Monday, March 12, 2012

Pinwheel Cookies

Over the holidays, I tried some great cookies from Joan's on Third and was inspired to make my own. I don't normally do sliced cookies since I don't want to wait, and the result is not always what I want. I was pleasantly surprised with these, though. Mine definitely do not look as pretty as Joan's, but they have nice crispy edges and soft middles.
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup cocoa powder

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg. Gradually add in the flour mixture.
Remove half of the dough and place on wax paper or plastic wrap. In the remaining dough, mix in the cocoa powder. Put the chocolate dough on a separate piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Seal both and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap. Roll out the dough into two rectangles. Make one rectangle about one in larger on all sides. Put the smaller rectangle on top of the larger rectangle. Roll the dough lengthwise into a log. Make one inch slices and put the dough on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely on the cookie sheet before serving. 
Yields 18 cookies.

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