Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day

When I think of May Day, I think of Maypoles, flowers, and ribbons. The flowers are in bloom and it is a beautiful time of year. In celebration of enjoying the warm weather. I made pinwheels. This time in the form of a cookie. I have made pinwheels out of paper and they aren't very hard to make. They usually work.
My husband liked the filling in these cookies. My children did not. So, I made them both ways. I preferred the cookies with the filling since it gave them a little more flavor. I normally do not show you the steps of making something but I did this time since I think it's always easier to show then describe.
Coconut-Cream Cheese Pinwheels
2 cups all purpose flour (additional for work surface)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 egg, lightly beaten
fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
1/3 cup strawberry jam

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese for about two minutes.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the mixer.
  4. Slowly, add the flour mixture. 
  5. Mix until just combined.
  6. Divide the dough into half and pat into disks.
  7. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate dough for about 1 to 2 hours.
  8. After dough is chilled and firmed, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Make the filling by creaming together the sugar and cream cheese. 
  11. Fold in the coconut and white chocolate chips.
  12. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch think on a lightly floured surface. 
  13. Make 2 1/2 inch squares with a fluted cookie cutter or fluted pastry wheel.
  14. Place the dough onto the baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  15. Repeat with the other disc of dough.
  16. With a fluted pastry wheel, cut 1 inch slits diagonally from each corner towards the center. Do not cut all away across. (See above)
  17. Place 1 tsp filling in the center of each square.
  18. Fold over every other corner towards the filling. Form a pinwheel.
  19. Press lightly to seal the corners. Make a well in the center of each cookie.
  20. Brush each cookie with the beaten egg. Sprinkle each cookie with the sanding sugar. Bake 6 minutes.
  21. Add 1/2 tsp jam in the center of each cookie.
  22. Bake another 6 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  23. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies.
Did you already know...
-May Day is the celebration of Spring.
-The celebrations date back to Egyptian times.
-The Celtics celebrated the Pagan holiday called Beltane on Mayday.
-Traditional May Day foods are oats and diary.
-The Puritans banned Maypoles.

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