Hey everyone! I hope by now that all of you, are up to your eyeballs in holiday joy and merriment! Before you know it, 2018 is going to be here and you are going to wish that you pigged out on that piece of cherry pie. But oh, too late. Your new year’s resolutions have already started. News flash! 2018 is not here yet and that cherry pie is just waiting for you to eat it! Can you tell that I’m craving some cherry pie?
In the hectic craziness that happens just a few days before any major holiday, or family gathering; I always seem to find myself rushing around trying to finish everything last minute. Checking the time constantly, spilling things because I’m in such a rush. Hopefully it wasn’t my coffee I spilt. I’m going to be needing that. With Christmas just 2 days away I decided to get ahead start on my holiday cooking.
I’m not that good of a meal chef but hey, dessert I can do. I like to add a few things to the dessert table every holiday. Usually I make cream puffs, thumb print cookies, or pie. But, in addition to all the usual dessert this year I am switching it up a bit and experimenting. Experimenting can always go two ways. It can come out to be super amazing and delicious, or a complete disaster and a never make again. Lets hope for the first outcome. So, I will be experimenting with some cookies this year. Cookies are really easy to make and its really hard to mess them up.
Today, I started ahead of time and made some of the cookie dough in advance. This way when baking time comes, the dough will be all ready to go and will just need to be thrown on a pan and shoved into the oven. Baking time is of course Christmas eve, this way Santa will have some cookies to curb his hunger when he stops by my house!
One of the cookie’s that were prepped today was a sprinkle swirly sugar cookie dough. I’m sure there is an actual name for them but this will do. It pretty much sums up what the cookie is, and that is a swirly sugar cookie covered in sprinkles. This recipe is so easy and literally took me a half hour to make and throw in the fridge. These cookies are going to be so pretty and look store bought. It will look like I slaved over the oven all day just to make them. These are for sure going to wow all your family and friends.
Below you will find the recipe that I used for these sugar cookies. But, I’m sure youcould use any sugar cookie recipe and it will work exactly the same. I decided to get a little adventurous and make a three colored swirl instead of the play it save two colored swirl. This required you to cut the dough into three equal pieces. The recipe below will tell you to cut the dough ball into two equal halves, but don’t stop there! What is life if it doesn’t have some risk in it? It’s boring, that’s what it is. When it comes to making each piece ‘equal’, now thats the hard part. One piece is huge, and one is way too small, while the middle one is the perfect size. Either way, I’m way too lazy too roll the dough back up and try again so I left it just how it was.
After you have rolled your dough out, and you finally have it the perfect size and shape. Step seven requires that you to take your rectangles and place them on top of each other. This is one of the most important steps in the whole recipe. One major
tip that I will give you is to make sure your refrigerate your dough before you do this step. Otherwise there is a very good chance that you will drop your dough, or it will rip and there will be no coming back from that disaster! So I’ll save you some aggravation and tell you to refrigerate your dough. I left my dough in between the plastic wrap and wax paper and threw it in the fridge for 5 minutes to let it harden up a little bit. This way when I went to peel the plastic wrap off I wasn’t peeling off chunks of dough with it or having my dough flop all over the place. It lined up nice and easy and was mess free! Every mom’s dream, mess free.
So, I have my log of dough covered in sprinkles sitting in my fridge just waiting to be baked. All I have to do is preheat my oven, slice up my log and done! I will be sure to vlog the finished products in an upcoming video. This has got to be one of the easiest cookies to make, ever! Even though this is an easy recipe it is guaranteed to make someone say, “Did you buy these?”
Ingredients: (for 16 servings)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 8 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- food coloring
- In a bowl, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix in egg, vanilla, and salt.
- Mix in flour.
- Make the dough into a ball and cut into two equal halves.
- Add food coloring to one half of the dough, working it until evenly mixed.
- On a cutting board covered in plastic wrap, use a rolling pin to roll out each piece of dough to make two equal rectangles. Tip: To prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin, place a piece of wax paper over your dough while rolling.
- Take the colored dough rectangle and place over the other rectangle. Tip: Refrigerate dough for 5 minutes to make this step much easier.
- Use the plastic wrap that is under the regular dough rectangle to help you roll the two rectangles up.
- Fill a baking pan with sprinkles and roll the dough around in it until the outside of your log is completely covered.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 375’F.
- Slice your log into 1/4-inch slices and place them on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are no longer shiny.