Circus Spirals

Recipe by Irmgard
READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
YIELD: 65 cookies




  • In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Stir the flour together with the baking powder.
  • Add to the butter mixture in 2 additions.
  • Divide the dough in half and flatten into discs.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap, roll out each portion to 12" x 8" rectangle.
  • Remove the top paper and brush the dough lightly with the beaten egg.
  • Sprinkle the coloured sugar evenly over the top.
  • Using the bottom paper as a guide and starting at the long side, tightly roll up the dough.
  • Wrap again in plastic wrap, twisting the ends to seal well.
  • Refrigerate the logs for about 3 hours or until firm.
  • Grease or line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cut the logs into 1/4" thick slices and place about 1" apart on the prepared pans.
  • Bake in the top and bottom thirds of a 375 degree F oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
  • Let cool on the pans on a rack for 5 minutes.
  • With a spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack and let cool completely.