Wednesday, December 01, 2010

VeganMoFo: Rootbeer Pinwheel Cookies!

Hoorah! I really love traveling, but I always loving coming back home again too!
So, as a final goodbye to the glory of VeganMoFo 2010, I leave you with a fun little recipe...
Rootbeer Pinwheel Cookies!

I found this the recipe for these tasty little morsels in my newspaper, of all places (*recipe at the end of this post*). Of course, I veganized, but I also de-glutenized it. I took these cookies with me when I went up to Oregon a couple of weeks ago... and I wanted to bring some to my friends Kittee & Sandy, both of whom appreciate a gluten-free treat. Plus, rootbeer is totally super duper American... I remember the look of horror and disgust on the faces of my Italian friends when they tried it. Hee hee. They don't know what they're missing!

The dough is amazing, and I found it very easy to work with (even with my de-glutenizing). You roll out two big sheets, one vanilla and one rootbeer flavored. Then you carefully set the one on top of the other and roll them up. Isn't that exciting looking? My slice is not perfectly clean, because I had to grind my own GF oat flour, and it ended up a little chunky!

Here are all the sliced babies, resting on the cookie tray, waiting to become super crunchy tasties!

Close up!

And here is the final product! They were really good! They were super crunchy, and had a great flavor. Truth be told, there wasn't a ton of rootbeer flavor, but every once in a while you got a good hit of rootbeer flavor. Next time I might add even a little more rootbeer extract! I totally loved the way they looked, and they were a great little cookie. You'll like 'em if you make 'em!

Also, thanks so much to everyone for all your super nice comments on yesterday's post. I had such a great time doing mofo this year.... and I can't believe it took me this long to think of including little cartoons in my blog. Duh! Now, I'll finally have time to go through the reader and look at everyone else's exciting posts that I didn't read during mofo!

Rootbeer Pinwheel Cookies
(Makes about 52 cookies)
Adapted from a recipe in Maida Heatter's "Book of Great Cookies" (Knopf, 1978)
Store for a few weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

1¾ cups flour (I needed about 2 - 2 1/4 cups of my gluten free flour mix (see below))

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1/2 c. Earth Balance

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup sugar

1 egg equivalent - I used EnerG Egg Replacer

1 1/4 tsp. root beer extract

Whisk together the flour/s, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Place the margarine in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until it is smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla extract and sugar; beat to incorporate, then add the egg replacer and beat to combine. Reduce the speed to low; slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. If it seems too soft, add in a little more flour.

Transfer half of the dough to a mixing bowl; add the root beer extract. Knead the extract into the dough until blended. The dough will look slightly marbled; that's OK.

Cut four 20-inch pieces of parchment paper. Working with one dough half at a time, place the dough between two of the sheets and pat down to form a flat disk. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a thin oblong about 14 by 17 inches. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Remove the parchment from the root beer dough. Remove the top sheet of parchment from the plain dough. Place the root beer dough on top of the plain dough so they align as closely as possible. Trim away any excess edges.

Starting with the long side facing you, roll the layered dough into a tight jellyroll, peeling it off the parchment as you go. Trim the ends of the roll neatly. Roll up the dough in the parchment paper, twisting the ends to seal the cylinder of dough.

Transfer to the freezer for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unwrap the dough rolls from the freezer and place on a cutting board. Use a thin, sharp knife to cut the dough into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Arrange on the baking sheets spaced 1 inch apart. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies just start to brown at the edges. (I cooked mine for about 15 minutes for extra crunch). Use a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool before serving or storing.

My Gluten Free Flour Mix

I adapted this from the PPK discussion boards... mostly from Isa & Kittee... It makes about 4 cups.

1 1/4 cup white rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup GF oat flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons xanthan gum

Happy Cookies to You!


  1. Cool, I loved rootbeer as a kid! And the swirly look is so fun. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous10:07 AM

    Oh, these look fun! I keep meaning to get root beer extract to make the root beer cupcakes in Hannah Kaminsky's My Sweet Vegan, so now I have two things to make.

    Thanks for a great month of posts, Amey! It was really really inspiring to see the possibilities for vegan foods for a lot of cuisines that I had pretty much given up on previously. I've got some of the books you suggested on reserve at the library now and am excited about trying some new dishes. First on the list I think is the bibimbap!

    - jen e.

  3. These look awesome! kittee gave me some root beer extract, and I need to put it to use!

  4. They have rootbeer extract? Awesome. These look adorable and as a rootbeer lover, they sound delicious too!

  5. Wow, I've never heard of root beer extract! I'm gonna have to look into it so I can make these cookies. I bet they'd be yum with some vegan vanilla ice cream!

  6. These are so pretty! I probably would have eaten all that raw dough before they ever made it to the oven though...

  7. My son loves Rootbeer and making these GF is even better! Does the rootbeer extract give these the darker color?

    Oh and did your Italian friends try these cookies or didn't want to because of the licorice?

  8. Take a bow my friend! It's over! I enjoyed sharing the journey with you.... I especially enjoyed your illustrations... full of joy and spirit. You are inspiring! Thank you... thank you.. thank you.

  9. Heh. I am with the crunk. I would eat the hell out of that dough.

  10. Those look delish, I love root beer! And its funny because your MoFo map looks kind of like a spiral. ;)

  11. Root Beer Cookies sound incredible.

    As do Pinwheels.

    The combination is mind-blowing!

  12. I concur with you continuing to include sketches in your posts! They're great. Root beer is also great, and your cookies look awesome!

  13. You are my MoFo hero. Those cookies have my head spinning. Yum!

    Where did you find your rootbeer extract?

  14. Oohh these look and sound so good, and really unique - I've never even heard of root beer extract, but it's always been my fav pop flavour. Once I was out at lunch with some Australians, and one of them tasted my root beer and got that same look of horror you described - then announced "I think there's something wrong with your coke!" Haha

  15. Oh my. I had no idea rootbeer cookies existed. Sounds delicious.

  16. I've never had rootbeer, but those cookies looks sooo cute. I might try something similar but with vanilla and chocolate.

  17. Ahh thanks for the recipe!
    Can't wait to try these!
    So pretty!

  18. This recipe looks extremely fun! It will bring back happy childhood memories. I can't wait to try it. My wife and I are both vegan and love trying new foods. I am so glad that I found your blog.

  19. I have never made pin-wheel cookies but I always want to when I see gorgeous ones like yours!

    I love your map, it's covered in dots and all the lines of where you travelled!

  20. Anonymous9:33 PM

    This is great! I never would have thought about rootbeer cookies! Who doesn't love rootbeer? and they are so adorable too. I cannot wait to make these. I have a friend that has a birthday coming up at the end of the month and she is like a "cookie monster". I will most definitely be making these for her. Thanks for sharing. I just rana cross your blog tonight for the first time. Really glad that I did. I'll definitely be back. Thanks again. Kindest Regards, Jenna (

  21. Hi there! I tried these out for the holidays and they were way fun. I had never made a pinwheel before. The only thing is: where do you get rootbeer extract? I thought it would be simple but after going to Fred Meyer's, Safeway, New Seasons, Whole Foods, and Kitchen Kaboodle, I sadly still had none. To continue my pinwheel cookie making, I used cocoa powder for the brown one. So clearly it was not as good as it could have been. Please let me know! And thanks for the recipe.


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