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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet Swirl Cookies of Love

Here's a super easy, extra pretty Valentines Day treat you can whip up in a jiff for Monday's school parties: Sweet Swirl Cookies!

Don't they look deelish? They're plain old sugar cookies, rolled, sliced, and baked.

Get the recipe and tute for Sweet Swirl Cookies of Love after the jump...

I hope the other parents don't mind the sugar... what are you making for your Valentines parties?  Leave us a comment, and you might win an adorable embroidery pattern!

Sweet Swirl Cookies of Love

First whip up a batch of sugar cookies. We always use Martha Stewart's Ideal Sugar Cookie Recipe.  Makes approx 2 dozen cookies.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons brandy, or milk (I prefer milk, surprisingly enough)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy or milk, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.

Here is where we shake it up to make our swirl cookies.
Transfer half of dough to a work surface. IN the bowl of your mixer add 1/8 teaspoon of food coloring (I used Wilton Rose). Mix until just evenly distributed, try not to overmix.

Place your white dough between two pieces of wax or parchment paper and roll into a rectangle as best you can. Repeat with the colored dough. Place on a baking sheet and put it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and peel the paper off of one side of the colored dough. Lightly flour your work surface and flip the dough over onto it, then peel off the paper from the other side.

Lightly brush the top of the colored dough with water (i love my OXO silicone pastry brush).

Peel the paper off of one side of your white dough. Place it dough side down on top of the colored dough, trying to align the two rectangles of dough as well as possible. Then peel the paper from the other side. Try not to break your dough into pieces like I did, but if you do just gently smoosh them back on.

Use a sharp knife to trim the edges of your rectangle so they are straight and even. Save the scraps!

Start to gently roll the dough.

Continue until it is all rolled up.

You might see some gaps if you look at the side of the dough. You don't want those so gently roll the dough with two hands until the gaps disappear.

In a pan, empty your sprinkles or non pareils or whatever cookie decoration you like.

Brush the dough with water, then gently roll in the toppings, pushing the toppings into the dough so they stick.

It's so cute like this.

Wrap with plastic wrap:

Place in the refrigerator for one hour to firm up.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from the fridge and trim the ends of the dough flat.

Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Evenly slice the roll to about 1/4" thickness.

Place on cookie sheet.

Bake until lightly golden, about ten minutes; do not allow to brown. Also bake those scraps, I'm going to show you something fun to make with them next week. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Package up cute:


Get excited because these cookies are going to bring squeals of excitement from the kiddos in class on Valentines Day!

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Blogger Sleeping or Sewing said...

Mmmmm! They look so good!!

February 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Taylor {Sew Much Love} said...

Ugh you guys have got to stop posting so much good food! I've been doing so well not chowing down but you are wearing down my resistance! Who am I kidding I'm just going to make these anyway! Thanks ladies!

February 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Julie Weaver said...

I sent these cookies to school this morning for my kids' Valentine parties! Didn't do the heart sprinkles, cute idea!

February 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

What a fun idea! I can see it now... green for St. Patrick's day, maybe purple for Easter, orange for Halloween, blue for... let's see, what can I make blue for... ooh! we have a baby boy's first birthday this year! And yellow for Grandparents' day, red for...

February 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger cathy said...

How many cookies can you expect to get out of this recipe? Looks great! I think I will try these tomorrow night for a Valentine's gift!

February 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

This is such a cute idea! I love Amber's idea about different colours for different events.

February 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

so pretty.

February 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

cathy - 2 dozen! i'll add above, thanks for the note!

February 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Simply Sara Designs said...

Oh my goodness!! I am going to make these this weekend for my son's party on Monday :) Thanks so much!

February 10, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Romona said...

I never thought to make this for V-day. I make an almond swirl and a chocolate peppermint swirl for Christmas. Thanks for the ideas.

February 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger mandi328 said...

i am so making these for my kids teachers! love!!!

February 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Great idea and it's so pretty!

We're making dipped marshmallow sticks! Purchase the strawberry marshmallows, dip in white chocolate, roll in valentine sprinkles and then insert a lollipop stick (found at craft stores in the wilton section) into the middle. Cuteness!

February 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Sherrie said...

I wish we could do homemade treats at our school! I am actually breaking the rules (with the consent of the other homeroom moms) and popping popcorn, then sprinkling with m&m's. Put them in paper lunch bags and I'm done!
I will actually make and take these for my college students who I'll see on Monday.

