chocolate-peppermint pinwheels

source: lindsay glass | raleigh, nc

i make these every christmas season! this recipe is from my friend lindsay - my baking buddy from raleigh! i tend to shy away from log cookies, but this one is super easy if you have a tiny bit of patience & you're serious about chilling the dough.

1 batch sugar cookie dough
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
3-5 drops peppermint extract
3-4 candy canes, crushed

1. prepare sugar cookie dough, & separate dough in half.

2. mix melted chocolate into one half, & mix peppermint extract & crushed candy canes into the other half.

3. flatten both doughs into discs, wrap with plastic wrap, & chill for 1 hour.

4. roll both doughs out to 1/4" thick onto a flexible cutting board or plastic wrap. {i use plastic wrap.}

5. place peppermint dough sheet on top of chocolate dough sheet.

6. using mat or plastic wrap to help, roll both dough sheets together to create one large, long log. {make sure to roll long ways so your cookies aren't too fat!}

7. wrap log with plastic wrap, & chill 1-2 hours.

8. cut log into 1/4" slices, & place 2" apart on a cookie sheet with parchment {important!}. {you may need to slightly reshape each slice, especially on the flattened edge.}

9. bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

10. cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. transfer cookies on parchment to wire rack to cool completely.

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