1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour
2 tsp peppermint extract
red or green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir in flour until evenly mixed.
Remove half of dough. Add peppermint extract and food coloring (whichever color desired) to other half of dough; mix well.
Divide dough into four balls: two white, two colored. If dough seems too soft for rolling, refrigerate 10 mins. Roll out each ball into 8x12-inch rectangle. Place colored rectangle on top of white rectangle and lightly press together. Then tightly roll the two rectangles into a roll. Repeat with the other two balls.
Chill for one hour. After dough is firm, slice into thin (1/4-1/2 inch) slices and place on cookie sheet (I always spray my cookie sheets with cooking spray). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint if desired. Remove to cooling rack.
Lindsay Below writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her young adult science-fiction novel, Lurkers is due for release from MuseItUp on July 1st, 2011, followed shortly by her middle grade novel, Same Old Lie. Visit her online at www.lbelow.net.