Side Note: you could make these to fit the theme of any Holiday or event.
Christmas Swirl Cookies~
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cups unsifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 sticks of butter (cut into chunks)
1 tsp vanilla
food coloring & sprinkles of your choice
1) Start by mixing the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl with a electric mixer until everything is fully mixed & forms a dough like texture. 2) Divide the dough in half setting one part to the side, now add a few drops of food coloring to the other part in your mixing bowl and mix well until it becomes the color you are going for. 3) Roll the now colored dough out in between two pieces of wax paper till it comes to about 11 * 9 and 1/4 inch thick. Do the same with the non-colored dough (between two separate pieces of wax paper) 5) Store the flat cookie dough in the frig on a cookie sheet for 2 hours. This will allow the dough to set and be easier to work with when the time comes to cut & bake them. 6) When firm remove the top sheet of paper from each layer and lightly brush the non colored dough with water. 7) Place the colored layer on top then roll the two pieces together to form a log. 8) Once the log of dough is nice and tight cover with sprinkle on all sides, then slice into 1/4 inch slices. Line them on a greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart and then bake for 14 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Once they are done give them time to cool a tad before removing from the pan.
And now you have a wonderful chewy homemade sugar cookie just in time for the Holidays.
Store in a air tight container and add a slice of bread in with them, this will absorb all of the moisture from the cookies and keep them nice and fresh long.