February 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger elena said...

Mmmm jummy jummy. Look really good.

February 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Camilla Wilcox said...

Oh my goodness those are adorable. I am doing sugar cookies with frosting, so they are far FAR from sugar free.

February 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Paul and Amy Lopez said...

OH GEEEEEZ!!! These are SOOO AWESOMELY ADORABLE!!! I MUST make them NOW!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!!

February 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
OpenID practicalpeaces said...

I'm responsible for fruit for my daughter's party. While tasty, and nutritious, its not as fun to decorate.

February 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

We had "Operation Cookie Bake" at our house. I volunteered to bake cookies for 2 parties - 6 dozen total!

February 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger ModernDayMama said...

Perfect timing!! My 6-year0old son and I will be home tomorrow and V-Day cookies are on our list! I wanted some fun ones to give to his grandparents this weekend and I think I just found them! Thanks!

February 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Grandma K said...

They look soooo good. I think I'll pass this recipe onto my room mothers. Such a talented daughter-in-law I have!

February 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Wishing my son's preschool let us bring homemade food in!! They said store bought snacks and goodies only. :( Going make these for home, though and add to my trunk junk.

February 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

You're going to show us something fun to do with the scraps... next week?! I'm sorry, that doesn't work for me. I'm going to have to eat them now. Guess I'll just have to make more for next week, oh, what a shame.... ;)

February 10, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Those are so pretty I want to eat them right out of the picture!

February 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Macki West said...

I'm so glad I just made 90 cookies, yes I cut NINETY cookies with a cookie cutter for 2 hours. I wish I would have figured this out yesterday. That's why I have you, to learn my lesson and simplify for next year!

February 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Heldin des Chaos said...

Could you bake them on a stick?

February 11, 2011 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger hilltopper said...

we are adapting a christmas favorite for valentines day. stab a big marshmallow with a pretzel stick and dip it in melted chocolate, put it in a paper candy cup and sprinkle with red and pink sprinkles!!

the kids are going to LOVE it!

February 11, 2011 at 5:05 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

mmm...these look delish (and so pretty)! I thought I was finished making my sweet treats for V-day, but now I think I may just have to make these!

I made some red velvet heart cookies topped w. cream cheese icing and red sprinkles...mmm. They are quite yummy; however, too many are sure to give you a tummy ache (talking from experience). :(

February 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

These are so great!! I think me and my "Sox" will try our hand at making these this weekend! So cute!!

February 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

"i prefer milk, surprisingly enough"

awesome! haha... of course martha boozed up her cookies... of course she did ;)

February 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Love My Country Home said...

I wanted a different treat to make for my husband for Valentines Day and this looks like the perfect thing. Thanks for sharing!

Have I told you that every time I read your blog I find a new reason to pull out my sewing machine???

February 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Swirly LOVE! Yummy-gonna-make-some-now with the kiddos cookies! As for the sugar. . . load 'em up. Its one day of the year to be overly gushy and sugary sweet, besides. . . only one is coming back home to you, right? Hee hee

February 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Btrflywmn said...

These look so great, I'm going to make them for my kids. Thanks for sharing

February 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I am so happy I found PrudentBaby! A site that combines by love of sewing and baking, and even though I dont have kids yet, I am pregnant with my first and I cannot wait to sew and bake all of your tutes!!

Thanks! Heather

February 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
OpenID kindra954 said...

Love the cookies. Might have to make some tomorrow. That's when we're having our Valentine's day. hope they taste as good as they look.

February 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

I featured this in my Weekly Favourites post:

February 13, 2011 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger I-family said...

I made these for my son's Valentine's Day party at his school. He thought they were very cool but I didn't think mine turned out as cute as yours. I may try again with green for St. Patty's day.

February 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

We made the scones last week to giveaway for Valentines gifts to the family with a little "Calm tea". Who doesn't need to be calmed these days?! Delicious!
So while we are waiting for our sweet swirls to harden the the fridge, I want to thank you for saying to reserve the ends that you cut off for a future recipe otherwise I would have eaten those tasty little strips right up. Gross, I know! Old habits die hard especially when you accidently pass them down to your kids ;)

February 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i'm making a Christmas version of these.. and sharing it on my blog. I'm totally linking back to you and maybe sharing some of your pics! Hope you don't mind! :) Found this on pinterest! Great idea!

December 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Hearty Appletite said...

I have a little girl who's going to LOVE these! :)

December 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

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