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Bull's Eye Cookie

If you prefer a softer Bull's-Eye Cookie, you can substitute all-purpose flour for the bread flour in the recipe. During baking, all-purpose flour releases some of the water in the dough in the form of steam; this produces tender, softer cookies with a slight puff to them.

  • yield: Makes about 7 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place 20 ounces black dough between two 12-by-14-inch pieces of parchment. Roll out to a 7-by-12 inch rectangle, about 1/3-inch thick. Repeat with 20 ounces white dough. Chill both rectangles at least 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Place 12 ounces black dough between two 12-by-14-inch pieces of parchment. Roll out to a 4 3/4-by-12-inch rectangle. Repeat with 12 ounces white dough. Chill at least 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Place 6 ounces black dough on a clean work surface. Roll into a 12-inch-long log, about 3/4 inch in diameter. Repeat with 6 ounces white dough. Wrap in parchment. Chill at least 15 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove top piece of parchment from the smaller black rectangle. Unwrap white log, and place lengthwise on black rectangle. Using bottom piece of parchment for support, wrap black dough around the white log, pressing with fingers to seal seam. Roll log back and forth to smooth seam.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat step four with the black log and the smaller rectangle of white dough.

  6. Step 6

    Remove the top piece of parchment from the larger white rectangle. Place white log wrapped in black dough lengthwise on the white rectangle. Using bottom piece of parchment for support, wrap white dough around log, pressing with fingers to seal seam. Roll log back and forth to smooth seam.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat step six with the black log wrapped in white dough and the larger rectangle of black dough. Wrap both logs in parchment. Chill 1 hour.

  8. Step 8

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Remove parchment from logs, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets, spaced 2 inches apart.

  9. Step 9

    Bake cookies until barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Bake or freeze remaining dough. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999

Reviews (4)

  • 14 Jul, 2010

    did anyone else have trouble with the recipe not working out? I feel as though there is twice the amount of butter as there should be.

  • 9 Jul, 2010

    Click on the "Black and White Dough" at the top of the "Directions" for the ingredients.

  • 9 Jul, 2010

    you need to click on the link "black and white dough" just under the word ingredients at the top of the directions.

  • 9 Jul, 2010

    There are no ingredients but just a description of the process.