I love sugar cookies and this year for Santa, I decided to make something unique rather than the same old chocolate chip cookies! As usual I looked up Pinterest and found so many pins on colorful swirled cookies. I was also intrigued because I came across a failed pin on swirled cookies. I decided to give it a try and have to say, it is pretty easy to make swirled cookies.
For sugar cookie dough, I stuck with Alton Brown’s recipe. Alton Brown’s recipes have never failed me till now and if I follow it to the T, the recipe comes out great. You can find Alton’s sugar cookie recipe on Food Network.com or you can just follow it below –
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Food color of your choice
Parchment paper and plastic wrap
1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Beat the sugar and butter in a bowl till it is mixed and light in color.
3. Add milk and egg and beat to combine.
4. Add the flour mixture gradually and mix it until it forms a dough. Remember not to over mix the dough.
5. Split the dough into equal halves, add few drops of food color into one half and knead it till the color is mixed into the dough uniformly.
6. Wrap both halves in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
7. Alton Brown’s recipe calls for rolling the dough over powdered sugar but I find it much easier to roll the dough out between two parchment papers. So roll both portions of the dough separately into a rectangle that are of same shape
8. I like to have the colored dough on the outside, so first lay the colored dough rolled out into a rectangle on your work surface. Then gently place the other half of the dough which has also been rolled out into a rectangle over the first sheet. Make sure the edges align as much as possible. Then roll both the sheets together into a log. Roll the log over a plate of sprinkles so that all sides are covered in sprinkles. Wrap the log again in plastic wrap and refrigerate for another hour.
9. Preheat the over to 375 degrees F.
10. Unwrap the log and using serrated knife, gently cut up discs about 1/4 inch thick from the log. Start from one end. The discs at the beginning and end maybe slightly smaller than the ones in the center. Place the cookies on baking sheet and bake till the edges are just beginning to turn brown. It should take approximately 8 -10 minutes.
11. Allow the baked cookies to cool down before you store them in airtight containers.