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Are these not the most beautiful cookies you’ve ever seen?  I think they look so elegant; but, like most things that look elegant, they’re really not at all!  If you have some patience and a little time on your hands, these cookies are perfect.  Besides, we can all use some practice using our rolling pin, right!?  (I have a little collection of rolling pins – right now, I have only six, but even with such a small number, I always find a little pleasure in selecting which one to use.  Is that only exciting to me?)

Cinnamon Log Pinwheel Cookies

Besides just how pretty these are, there’s more to you should know about this cookie.  It’s actually very easy to make.  I discovered this recipe from Ricardo’s Magazine and once I read the ingredient list, I knew I had to make it.  I couldn’t believe that something with such simple and few ingredients could be so pretty.

Cinnamon Log Pinwheel Cookies

Even though cinnamon is one of the ingredients used, and the ingredient is named in the title of the recipe, it’s a delayed taste reaction when you bite into them.  At first, they taste like a well-made sugar cookie, but a few seconds later, the warm taste of cinnamon floods your mouth.

Cinnamon Log Pinwheel Cookies

I can’t wait to make these again.  I’m thinking that a little red or green colouring in the batter would make for a lovely festive Christmas treat!

Cinnamon Log Pinwheel Cookies

Cinnamon Log Pinwheel Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour and the salt and set aside.
  2. In a separate larger bowl, using your hand held mixer, blend together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add the egg and beat until a smooth consistency.
  3. Continuing to use your mixer, but on the lowest setting, mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Separate the cookie dough into two separate amounts.
  5. Take one half, form into a large ball and then flatten to a disk shape with the palm of your hand. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside.
  6. Add the cinnamon and cocoa powder to the remaining cookie dough, and using your mixer on a low speed, mix the powders into the dough.
  7. Again, form the cinnamon-flavoured dough into a ball, flatten to a disk shape with the palm of your hand, and wrap in plastic wrap.
  8. Place both packages of wrapped dough into your refrigerator for one hour.
  9. After an hour has passed, retrieve one of the dough packages and roll to ¼ inch thickness (try to get as close to a rectangular shape as possible). Set aside.
  10. Repeat with the next package of dough.
  11. Gently lay one rectangular dough on top of the other. Carefully roll up the sides of the dough together so that a large log is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate once again for one hour.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Slice the dough log into ¼ inch slices. Place each slice on a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet. Leave room between each slice for expansion.
  14. Bake, one baking sheet at a time, for 12 minutes.
  15. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Notes
This is a rather sticky dough. Rather than flouring a surface for rolling, place the dough between two large sheets of parchment and roll out. Peel off one side of the parchment and keep the bottom layer in place. This will help you roll the dough into a log easier by allowing you to lift and roll using the parchment paper rather than your hands.
 

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    1. I brought them all to work, because we are trying to avoid too many sweets. They disappeared in 60 minutes or less. 🙂

    1. The secret is to chill the dough before rolling and before slicing. A “cold” dough will take longer to heat up in the oven and that process prevents splitting or cracking. OR, so I’ve read – I’m no expert, but it does work for me. 🙂

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