12 December, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 12

I'm sure you know the expression "save the best for last", don't you?  These cookies actually are baked in our home MORE than just at Christmas...mostly because people just can't live without them.  Tons of our family friends have already adopted this recipe as their own and make it every year.  These cookies are rich and soft...they are a slight challenge for some to make, but SO worth it!

1 box organic cake mix, chocolate fudge
1 box organic cake mix, yellow
1 c. butter flavored Crisco
2/3 c. vegan buttery spread
4 egg yolks or 3 tsp. egg replacer
1 tsp. vanilla

 For each box of cake mix use:
1/2 c. butter flavored Crisco
1/3 c. butter
2 egg yolks or 1 1/2 tsp. egg replacer
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

Beat Crisco & butter together. Add vanilla and egg yolks or egg replacer. Gradually SIFT in ONE box of cake mix (cake mixes are notorious for lumps...so SIFT in the cake mix). It will be sticky (mom says that's an understatement). Repeat the process with the other box of cake mix.

Roll each dough ball out between TWO LOOONG sheets of wax paper with a rolling pin. You do each color separately. After both are rolled out to about 1/4 inch in thickness, remove the top sheet of wax paper off of the yellow and chocolate fudge doughs.  Then put the yellow dough on top of the chocolate fudge dough (this can be tricky, don't be afraid to ask for help). Smooth over the wax sheet facing you a bit to help the yellow dough to marry to the chocolate fudge dough.  S-L-O-W-L-Y take the wax paper off of the yellow dough. Then, start at the end furthest away from you and roll the dough towards you.  Make sure you roll them semi tightly so there are no gaps in the spiral when you cut the roll later.

When the roll is completed, roll the whole thing in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. My Mom does it over night and as long as two days is okay as well.  When it is time to bake, remove from wax paper cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place on a greased cookie sheet. You can use cooking spray...less mess than butter will be.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned....WATCH them closely. Burned pinwheels taste like crap.

This recipe makes about 5 dozen. Depends on how thick you end up slicing them.


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