to and end this week. When I was little, all the families on our street used to bring out their lawn chairs and the packages of fireworks that we purchased from firework stands. My favorite were the black snakes that used to make a mess and stain the concrete!
Now, every year we head over to a swimming and barbecue party that some friends of ours host. This year I am thinking about taking some fun pinwheel cookies that I made by adapting my old chocolate pinwheel recipe.
Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 sticks butter softened (1 1/4 cups)
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
blue and red food coloring (I used Americolor)
Cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until combined. Slowly add flour, salt and baking powder. Do not be afraid to use your hands to really get the dough blended. Split dough into thirds. Set one aside and separate the remaining two into separate bowls. Add red food coloring to one of the dough mixtures and use an electic mixer to adequately tint the dough. Repeat with the other third and blue food coloring.
Roll each of the doughs into a rectangle, keep on wax paper for ease of transferring.
Layer each color on top of one another.
Starting at one end, roll up the three layers.
Wrap spiral in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour, or two. You must not skip the chilling step because you need the dough to chill and adhere together.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Slice the rolled dough in 1/4 inch slices. Bake 9-11 minutes until lightly golden. Cool before removing from sheet.
How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Do you watch fireworks?