When Christmas rolls around I like to have a cookie tray filled with different cookies for my guests to enjoy. Although there will be few holiday visits this year I still wanted to have a few special cookies in the house for the family.
The recipe for patchwork peppermint cookies is a new cookie that I modified from the patterned cookie recipe. The cookies are sweet with a hint of peppermint and are colourful on any tray.
The recipe is a bit fussy and the assembly of the cookies takes a little longer than usual but it is worth the work. The cookies can be made in two and a half hours. This includes the time the batter rests in the refrigerator.
The recipe can be modified for different holidays. Change the colour of the food colour and add a different extract to make your holiday cookie special. For example, for a summer birthday use yellow food colouring in half the dough and add lemon extract. Yummy! Orange and red can be used for fall with maple extract.
Try this recipe with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I hope the cookie becomes a new staple on your holiday trays.
Patchwork Peppermint Cookies
1 1/4 cups vegan margarine
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/4 cups flour
red food colouring
Combine margarine, icing sugar, salt and peppermint extract together. Cream until fluffy.
Fold flour into the margarine mixture and mix until just combined.
Split batter into two bowls. Add red colouring one bowl and mix until desired colour is achieved.
Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
Remove white batter from the refrigerator and roll onto parchment into the shape of a rectangle.
Remove coloured dough from the refrigerator. Roll onto a separate piece of parchment into a rectangle the same size as the plain dough.
Brush a little almond milk onto the top of the white dough. Do not wet too much.
Using the parchment lift the coloured dough up and fold over onto the white dough so that the rectangles match up.
Cut dough into slices.
Take two slices. Turn one slice over so that the colours alternate.
Brush the inner seam with almond milk and gently push the slices together. Place on a cookie sheet.
Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is golden.
For another designed cookie try Patterned Cookies