Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas cookies continues...

Here comes another Christmas treat in my cookie series.

Pinwheel Cookies
Zebra cookies
Gifting home baked cookies is the great way to celebrate these holidays. But why settle for one type of cookies when you can easily have many ?

One base
+   Some
=    Bourbon biscuits
   Choco cookies
   Pinwheel cookies
   Zebra cookies

Doesn't the above equation reminds you the old chemistry class or Maths Theorem class ?
This is the secret formula for my Christmas cookie treats. By keeping the bourbon biscuit recipe as my base recipe I did little variation and did 3 more kind of cookies. Thanks to Nithu's kitchen, the Bourbon biscuit now got two more little sisters, Pinwheel cookies and Zebra cookies.

For both the cookies, I used two coloured cookie dough with single recipe.

Ingredients :

One layer -- the chocolate layer the ingredients same as the choco cookies.
Second layer -- Plain one, except the cocoa powder and instant coffee.

Preparation  :
--- Prepare the two separate dough as mentioned in the choco cookies. Don't make the dough  more soft. Play with water and make sure all the crumbs are held together and knead the dough.
--- Wrap both the dough separately and refrigerate it for an hour.

*** Click here to find the recipe and the method to prepare the dough

Method - for Pinwheel cookies
--- Preheat the oven to 350 F
--- After an hour, take both the dough out from the fridge, unwrap them.
--- Take either one of the dough, divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll one dough to 3-4 mm thickness on a parchment paper and make approximately  10" x 8 " rectangle.
--- Follow the same  procedure for another color dough and make another rectangle.
--- Place rolled white dough on to the chocolate dough, press gently to make an even layer.
--- From one end, start rolling the rectangle dough tightly and form a log. Wrap the log and refrigerate again for an hour.
--- Follow the same step for the rest of the dough.
--- Take the dough and cut 1/4 inch thick slices. Now you can see nice two coloured swirls.
--- Place them on the cookie sheet and bake it for 10 - 12 minutes.
--- Once baked, cool it and put it in air tight container.

I did not roll tightly the first set of dough and also did not refrigerate it. So the dough was little flimsy and I was not able to cut the log properly. This led me to Zebra cookies.

Here comes the method for making these cookies.

--- Since the log was flimsy I was not able to cut the dough log in proper round. So I cut the log  to 1/2 inch  plus thickness.
--- Then cut the 1/2inch dough vertically, flattened it and formed a round shape. I got uneven color on the flattened uncooked cookie.
--- Made some impression using the fork, sprinkled some raw sugar. Placed on the cookie sheet and baked them at 350 F at 10 - 12 minutes.

These cookies were a big hit, my husband still asks me how I made the patchy effect on the Zebra cookies and the double swirl effect on the Pinwheel cookies.


  1. wow, those are simply amazing..delicious treats for the festive season!!
    This is my first visit to your blog but I love the food you feature here. I'll be back often :)

    US Masala

  2. Simple and delicious cookie treats.

  3. Lovely cooking..You seem to be on a baking spree nowadays!!Keep going!!


  4. Cookies, cookies feel like grabbing some....Awesome work Preetha.


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