Monday, April 22, 2013

Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

If there's one thing you may or may not know about me, it's that I'm addicted to Pinterest. Addicted. I can't stop "pinning" all my favourite recipes, items for the house, etc. I can't help it. I love surrounding myself with beautiful things and I love creating (or attempting to recreate) beautiful things.

My brother's girlfriend recently showed me these really pretty Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies on Pinterest. I thought they were so pretty, and just had to try making them!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that A) My family and I eat very healthy, I grow a lot of our food, we don't give our daughter too much sugar, B) My four year old daughter actually doesn't like overly sweet things, and C) Though I feed my family healthy, every now and then I give us a little treat. A package of Twistos, the occasional frozen pizza, or some homemade baked goods are treats for our family.

Despite knowing that my daughter doesn't like cookies, I still wanted to bake the really cool looking Rainbow Pinwheel cookies!

Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

The recipe itself is basically your standard sugar cookie recipe. I'm sure you have a family favourite, but in case you don't already have a sugar cookie recipe you use all the time, here's one from Canadian Living.

The sugar cookie recipe I use is this one, but I substitute natural cane sugar for the white sugar.

Once you've mixed your sugar cookie ingredients, separate dough into five equal portions and put them in separate bowls. Here's where the fun begins! Add food colouring to each bowl. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about colours. Little One was excited to see that red and blue make her favourite colour: purple!

I chilled the dough and then Little One and I made grape-sized balls with each colour dough.

Take one small ball of dough of each colour...

Make one ball using each colour

Roll out dough or just shape with hands to create what Little One calls a "doughy worm"

Shape into what 4 year old calls a "Snail Shell"

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

The result: Really pretty Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies.

The verdict? My 4 year old daughter looked at them and said, "That's nice, Mom. Can I have an orange?"

Little One loves baking in the kitchen with Mom and she loves the idea of cookies. She just doesn't like eating cookies or sweets. I guess I can't complain! So happy she loves fruit more than cookies!

I ended up having to give all the cookies to friends and family since we baked 4 dozen cookies! Little One and I don't really like sweets and Hubby doesn't need them! It was a fun activity to do with my daughter though!


Jeannie Lam said...

Those are the coolest looking cookies EVER!! I will definitely be making these with my sons this week. They kind of look like play dough all smashed together. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Christine McN said...

Thanks so much for your comment! Hahaha! YES! They do look like play dough all mashed together! It's a fun activity to do with the kids for sure! If your boys like cookies, even better!

Everything Mom and Baby said...

Those look like a lot of work! I bet they were yummy though :)
So cute to see you and your little sous chef baking.

Christine McN said...

Everything Mom and Baby:
It was a lot of fun to bake, but Little One didn't eat any of them. I had one and Hubs had two. We gave the rest to friends and family. My kid loves the idea of cookies, but doesn't actually like eating them. LOL! She prefers fruit.

Mom vs. the boys said...

that kind of makes me sad that you don't like sweets! they bring me so much joy! hahaha seriously, these look funky and fun!

Christine McN said...

Well, I don't love overly sweet sweets. I do love a good Key Lime Pie or @CCSweetTables cake balls every now and then! Usually I prefer tart and sour over sweet and decadent. I do admit that every once in a while I like something a bit sweet, but not often. LOL

Jennifer Van Huss said...

Lo looked like she was having fun!! I love the colours!

caninecologne said...

Those cookies look great! What a fun activity for kids to do....isn't child labor great? haha. tc and her friends can do this next time they're over!

LO's hair is getting so long! such a cutie! miss you guys!

Little Miss Kate said...

Do you take mail orders?
Those cookies look so yummy!

Christine McN said...

She had a blast! She was so into it! Still in shock that she wouldn't eat the cookies though! LOL!

Christine McN said...

HAHA! Child labour! Gotta love it! Sorry I've been such a delinquent friend! We MUST catch up soon! Hi to TC and Bert for us!

Christine McN said...

Haha! I will GLADLY mail you cookies, my friend! XOXOX

Kelly @ City Mom said...

As you may remember I was admiring these on Facebook. I'm happy to see the instructions now so I can make them too :)

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