Slice-and-bake Pinwheel Cookies with Crushed Candy Canes are the sugar cookies of Santa’s dreams. Ultra soft and flavored with peppermint, these cookies are perfect for the candy cane obsessed.
Looks can be deceiving. These candy-cane swirled pinwheels appear to be pretty, but don’t be fooled by their pink charms. They have an ugly history. Brutal but brief, it begins with Batch 1 fusing to the baking sheet when my candy canes melted. Batch 2 got its holidays confused and ended up a ghastly shade of orange. Then there was Batch 3, the one mistaken for pancakes by my son.
He’s not exactly the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
This holiday isn’t supposed to be about what you get, it’s supposed to be about what you give and I’m on the verge of giving myself severe depression. Seriously, pink cookies are making my Christmas bluer than Elvis’s.
Now I understand how so many people end up sad around the holidays: post-traumatic pink cookie disorder. How can I ever recover from wasting 3 days, 9 cups of flour and 90 mini candy canes on inedible pinwheels? There’s got to be a better way.
I prayed to the elves at the North Pole then made one last attempt to get my sugar cookie stuff together. Here’s what I did differently:
- This time the flour was meticulously measured
- Food coloring was added one drop at a time then stirred after each addition
- Cornstarch was included in order to reign in any spreading
- The rolled logs of dough chilled overnight
- The candy canes were ground to the consistency of cremation dust
Just when I needed a Christmas miracle the most, the magic of the season came through. Surprisingly, everything was on point with the pinwheels, from the color and the texture to the swirls and the shape. One taste of these sugar cookies and you’ll crave them year round. Ultra soft and flavored with peppermint, make these pinwheel cookies for the candy cane obsessed person in your life.