Citrus Cyclones

Hi, blog. It's been awhile but I was putting effort into my other blog for awhile. I'm back with a new recipe! I started using Pinterest which I'll admit completely confused me for awhile. I kept seeing rainbow swirled cookies and wanted to give it a try. I tried to take pictures while making them and I now have a much greater respect for Pioneer Woman. Food photography is hard. 

Here are the ingredients:  
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • zest of 2 limes
  • zest of 1 orange
  • multicolor sprinkles
  • food coloring
And here is a photo of them sitting pretty on my counter.


Start by creaming the sugar and butter together in your mixer until well combined.

Next, add the eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt and 2 cups of flour and mix until combined. 

Divide the mixture into 3 bowls, making sure each bowl has an equal amount. This was fairly difficult to eyeball using three different sized bowls so if you have equal size bowls you should use them. 

Zest the 2 limes into one bowl, the 2 lemons into the next bowl, and the orange into the last bowl. Follow your food coloring's directions to make the dough with lime zest green, the dough with lemon zest yellow, and the dough with orange zest orange.

Add one cup of flour to each bowl and combine. You may have to use your hands because this will form a thick dough. You will end up with one lime green dough ball, one lemon yellow dough ball, and one orange orange (hehe) dough ball.

I ended up transferring my dough balls into smaller bowls. Cover these with some plastic wrap and pop them in the fridge for an hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350F.

To assemble a cookie, make 3 golf ball sized balls of dough- 1 of each color.

Roll those 3 balls together in your hands to form 1 larger ball. 

 Use your hands to roll the large ball into a snake about 10 inches long. Depending on how you orient the ball before you roll it out, the colors will turn out a little differently on each cookie.

Form a spiral with your long piece of dough. You can twist the dough first before you spiral it or just spiral it as is. I did some each way to get as much color variety as possible. 

 For the edges, I poured a mixture of orange, yellow, and green sprinkles on a plate. I rolled the completed cookies' edges in the sprinkles. Place the finished cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. They took about 8 mins to bake.

These have a really fantastic citrus flavor and you can taste each flavor individually if you peel it apart like a cinnamon roll. 

If you don't like citrus, you could skip the zest all together and just dye the dough to match whatever occasion you're making them for. More than 3 colors is possible as long as you divide up the last 3 cups of flour evenly between how ever many colors you use (i.e. using 4 colors would mean 3/4 cup of flour per bowl.)