Peppermint Pinwheels

Pink and white pinwheel refrigerator cookies, flavored with peppermint.

Peppermint Pinwheels

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Red food coloring
15 peppermint candies, crushed

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In a smaller bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Blend flour mixture into butter mixture to make a smooth dough. Divide dough into two equal portions. Set aside one half. To the other half add the peppermint extract and enough red food coloring to tint the dough a dark pink. Roll out each color dough to a 16x10 inch rectangle, between sheets of wax paper. Remove top sheet of wax paper from the pink dough; place dough on top side down on top of plain dough; peel off paper. Roll up dough tightly, jelly-roll fashion. Wrap in wax paper and chill several hours until very firm. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices with a sharp knife; place on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit of crushed peppermint candy. Bake 10 minutes or until cookies are firm, but not browned. Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks; cool completely.

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