Thank you all who read through all my posts last week. I did my best to keep each post in tone with this blog and connect them with food. Since we basically did eat our way up the coast, that wasn't too hard to do. I know they were a bit long-winded and were filled with enough editing mistakes to make my former English teachers cringe but they are what they are. Because of all your patience at my self indulgence you deserve a cookie, or at least a cookie recipe!
I took a recipe for cake-mix cookies and used the technique of a pinwheel cookie recipe to come up with this tasty and cute variation. For Halloween you can tint half of the yellow dough with 2 drops of yellow food coloring and 1 drop of red to create orange and black (brown) pinwheels.
Cake Mix Pinwheels
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 package Marble Cake Mix
1 tablespoon butter, softened
Decorative sugar crystals (optional)
Combine shortening, 1/3 cup butter, egg yolks and extract in a large bowl. Blend well and add in cake mix (not the cocoa packet yet). Beat ingredients together.
Divide dough in half. Add cocoa packet and 1 tablespoon butter to half of the dough. Knead until cocoa is fully incorporated.
Roll out yellow dough between two pieces of wax paper into about a 12x18 rectangle.
Repeat with chocolate dough. Remove top pieces of wax paper from each and place one rectangle on top of the other. Remove the remaining wax paper and roll the dough up like a jelly-roll. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Cut the dough into slices an 1/8 of an inch thick and place slices on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Cool 3 minutes before removing and sprinkle with decorative sugar if desired.