Your ovens are warming up, and it’s time to start your holiday baking. This year, we wanted to do something a little different. I love our Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe, and wanted to take it to the next level. Normally, I just roll them out and cut them out and frost them. But this year, I wanted to make them a bit different and try my hand at spiral cookies.
Since going gluten free, I haven’t had easy to bake sliced cookies. All of the cookies have been scoop or roll and cut once. But when T-Fal sent me one of their new non-stick rolling pins and an AirBake pan to test out, I took my favorite recipe and adapted it to make beautiful spiral cookies. No, they didn’t come out as the Pinterest perfect round spiral cookies – but the colorful spiral cookies are a fun way to bring sugar cookies to the table this year.
The bottom of the AirBake cookie sheet actually dimpled. These small mounds help air flow around the pan and create a more even cooking. They can actually help reduce the amount of time it takes for items to bake, however we did find that our cookies took a couple extra minutes to bake. When you’re baking with the cookie sheet, you will still need to use cooking spray or grease to make removing the cookies easy. But the AirBake pan is dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
The T-Fal Ingenio Nonstick Rolling Pin is lightweight and rolls smoothly over the cookie dough. When it’s not in use, it has feet to lift it off of the counter to keep it clean. For the gluten free dough, it did still need some flour to keep it from getting stuck on the sticky dough. And while the built in feet were great as a way to keep the pin off the surface, if you roll the pin wrong it made dents in the dough. The dents were easy to repair. Once everything was done, the rolling pin was easy to wash and dry and put away.
Making your own spiral sugar cookies is easy, and the results are quite delicious. Here’s how we made ours!
Step 1: Make your favorite Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe and separate it into 3 parts! Dye two of the parts with food coloring. we went with red and green as our colors. Wrap them in plastic wrap flat square(ish) shapes and put them in the fridge over night.
Step 2: In the morning, pull each section out and put a little white rice flour and roll into approximately a 11 x 17 rectangle. Repeat with each section.
Step 3: Using a basting brush, brush cold water on one of your layers of dough. Carefully place the next layer of dough on top and repeat until all 3 are stacked together.
From the long side of the dough, begin rolling your layers together as tightly as you can. Wrap in plastic wrap and place the “cookie log” in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until it is chilled again.
Step 4: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and remove your cookie log from the fridge. Slice off cookies in 1/8″ – 1/4″ slices and place on your AirBake pan. Try to keep 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 9-11 minutes until they just begin to brown. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
Optional: You can experiment and add sprinkles on the outside to liven the cookies up more. I adding a glittery sugar on the outside of mine – that promptly melted. I’d suggest using a harder shaped sprinkle if you want to do this (avoid the crystal type!). Brush the outside of your cookie log with cold water and roll it in the sprinkles before chilling it the second time.
Even if your cookies aren’t perfectly round don’t worry – it wont change the delicious taste! Add some variety to your cookies this year and have some fun with your rolling pin in the kitchen!