Peanut Butter Whirligigs

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I was so excited…I started to do a little dance of joy…I had successfully, for the first time EVER made my favorite Christmas cookie!!!!!!!  The one my Gram and only my Gram ever made because none of us has the patience to try it.  The one I have been craving.  The one I try every few years and have an epic fail and the meltdown of frustration and disappointment and sadness that accompanies the fail.  But this year, I had done it!!!!!!  Then I tried to slice the 2nd log oh no I had celebrated too soon!!!  The chocolate inside had set too much and was starting to crack!!!!!  I tried to remain calm (and not slice off my finger) as I eased the knife through the hardened chocolate, pressing and holding the peanut butter sides in place.  It worked, mostly, the cookies did not completely crumble as they had in years past but bear a resemblance to the swirled cookies they are supposed to be.  I have one tray of perfect Peanut Butter Whirligigs and one tray of passable but yummy Peanut Butter Whirligigs so I guess I succeeded (I didn’t slice off my finger so that’s a win). 

The cookies are Peanut Butter Whirligigs, a yummy combination of peanut butter cookie spread with melted chocolate chips that are rolled and sliced.  They are wonderful!!!!  The trick is not to chill the rolls too long, even the few extra minutes the 2nd roll was in the fridge was almost disastrous.  30 minutes was the magic number today.  The other trick is when spreading the chocolate and rolling the cookies work in 2 batches and work quickly so the chocolate doesn’t set.  Next year I will master these cookies!!!  Try them, they are worth every second of work and frustration.

So after writing this and taking pictures and eating a few I decided that I like the not so perfect ones best.  The shape is intriguing and not all the same and the chocolate dispersal is more pleasing to my palate. 

So I guess the whole batch was a success after all.

Cookie tray is really filling up!!!

Peanut Butter Whirligigs

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½ cup shortening
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 ¼ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
6-8 oz chocolate chips, melted

Combine shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until fluffy.
Add egg.
Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt.

Dump dough onto wax paper. Cover with another sheet of wax paper.
Roll into a rectangle ¼ inch thick.
Melt chocolate and spread on dough.
Roll dough jelly roll style.
Wrap and chill.

Preheat oven to 375.
Slice roll into ¼ slices.
Place slices on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 3-4 dozen


NOTE: My Gram always rolled between 2 sheets of wax paper, it is a quick, clean, nonstick rolling surface and it helps when rolling into a jelly roll.

It is helpful to cut dough into 2 rectangles. Melt half the chocolate, spread on 1 roll, roll up & chill. If the chocolate hardens before rolling it is a disaster.

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One thought on “Peanut Butter Whirligigs

  1. Looks like you're getting all your Christmas baking done! Such a special time of year for that!

    Hey, thanks for the friend add on Food Buzz! Love meeting new foodie friends!

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