These colorful cookies are as fun to make as they are
I like sugar cookies, but they tend to be rather bland on their own and once you add all the frosting they tend to be too sweet. These refrigerator cookies are sweet and colorful on their own - no frosting needed.
I remember my grandma making these and my sister and I made them with my mom when we were kids. We had tons of fun playing with the colored dough, sometimes rolling three or four colors together to make the most beautiful pinwheels possible. Just be sure to add any decorations before baking because without frosting they won't stick afterward.
Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Red and green food coloring
Beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar gradually and cream together until smooth. Mix in the egg and baking powder. Stir in the flour. Divide the dough in half and color one half with the red food coloring and one half with the green. Chill the dough until it is easy to handle, then roll each color seperately into oblongs 1/8-inch thick. Place one on top of the other and roll them together tightly like a jelly roll. Wrap the roll securely in foil or waxed paper and chill 12 to 24 hours. Cut the rolled dough into thin slices and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until they just begin to brown at the edges. Makes about 40 cookies.
ALTERNATE 1: You can also make vanilla-chocolate pinwheels. Divide the dough in half and leave one half as-is. To the second half, add 1 ounce melted baking chocolate. Chill and roll together like for the Christmas pinwheels.
ALTERNATE 2: These cookies don't have to be pinwheels. You can color all of the dough one color or leave it "white." Shape the dough into a tube about 2 inches in diameter and chill and slice like you would the pinwheels. Just before baking, sprinkle the cookies with colored sugar, candy sprinkles or cinnamon imperials.