Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Baking: Kaleidoscope Cookies

The second kind of cookie I baked this year is Kaleidoscope Cookies.  These are from a recipe in Betty Crocker's Cooky Book which I have loved for a long time.  It is a new reprint but still in the old fashioned format with the old school recipes.  I love it!

You start with the base recipe for Petticoat Tails and then alter them to make Kaleidoscope Cookies.

I made green ones, pink ones and chocolate ones. This recipe makes tons of cookies. The recipe says 10 dozen but I never counted.  It depends on how your rolls turn out and how thick yours slices are.

This recipe is slightly adapted from the original in the Betty Crocker Cooky Book as linked to above.

Ingredients:
2 cups of butter
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 TSP vanilla
4.5 cups of flour
1/2 TSP salt

You mix the butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly.  Stir the flour and salt separately and then add to the dough.  Mix with your hands. Divide the dough into 3rds.

Follow the directions below, then...Chill overnight and then take the dough out to warm up enough that it will slice easily.  Slice the dough about 1/8" thick.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 7-9 min at 375. 

First 1/3: Green Kaleidoscopes
I added lemon extract and green food coloring and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log, about 2" across then roll in colored sugar or sprinkles of your choice.  I used non pareils.  Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge (Note the G Love reference).

Second 1/3: Pink Kaleidoscopes
I added almond extract and red food coloring and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log 2" across and roll in colored sugar or sprinkles.  I used red colored sugar for this one.  Afterwards, I realized I should have chosen a different color because the red and pink made them look like little slices of ham or bacon to me LOL Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge.

Third 1/3: Chocolate Kaleidoscopes
I added 2 squares of melted semi-sweet chocolate to the dough and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log 2" across and roll in colored sugar or sprinkles.  I used green sugar for these.
Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge.





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