Peppermint shortbread pinwheel cookies are the perfect cookie recipe to make for your holiday cookie platter! Buttery vanilla and peppermint shortbread, presented in a fun pinwheel design. Edged in colored sugar, for an added touch of holiday sparkle.
Every year I make the usual round up of Christmas cookies for the holidays. We always make shortbread cutout cookies to decorate–usually in very non-traditional shapes such as helicopters, horses, elephants, and the like because that’s just how we roll. Chocolate Jam Thumbprints are another given because I just love the cheery spot of jam against the dark background and crinkle tops. It’s just not Christmas unless I make the spiced Pfeffernusse Cookies because the cookies themselves remind me of my aunt Jane, and the traditional recipe reminds me of my sweet grandma.
I always save a spot or two on the cookie platter so that I can try a new recipe, or as in this case, tweak another great cookie recipe to suit the holidays. This year I decided to alter the recipe for the chocolate and vanilla swirled Happiness Cookies to reflect the visions of sugar plums and peppermints of the season.
I figured that I’d flavor half of the dough with peppermint and color it a festive red for the season, rather than the usual chocolate. Then I thought that I’d roll pieces of the vanilla and peppermint doughs into long ropes, twist them into candy cane shapes, and will therefore have baked the cutest Christmas cookies in the land!
My plan was going swimmingly, right up until the part where my shortbread decided that it didn’t especially feel like being rolled into ropes. So I kept trying with various temperatures of dough–from room temperature to well chilled–with little success.
Then my stubborn self kicked in, trying to force the little suckers to stay together, because my vision of peppermint shortbread ropes would not be thwarted!
It wasn’t pretty, Friends.
There was much throwing around of cookie dough and flour.
Maybe a teensy bit of swearing…in my head.
I contemplated tossing the whole affair into the trash and not making any Christmas cookies at all.
I further contemplated moving to a remote village, where ovens and cookies ceased to exist, because the catastrophe had me questioning my faith in all of humanity.
Then I remembered that butter, flour, and sugar are my BFF.
Also, that I really like people.
Instead, I re-wrapped the dough and let it chill out in the ‘fridge for a few hours, while I binge-watched cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix.
Three movies and one ridiculously huge bowl of ice cream brought about the epiphany to just make pinwheel cookies because they’re every bit as festive as candy canes. Right? Right?!
So here I am, all jacked up on sugar and cinematic holiday cheer, sharing the peppermint shortbread pinwheel cookies recipe that restored my faith in baking and humanity.
Because who wants stinkin’ candy cane cookies anyway?