Friday, November 11, 2011

Cinnamon Pinwheels


I have submitted this recipe to the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies from Meal Planning Magic.com As I said in my Double Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie post I like to do many things with the same dough. Pie dough is no exception. I of course am a big fan of making pie on some days. On others, not so much, but that's neither here nor there. So...I whipped up some pie dough in my handy dandy food processor and made cookies! These are apparently very popular from some people's childhoods. My husband knew what to call them when he saw them and he was very happy about seeing them.



So, this is a basic cinnamon-sugar mixture inside. I thought about mixing in some brown sugar also but I was all out so granulated sugar it was. These keep really well for a few days in an airtight container. I also froze half of them before baking so we only had about 20 baked, and now we have two left, maybe just one.

Basic Pie Crust
-3 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 1/4 cups butter, cut into 1/2" pieces, cold
-1 egg
-1 tablespoon vinegar
-5 tablespoons water

1. Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixed.
2. Add the butter and process until the mixture is about pea size and even in texture.
3. Mix together the egg, vinegar, and water in another small bowl or measuring cup.
4. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture in the food processor through the feed tube while the processor is running.
5. Process until the dough comes away from sides, about 15-20 seconds. Do not over mix or the dough will be tough.

Cinnamon Pinwheels
-1/2 recipe of basic pie crust
-2 tablespoons butter, melted
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1 tablespoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Roll out dough to about 1/4" thick into the shape of a rectangle.
2. Spread melted butter evenly onto dough.
3. Mix together sugar and cinnamon.
4. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly over melted butter on dough.
5. Roll up dough into cylinder. Chill, if desired. (I didn't)
6. Cut dough into 1/4" slices. Place on baking sheet.
7. Bake cookies about 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
8. Remove to a rack to cool.

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