I was invited to a cookie exchange last night. Not sure what I was thinking, but I picked a recipe I have never actually tried before, Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels. They were fairly tedious to make, but also a bit fun. I needed a double recipe, so I started by making 2 batches of sugar cookie dough. The first batch I added chocolate (unsweetened) too. I would have to say this was probably the toughest part. It was a complete mess trying to incorporate six ounces of melted chocolate into the dough. Look at the mess!
I actually got the above disaster to turn into this:
I added peppermint oil and crushed candy cane to the second batch. (And also egg yolk? What the heck is that for?!)
I then rolled out each batch, then laid (or is it layed? Whatever.) the peppermint layer on top of the chocolate layer. This part was fun.
I then rolled the thing up into what looked like an enormous turd. Stuck in the fridge for a couple of hours, then sliced.
This is how they looked after baking. Aren't they cute? Yes, but how do they taste. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. They weren't very sweet. They were more like a shortbread. I bet they would be delish with a cup of coffee (hmmm, maybe I will try that for breakfast tomorrow!) I think if I make them again I will try sweetened chocolate instead of the called for unsweetened.
Here is the recipe if you are interested. I used peppermint oil instead of extract since that is what I had. The oil is much stronger than the extract, so I used much less than called for.
I did come home with a nice assortment of cookies. Not that I need 7 different types of cookies in my house. Have I mentioned I have put on weight since I have been unable to run? sigh...
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