Swirled Mint Cookies

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



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Yield: about 72 (2-1/2-inch) or 144 (1-1/4-inch) cookies
Prep Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients
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    2   cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    1   cup 
    butter
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    1   cup 
    sugar
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    egg
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    peppermint extract
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    10   drops 
    red food coloring
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    10   drops 
    green food coloring
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    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.
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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.
Storage
  • 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 information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 46, Fat, total (g) 3, chol. (mg) 10, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 29, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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