Shortbread pinwheels are buttery vanilla and chocolate shortbread cookies presented in a fun pinwheel design, with colorful sprinkles for an added touch of whimsy.
Oh. My. Goodness!! How cute are these cookies?!
It’s no secret that we eat well in the Comfortably Domestic household. My boys like to eat, and they love their treats. With the sheer volume of cooking and baking that goes in to sustaining a family of six, the routine can easily become arduous and mundane. I can get a little burnt out with all of the constant go-go-go of daily life.
Then we eat cereal for dinner for a couple of nights, and I’m good to go!
Not really. Well, the cereal part is true, but taking a few nights off doesn’t necessarily restore my culinary mojo and get me running back to the kitchen. At these times, sometimes I get a little burr up my backside and feel compelled to bake something that is not only delicious, but also fun and pretty as well.
The possibility of crisp, chocolaty cookies will get me slapping butter on the counter to soften while en route to my mixer in a hurry. Case in point: Shortbread Pinwheels. These cookies were inspired by Heather Baird – Sprinkle Bakes. Heather is a fine artist that decided to channel her significant talent into the confectionery world. Her creations are as gorgeous as they are delicious. I’m fortunate to have “met” Heather through the food blog world, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. She’s just good people.
Of course when I heard Heather was publishing a Sprinkle Bakes cookbook, I immediately plopped that sucker in my Amazon cart for pre-order. I was not disappointed. I defy anyone not to be inspired when perusing the edible works of art in Sprinkle Bakes; everything is ridiculously beautiful! While she includes a pinwheel cookie that I modeled the appearance of this recipe after, I tweaked my own favorite shortbread recipe and then followed her technique to make my own version.
The genius is all Heather Baird. The shortbread pinwheels recipe is my own. Amen.
Of course I couldn’t bake such pretty and whimsical cookies without sharing them with a few friends. Baking is great therapy in the midst of my otherwise hectic life, but these cookies brought more than a feeling of relaxation to my heart. These Shortbread Pinwheels brought a sense of contentment that made me smile. My BFF Kat-the-sprinkle-raven dubbed them, “Happiness Cookies” at first sight. With a name like that, I couldn’t help but share the happiness that these cookies brought forth with a few friends!
I wish I were able to send ALL of you a batch of Happiness Cookies!
These crisp, buttery vanilla and chocolate shortbread pinwheels cookies are as delicious as they are fun and whimsical!
In lieu of that, please accept my sharing the recipe instead. The recipe and method are not difficult, but they do take a little time and patience because there is a need to chill the dough well in between steps. BUT once the pinwheels are assembled, you can keep them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to a week before baking, or freeze the cookie logs for up to 3 months! Just think of the oooo’s and aaaaah’s that will be bestowed upon you when you serve these gorgeous cookies!
Shortbread Pinwheels are certain to bring a smile to the face of anyone that you share them with!