Christmas Spiral Cookies are so fun and festive for the holiday season! These homemade slice and bake cookies will certainly stand out in an assortment of Christmas cookies. A perfect cookie to take to a cookie swap party and impress the guests!
Spiral Christmas Cookies
yields approximately 30 cookies
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- red gel food coloring
- 1 1/2 cups sanding sugar
Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and confectioners’ sugar together. Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. Add the vanilla.
Split the dough into two equal halves. Remove half of the dough. In the other half, gradually add the red food coloring and mix until you reach the desired color.
Rollout each half of the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or parchment paper into a rectangular shape and 1/8 inch thick. While in the paper, place the rolled out dough onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Remove from the refrigerator and place the sheet of red dough on top of the plain dough. Trim the edges to evenly create a rectangular shape. Once the dough warms slightly, it can be rolled without cracking. Roll into a log, pressing out the air in between the layers.
Roll the log in a pan of green sanding sugar.
Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Heat the oven to 325°. Slice the log with a sharp knife about 1/4″ thick and place on a baking sheet for 14 – 16 minutes until the cookie is lightly browned.
Store in an air-tight container and they will be fresh until Christmas!
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