Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cookie Recipe: Classic pinwheels for Christmas or anytime

December is the time for cookies. So many of us give or exchange cookies, and pinwheel cookies are a classic. If you decide to use food coloring, don't forget that there is organic food coloring available too. You don't have to give chemicals to your family and friends, but you can still have pretty cookies in every color of the rainbow.

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Pinwheel cookies
Pinwheel cookies
Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 square chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually. Cream until light and fluffy. Add egg. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Mix thoroughly. Add flavoring. Divide dough into two portions. Add chocolate to one portion. Turn onto lightly floured board. Roll white dough in sheet 1/8 inch thick. Roll chocolate dough in thin sheet the same size. Place the chocolate dough over the white dough and press together firmly. Roll as for jelly roll. Chill thoroughly. Cut in thin slices. Place on well-oiled baking sheet. Bake in hot oven (425 F.) 10-12 minutes. Food coloring may be substituted for chocolate if desired. 36 servings. Barbara Webster, Fitchburg, Mass.

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I post recipes from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943.  What will you post?


  1. I've never made pinwheels, but they always look so festive :-)

  2. Hi Joy we are back in business. I will most likely run it off my Vintage blog.

  3. varunner: Yes, pinwheels are fun.
    Russ: Good. Glad to have you back. I really like your new vintage blog too.


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