Vanilla and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies – Valentines Day
Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett
Recipe courtesy of: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2012/01/vanilla-bean-and-cherry-swirled-icebox-cookies
2 cup flour, plus 2 Tbsp flour, divided
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cup vanilla sugar (see recipe)
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice (from jar of cocktail cherries)
1/4 cup sugar sprinkles
- In mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add egg whites.
- In separate bowl, mix 2 cup flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half. To one half, beat in vanilla extract. To other half, beat in cherry juice with remaining 2 Tbsp flour.
- Lay vanilla dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Shape into a 6 inch log. Using a second piece of parchment paper on top, roll to form a 12 inch square. Freeze for about 15 minutes. Repeat with cherry dough.
- Remove dough from freezer (no longer than 15-30 minutes). Remove parchment paper and lay dough on top of each other. Roll combined dough into one log, re-wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 3 hours or until ready to slice and bake.
- When ready to bake, pour sprinkles on a baking sheet. Unwrap frozen dough and roll in sprinkles. Slice dough about 1/4 inch thick. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 7-9 minutes.
- **note** If you don't have vanilla sugar, scrape one vanilla bean into your granulated sugar and continue the recipe as written. **note squared** Another great tip to rolling these out would be to press one layer into the bottom of a wax paper lined 13x9 freezer safe dish. Press the second layer on top. Freeze for 15 minutes, remove and roll. Return to freezer until ready to use.