Minty Swirls

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These festive minty swirl cookies make a colourful addition to any sweet tray. The green dough can easily be coloured to suit any holiday by simply changing the paste food colouring.

  • Portion size 60 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • green paste food colouring

Method

In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, peppermint extract and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour. Divide in half. Knead 1 of the halves into smooth ball. Colour remaining half to desired shade, kneading into smooth ball.

Place each half between plastic wrap; roll out each to 10- x 7-1/2-inch (25 x 19 cm) rectangle. Cut each in half lengthwise.

Place 1 rectangle on plastic wrap; top with other colour, aligning short edges and leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) on long edge uncovered. Starting at uncovered long edge, roll up tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap; gently press in sides and top to pack dough together. Repeat with remaining dough to make second log. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.)

Using sharp knife, trim ends of each log; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until tops are firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 3 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 8 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 50.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Potassium 5 mg
  • Cholesterol 7 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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