Festive cookies for holiday baking

Festive cookies for holiday baking

It’s time to bake cookies! Regina Gazzara, Vice-President at Paparone Insurance, likes to make these festive sweets for her friends and family. Since we’re a family business that treats all our insurance customers as if they are friends and family, we’re sharing some of our favorite holiday recipes.

This recipe, originally published by Southern Living, makes about 4 dozen beautiful red & white spiral sandwich cookies.  Follow the link to take a look and see how pretty they are!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon red food coloring paste
  • Parchment paper
  • Peppermint Frosting


  1. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended, scraping bowl as needed.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
  3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions.  Roll 1 portion of dough into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle on a piece of lightly floured plastic wrap.
  4. Knead food coloring paste into remaining portion of dough while wearing rubber gloves.  Roll tinted dough into a rectangle as directed in step 3 above. Invert untinted dough onto tinted dough; peel off plastic wrap.  Cut dough in half lengthwise, forming 2 (12 x 4 inch) rectangles.  Roll up each rectangle jelly roll fashion, starting at 1 long side, using bottom piece of plastic wrap as a guide.  Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 4 hours or up to 1 month.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut ends of each dough log and discard.  Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick pieces, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 7 minutes or until puffed and set; cool cookies on baking sheets for 5 minutes.  Remove to wire racks and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
  7. Place Peppermint Frosting in a heavy duty zip-top plastic freezer bag.  Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole.  Pipe about 2 teaspoons frosting onto half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, gently pressing to form a sandwich.
  8. Makes about 4 dozen red and white spiral cookies.  For pictures, please visit the original Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies recipe on myrecipes.com.

Note: This recipe was published by Southern Living and appears on it’s myrecipes.com website.

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