This past semester I took an art class at the local community college. One of the artists we studied was Robert Smithson, who created the “Spiral Jetty,” an earthwork in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It. Is. Gorgeous. It was created with over 6,000 tons of rock formed into a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide. The salt in Great Salt Lake changes what the formation looks like over time, and at times it appears orange and white. Like so:
You didn’t believe me when I said it was gorgeous, did you? Well, now you know better. You should do a google image search for other pictures of it. The colors this thing can take on are incredible. Seriously, go do it, I’ll wait.
So: onto the food, which, of course, is why you came. Not for an art history lesson…I made these cookies and brought them to class and everyone was quite impressed. I think they’re super cute! And delicious too. Recipe at the bottom 🙂
Spiral Jetties (this is just my favorite sugar cookie recipe, plus food coloring)
3/4 c shortening
1 c sugar
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
Food coloring of your choice
Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring thoroughly. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Separate dough in half and color one half in a color of your choice (I chose orange, obviously, but you can pick whatever suits your fancy). You can choose to color both halves if you want to, it is completely up to you. Place dough in a covered bowl and chill at least an hour. Roll each half of the dough into a 1/8″ thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place one rectangle on top of the other and roll jelly-roll style into a cylindrical shape. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill until firm. At least an hour is best, but if you’re impatient like me you can get away with 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.Slice into thin slices (about 1/8″). You can use a knife for this, but I find it easier to use unflavored dental floss (this is how I cut my cinnamon rolls too). Just cut a small length of floss, wrap around your dough and pull to slice your cookies. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Enjoy!