Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies

Delight your family and friends this season with these fun Christmas cookies I call Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies! Easy slice and bake cookie recipe is transformed into festive treats with colored sugar and red and green nonpareils.

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy holiday cookie recipe that transforms sugar cookies into a festive sweet treat with red and green colored sugars!


Of all the cookies I bake during the holiday season, Christmas sugar cookies remain on my family's most loved list. But rolled, cut-out sugar cookies are so time consuming.  I DO make them every year, because I think there would be a riot if I didn't, but every time I discover an easier way to get that sugar cookie fix for my family, I embrace it.

These slice and bake Christmas cookies sound difficult, but they are really quite easy to make.  There is a bit of rolling involved, but not quite the amount you do when you make cut-out cookies. I think they are so pretty with the swirl of color in them too!


Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy holiday cookie recipe that transforms sugar cookies into a festive sweet treat with red and green colored sugars!

I've photographed below, the set up with the dough and the colored sugars.  There is no right or wrong way to add the sugars, you just scatter them in a sort of patchwork design and then tightly roll up from either end and refrigerate until cold enough to slice and bake.

You'll want to be careful not to over-bake these sugar cookies.  Bake until the edges JUST start to brown for the prettiest cookies.

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy holiday cookie recipe that transforms sugar cookies into a festive sweet treat with red and green colored sugars!

Refrigerated, sliced, and ready to bake!

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy holiday cookie recipe that transforms sugar cookies into a festive sweet treat with red and green colored sugars!

My family really enjoyed these sugar cookies, and I bet yours will too!


Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies, Christmas cookies, Christmas Sugar Cookies, Slice and Bake cookie recipe
Dessert, Christmas
American
Yield: 36 servings
Author:

Santa

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies

prep time: 2 H & 10 Mcook time: 08 Mtotal time: 2 H & 18 M
Easy slice and bake cookie recipe is transformed into festive treats with colored sugar and red and green nonpareils

ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • red and green colored sugar
  • red, white and green nonpareils

instructions:

How to cook Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies

  1. In large bowl, cream butter, salt, and sugar together with an electric mixer.
  2. Add in egg and extracts. Mix in flour and beat until dough comes together.
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll out one of the halves into an 8 x 8" square and sprinkle sugars like patchwork. (see the photo in the text for reference). Roll up jelly-roll style then roll in nonpareils and wrap in tightly in plastic wrap. Repeat with other half of dough.
  4. Refrigerate rolls for 2 or more hours, or until very firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and slice into 1/4" slices, then lay on prepared cookie sheets about 2" apart.
  6. Bake in oven for 6 -8 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Allow to rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Calories
101.17
Fat (grams)
5.33
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.24
Carbs (grams)
12.33
Fiber (grams)
0.23
Net carbs
12.09
Sugar (grams)
5.71
Protein (grams)
1.12
Sodium (milligrams)
35.21
Cholesterol (grams)
18.72
Nutritional Information is an estimate.

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9 comments:

  1. Now those are Santa holiday magical cookies.

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  2. So beautiful! Easy to prepare and these cookies look so festive!

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  3. I made these tonight for Christmas and gifts and they are very good and a real Christmas feeling. Thank you and Merry Christmas

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    1. Thank you Judi! Merry Christmas to you too!

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    2. I'm going to make them to day Judi! So festive, if you have any tips to share after your first batch please do.

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  4. I'm making this today Renee! Super cute idea.

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  5. These looks great. Would love to prepare today and bake tomorrow...can the dough be refrigerated overnight?

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    1. This might be too late but I've made these the last two Christmases and refrigerated overnight both times before slicing and baking. They turned out lovely.

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  6. Just made (and ate) some. So cute and yummy.

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