Homemade Christmas cookies were a big deal in my house growing up. I spent many a December afternoon having flour fights with my sisters and licking frosting bowls until I got sick while we baked piles and piles of cookies. Over the years I have collected so many favorite cookie recipes it was difficult choosing which variety to make for this series! I finally decided to make pinwheel cookies because they’re yummy (duh!), pretty and I’ve actually never made them before…..I guess this was what my mom was doing while my sisters and I made cut-outs on the dining room table.
Pinwheels are rolled butter cookies flavored with cocoa or peppermint. They aren’t as easy as simple drop cookies but the extra effort is well worth it! Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and for a cute packaging idea using a homemade origami star box.
Recipe: Pinwheel Cookies
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 cups of softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract
- Red food coloring
Makes about 2 dozen peppermint pinwheels and 2 dozen cocoa pinwheels.
Origami Star Box
I followed the instructions for making this box at www.origami-instructions.com and used 12 x 12 inch cardstock paper. It is easier than it looks! We featured several homemade ornament ideas last year, two of which are featured in my gift box above, beeswax cut out ornaments and cinnamon “cookie” ornaments. Everyone loves the charm, thoughtfulness and tastiness of a homemade gift!
Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!
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