Swirled Mint Cookies

Dainty, colorful cookies make a light finish to a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday feast.

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Yields:
about 72 (2-1/2-inch) or 144 (1-1/4-inch) cookies
Prep:
45 mins
Chill:
1 hr 30 mins
Bake:
6 mins 375°F per batch for smaller cookies or 8 minutes per batch for larger cookies
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Swirled Mint Cookies

Ingredients
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1
cup butter
1
cup sugar
1
egg
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract
10
drops red food coloring
10
drops green food coloring
 
Sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and baking powder; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and extract; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat until well-mixed. Divide dough into three equal portions. Stir red food coloring into one portion, stir green food coloring into another, and leave remaining dough portion plain. Cover; chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide each color of dough into four equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 1/2-inch-diameter rope. Place one red, one green, and one plain rope side by side. Twist together. Repeat with remaining ropes. Chill dough for 30 minutes. Cut ropes into 1/2-inch-thick slices for larger cookies or 1/4-inch-thick slices for smaller ones. Carefully roll slices into balls, blending colors as little as possible. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten each ball to 1/4-inch thickness.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until edges are set (allow 8 to 10 minutes for larger cookies; 6 to 8 minutes for smaller ones). Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes about 72 (2-1/2-inch) or 144 (1-1/4-inch) cookies.

From the Test Kitchen

Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

(Swirled Mint Cookies)
    Per serving:
  • 46 kcal cal.,
  • 3 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 10 mg chol.,
  • 29 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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