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Pinwheel Cookies


Today’s cookie, Pinwheels, is my Mom’s favorite and to be honest it is one of the cookies that no one in the family wants to take responsibility for.  The reason is they are a pain to make!! They are one of those annoying rolled cookies that NEVER work out the way you want them too.  Just roll them up and throw them in the fridge until you are ready to slice some off, yeah right.  Well I was determined to make them this year!! I started early so I would have plenty of time; the mixing went well and put them in the fridge, so far so good. 
The tricky part is rolling the dough, my Gram always rolled between 2 sheets of waxed paper and her cookies were always perfect so I got out my waxed paper and rolled out the vanilla layer.  Mine was not a perfect rectangle & it started to stick to the wax paper but I pressed on. 

Rolled out the chocolate layer, which was colder and easier to work with. 

It was the combining of the 2 layers that got difficult, the vanilla layer was sticking to the wax paper but I patched it up, held my breath and quickly rolled the 2 together, wrapped it back in wax paper and put it back in fridge. 

The trick seems to be to keep the dough cold and work quickly.

 The rest is easy, slice and bake then enjoy. 

I successfully made the cookies, not as uniform and pretty as my Gram but they taste good.

Look, another cookie on the tray.

Pinwheel Cookies

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1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted

Cream butter until fluffy.
Gradually add in sugar.
Mix in egg and vanilla.
Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Add melted chocolate to 1 part, mix well.

Chill each portion of dough until stiff and easy to handle.
Roll each portion of the dough into an oblong about ⅛ “ thick.
Place one piece of dough on top of the other.
Roll the long edge jelly roll fashion.
Wrap in wax paper and chill.

When ready to bake slice the rolls into cookies.
Arrange the slices on cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies

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