from Tina Griffith
I used to make these Pinwheels for my kids when they were in elementary school. The recipe is pretty easy and quite versatile. By that I mean, you can flavor and add color to both layers. Example: add cinnamon or almond flavoring to the chocolate dough and add peppermint flavoring and pink food coloring to the white one. Can you imagine eating a purple and green spiral cookie on somebody’s birthday? Or how about a black and orange cookie on Halloween?
And just before you put them in the oven, you can also top them with sprinkles, candy shapes, or just plain sugar. Use your imagination to make the most interesting of cookies for any holiday or celebration, because experimenting is part of the fun with this dough.
Grama Tina’s Spiral Cookies
¾ cup of softened butter
1 cup of white sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of baking powder
cocoa powder, peanut butter or Nutella – optional
rainbow sprinkles or candy shapes – optional
5 drops of food coloring – red, yellow, pink, orange, black – optional
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, almond, or nutmeg – optional
3 or 4 drops of flavoring – peppermint, lemon, etc. – optional
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Lay parchment paper on 2 large cookie sheets or grease well.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour with baking powder. Add to butter mixture in 2 additions, stirring until it becomes a soft dough.
Divide dough in half. Add cocoa powder (and/or cinnamon, peanut butter, Nutella, or mint flavoring). Mix and set aside. Now move to the other ball of dough. Leave this white and add mint or a cinnamon flavoring or any flavoring you like and coloring. Remember – both the colors and flavors should go together well.
Roll each ball out flat, and then place one on top of the other. Take one end and slowly roll this up into a log. Length-wise or width-wise determines how large your cookies will be.
Once you’ve completed rolling the dough, wrap it in plastic and place in the refrigerator until chilled. This could take up to 2 hours, but you can leave it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
When you’re ready to bake, take the log out and remove the plastic covering. Beginning at one end, slice the cookies about ¼” thick and place them on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for about 10 minutes – you want them to be a lovely golden brown. Let cool and serve.
**HINT – using a piece of thread instead of a knife, makes it easier to cut the dough.
The chill is in the air and all things that go bump in the night are about to happen. Time to curl up with a good romantic thriller by Tina Griffith.
On Hallow’s Eve, as the veil between the two worlds was thinning, the face of the full moon was lit up like a Christmas tree. The dead would soon come alive, the alive would dress up as the dead, and witchcraft had a way of piggybacking off other spells. This was the ideal night to be a witch, for the effectiveness of all incantations, divinations, and other avenues of magic, was perfect.
Jayla is a clever witch, who had been cursed in her teens by her friend, Ophelia. Since then, she has had to retrieve dark souls from shrewd men in order to survive. While she has taken hundreds of souls in her lifetime, this story is about her trying to take the one which belongs to Roger Casem – the man she accidentally fell in love with.
Could she kill him, as she had done with the others? If she wanted to continue living, she must. But today, when his eyes skimmed her body with unbelievable passion, she began to recognize her own needs. As she blushed and turned her face away from him, Jayla did the only thing she could.
Tina Griffith, who also wrote twenty-seven children’s books as Tina Ruiz, was born in Germany, but her family moved to Canada when she was in grammar school.
After her husband of 25 years passed away, she wrote romance novels to keep the love inside her heart. Tina now has eleven romance novels on Amazon, and while all of them have undertones of a love story, they are different genres; murder, mystery, whimsical, witches, ghosts, suspense, adventure, and her sister’s scary biography.
Tina has worked in television and radio as well as being a professional clown at the Children’s Hospital. She lives in Calgary with her second husband who encourages her to write her passion be it high-quality children’s books or intriguing romance.
Stay connected with Tina (Griffith) Ruiz on her Facebook group Tina Speaks Out.