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Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | Revamperate Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | RevamperateWhat treats come to mind when you think of Christmas? Eggnog? Peppermint? Pie? Well, I just think of cookies. Sometimes even pie cookies and cookies with peppermint or eggnog. Yeah, those are real things I’m planning. I’m actually really excited because this is the only time of year it’s social acceptable to share eggnog recipes.

Anyway, this cookie is a classic one with a Christmas spin. These classic sugar cookies feature red and green spirals (aka pinwheel cookies) to get you in the holiday mood. You can also see how I used this recipe to make autumn themed sugar cookies with royal icing a while back.

To make 20-25 cookies, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • Red and green food coloring

First, beat together the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add in the vanilla and egg and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder, and slowly add to the wet mixture. It will become very thick and difficult to mix. If that happens, pull the dough onto a piece of wax paper and continue to massage with your hands until the flour is completely mixed.

Separate the dough into two large balls and use your knuckle to push a small hole in each piece. In one, add about 4 drops of red food coloring, and in the other add about 4 drops of green (note, this can get messy so wear gloves if you prefer). Use your hands to close the opening and, one at a time, massage the food coloring into the dough until it is not longer streaky. Add more food coloring until you reach you desired color. I kind of looked like I’d beat someone after I finished kneading the red dough because my hands were covered in red coloring…but luckily it’s washable!

Sprinkle some flour on the waxed paper and on a rolling pin, and roll out each piece of dough separately until it is about 1/4 inch thick. If you can, try to maintain the same shape between the two colors. Then peel one piece off of the paper and place it on top of the other, evening it out as much as you can. If needed, use the rolling pin to gently roll over the dough to maintain shape. Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | Revamperate Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | RevamperateStarting at one end, roll the dough into a log as tightly as you can without tearing it. Leave it on a cookie sheet and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once chilled, it should be a little stiffer and easier to cut. Using a sharp non-cerated knife, cut off a 1/2 wide slide at the end of the dough (set aside if the dough didn’t match up). Reshape into a circle with your hands if needed and continue to cut until you have used the entire log. Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | Revamperate Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies | RevamperateBake on 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes until the edges begin to lightly brown. Baking times will vary depending on the thickness of the cookies. Let them cool on a cooling rack before devouring, and enjoy! These holiday cookies make a nice holiday party item for your friends, family or coworkers. For an added touch, you can also roll the sides in sprinkles before baking if you’re a sprinkle fanatic (yeah, that’s a real thing). Now get baking!

Shirley Temple Jell-O Shots

Shirley Temple Jell-O ShotsWhen I was a kid, I loved Shirley Temples. It was the only drink I ordered on the rare occasions my parents took me to actual restaurants with bars that made them. I was a little obsessed, and I low-key still am.

But I’m an adult now, which means I can finally have alcoholic Shirley Temples. Then I realized – Shirley Temple Jell-O shots! It’s a combination of so many wonderful things, so nothing could possibly go wrong. These aren’t your college Jell-O shots. These are classy and perfect for parties or girls nights.Shirley Temple Jell-O ShotsGrab these ingredients, which will make about 10 Jell-O shots:

  • 6 oz. chilled cherry vodka (60 proof)
  • 2 oz. chilled water
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 oz. chilled lemon lime soda
  • 1 oz. chilled grenadine
  • One 3 oz. package of cherry gelatin
  • One 1 oz. package of unflavored gelatin
  • Vegetable oil
  • Small plastic cups, approx. size of a shot glass

Then it’s time to get going! Jell-O shots can be an exact science because you need to accurately measure your ingredients in order for your shots to set properly.

1. Pour a small amount of vegetable oil on a paper towel and coat the inside of your plastic cups
2. Mix your chilled vodka, water, grenadine and soda in one bowl and keep in the fridge until cold
3. Boil 1/2 cup of water
4. Combine 1 oz. package of unflavored gelatin with 2 oz. (yes, only 2 of your 3 oz. package) in a bowl
5. Combine gelatin with boiling water and stir until powder is completely dissolved
6. Slowly pour in cold mixture and continue to mix
7. Pour mixture into shot cups, about 1/3 full and put in the fridge for about four hours to completely set
8. Once shots have set, turn them over and gently squeeze the sides to release from the cup (don’t force it)Shirley Temple Jell-O Shots Shirley Temple Jell-O Shots Shirley Temple Jell-O ShotsThey should be solid enough to pick up and move easily from here. I know Shirley Temples sound girly, but trust me, adding alcohol takes out any of the girliness. Offer these up at a party and everyone will love them!