If you have read my recipes for Sugar Cookie Cream Cheese Tarts or Sugar Cookie Truffles you know that I have a lot of sugar cookie dough that I need to get through before I move out of state in two weeks. After receiving a lovely silicone baking mat called Baker's Mat I just knew I had to make something sugar cookie related with it. With it being Memorial Day and not having enough fruit to make a Patriot Fruit Pizza or Red White and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Firecracker Pinwheel Cookies it was! They were the perfect idea with patriot colors and bang in the mouth!!
Firecracker Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
Adapted from Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies
- 16.5oz of sugar cookie dough
- red food coloring
- all purpose flour
- 6-8 packets of pop rocks
- blue sugar sprinkles
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate the sugar cookie dough into two equal pieces and put in separate bowls. I used a food scale to make sure I had the correct amounts. Dye one of the sugar cookie dough pieces red using food coloring. I just squirted enough in until the dough reach a true red color by squishing it around in the dough. Lay out two pieces of wax paper and douse in flour. Roll out the red and the non dyed pieces of dough in similar sizes on separate pieces of wax paper. Add flour to the dough to keep it from being sticky. Decide which color you want to be on the outside of the cookie. Leave this color dough on the wax paper and lightly brush it with water. Lift up the other dough piece using the wax paper and place on top of the damped dough piece. Trim the edges to make a rectangle shape and roll into a log starting from the longest side of the dough. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until dough is easy to cut. I left mine in the fridge for 5-6 hours. Once dough is hardened cut into slices using a thin knife. Cut in one swoop not in a sawing motion. Bake according to sugar cookie dough instructions. I baked mine on the Baker's Mat Silicone Baking Mat for easy clean up. This baking mat replaces the need for parchment paper and cooking sprays and cleans up in a jiff. I accidentally baked some of my cookies with pop rocks along the edges forgetting candy melts. It left gunk all over the Baker's Mat but with just soap and water it looks new again. The Baker's Mat easily handles the extreme temperatures of the freezer, microwave and all types of ovens, and even the dishwasher. Withstands temperatures from -40°F to 480°F. It did a great job protecting my baking pan. Just a reminder – when using a silicone baking mat or silicone cupcake pans the baking time needs to be increased. How long depends on the item you are cooking. Once the cookies have been baked and cooled roll the edges in frosting then in a mixture of red pop rocks and blue sugar sprinkles. They look amazing and taste great! They were a nice treat for our Memorial Day holiday weekend!!