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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are so fun to make and are perfect for parties, gifts, or enjoying with your favorite holiday movie. Merry Christmas!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, holiday, pinwheel, slice and bake, sugar cookie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 26 cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring – I used super red
  • 1 tsp green gel food coloring – I used forest green
  • Christmas sprinkles if desired


  • Combine flour, salt & baking powder in a bowl, mix and set aside.
  • In another large mixer bowl, cream together the softened butter & sugar.
  • Once smooth, add the eggs & vanilla and beat well.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time. Mix until the dough is smooth and flour is fully incorporated.
  • Separate your dough into three equal parts.
  • Set one of the portions aside - this will be your white/cream color.
  • Color one of the portions of dough red, and one green. Use the mixer to beat the color into the dough until you have reached the desired shade of each color. Be sure to rinse out the bowl and the beater inbetween the colors so that you don’t cross the colors and end up with something other than the desired color.
  • Once the dough is tinted to the desired color – form it into a ball, then flatten it into a patty and then reshape the edges to form a rectangle.
  • Wrap each flattened rectangle in plastic, and allow the dough to firm up in the refrigerator for about an hour or two.
  • Roll out each ball of dough to about ⅛ – ¼” thick, and stack them on top of the other (I did red on the bottom, then white, and then finally green).
  • Trim the edges with a pizza cutter so you have nice, straight edges.
  • If desired – Pour some sprinkles into your hand & brush the outside of the dough with a bit of water and then press the sprinkles into the outside of the dough log.
  • Roll the dough into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the log of dough into ¼ – ½” thick cookies and place the rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet – approx 2 inches apart. The thinner the blade used to slice them, the better. A thick blade will tend to squish the dough.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until no longer shiny on top.