Thursday, December 10, 2020

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies + Video

Christmas pinwheel cookies are fun, festive, and deliciously sweet. Make this recipe with either homemade or store bought cookie dough.

Title text )shown in a stack): Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Add these gorgeous swirl cookies to your cookie exchange recipes or put together treat boxes for easy holiday gifts!

Lemon Almond Crinkle Cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and have just the right amount of fresh lemon flavor.

For something truly irresistible, try my Spiced Eggnog Cookies. They can be made with homemade or store bought eggnog and are perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Or, make these Butterscotch Pecan Cookies for something with some crunch. Not only are they delicious, but this recipe makes plenty so you can keep a dozen or two for yourself!

Rolling out red sugar cookie dough

Tips for Making Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

First of all, give yourself plenty of time to make this recipe!

While these pinwheel cookies are simple to make, the dough needs to be well chilled for them to come together.

Not only does it make handling the dough easier, but it also prevents them from spreading in the oven. Plus, the dough is easier to slice into perfect rounds.
  • Use good tasting cookie dough. You can use store bought if needed, but our sugar cookie dough tastes incredible, and is easy to make too.
  • Want to save some time? Color your dough by mixing it in a stand mixer instead of kneading it by hand. Trust me, your wrists and arms will thank you!
  • Gel coloring is best. Not only can you achieve vibrant colors with a smaller amount, but it won’t affect the texture of your dough. Regular liquid coloring will work if that’s all you have on hand, but I highly recommend the gel if you can get some.
Laying red on plain sugar cookie dough

Tools and Supplies for Making Swirl Cookies
  • A Sharp Knife - Use this to cut clean slices for perfectly even cookies.
  • Parchment Paper and Rolling Pin for rolling out the dough.
  • Red Gel Food Coloring is perfect for baked goods and coloring frosting. It’s easier to work with and won’t affect the flavor or texture of the recipe you’re working on.
  • Christmas Nonpareils - These are red, white, and green round sugar sprinkles that add the perfect touch to the edges of these pinwheel cookies.
Rolling up the pinwheel dough

Get creative with colors and sprinkles

While I like to use classic Christmas colors when making these, feel free to try something different.

Not only can you make the swirl a different color, but you can divide the dough into three parts and use two different colored swirls if you’d like!

Or, replace some of the nonpareils with mini snowflake, candy cane, or Christmas tree sprinkles for an extra festive touch.

Forming the roll

Recipe Notes + FAQ

How far in advance can I make Christmas pinwheel cookies?

That all depends on how you want to accomplish this! Baked cookies will stay fresh in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Or, form the dough log and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. I’d recommend doing this no more than a few days ahead of time or the color may start to bleed.

If you want to get a jump start on your holiday baking, you can form the dough log and freeze it instead. Use within 3 months and let it thaw in the refrigerator before slicing and baking.

Rolling dough in sprinkles

Can I use different flavors in the dough?

Sure! Adjust the flavor when making the initial batch, or use two different flavors and add them once the dough is split.

It might be fun to add lemon to the color-free half or some peppermint extract to the red layer for a refreshing surprise!

Enjoy!
 
Slicing cookie dough

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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies


Pinwheel Cookie Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.


Yield: 48 cookies
Author: Donna Elick
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Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Christmas pinwheel cookies are fun, festive, and deliciously sweet. Make this recipe with either homemade or store bought cookie dough.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 Min Inactive time: 4 hoursMinTotal time: 4 H & 320 M

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Separate dough into 2 halves. Add red food coloring to one half. Add 1/2 of your cookie dough to a stand mixer and add red food coloring until your mixture reaches your desired color. You can also knead food coloring into dough until completely combined if you do not have a stand mixer.
  2. Place red cookie dough on parchment paper. Roll red cookie dough to about 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Set aside.
  3. Place plain cookie dough on parchment paper (or wax paper). Roll plain cookie dough out to about 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Stack cookie dough sheets on top of one another with the parchment on the outside.
  4. Remove the top parchment and roll over the dough gently with a rolling pin (to help the 2 doughs become one). Begin on one end and roll the cookie dough into a log (removing the remaining paper as you go). If dough is too soft to work with, refrigerate for 30 minutes and then try again.
  5. Once dough is formed into a log, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Meanwhile: pour sprinkles into a cookie sheet. Unwrap dough and roll into sprinkles. Rewrap and refrigerate 3 hours to overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  8. Slice cookies and place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake according to your sugar cookie directions or until the cookies feel set.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy!


Title text (pictured in a stack): Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Originally published December 2015, updated and republished December2020

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36 comments:

  1. can't wait to try this egg free icing

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  2. I would be nice if you included your sugar cookie recipe please.

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    1. There’s a link at the top.http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/12/christmas-sugar-cookies.html

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    2. How thick do you slice the cookies?

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    3. How thick do you slice the dough before baking the cookies?

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  3. these are so festive! What if you used Cardamom for flavoring just to give them a special and different flavor than almond and vanilla? How much Cardamom would you use?

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  4. The cookies came out beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 29, 2017 at 6:44 AM

      Awesome! We are so happy you enjoyed them!

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  5. These are so cute! Perfect for Christmas ♥

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 29, 2017 at 6:44 AM

      Thanks so much, Natalie!

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  6. where is the recipe for all of pinwheel sugar cookies

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 2, 2017 at 7:57 AM

      The recipe is up above this comment section. Enjoy!

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  7. Where is your cookie dough recipe it's not at bottom of page

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    1. It's at the top of the description. It says Christmas Sugar Cookie Dough

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  8. What is baking time??

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 3, 2017 at 9:12 AM

      Your baking time depends on the Sugar Cookie dough that you use. You can search our page for Christmas Sugar Cookies or use your own recipe. Hope that helps, enjoy!

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    2. The recipe here says 350*

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  9. How many cookies does one batch make? Going to try for a cookie swap but I have to make 4dz so...plus cooking time should be added to ur dough recipe. Thx

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Batch size depends on the Sugar Cookie dough that you use. You can search our page for Christmas Sugar Cookies or use your own recipe. Hope that helps, enjoy!

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  10. Can these be frozen in a log form (using your sugar cookie dough)? With nonpariels alreadybon?

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  11. I made these last night using your sugar cookie recipe. Delicious! The cookies were easier to make than I thought they would be. In fact, I made two logs, red/white and green/white. I will be making cut outs with your sugar cookie recipe. Thank you!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 5, 2017 at 6:12 AM

      Thanks so much! We are so happy you enjoyed them!!

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  12. Thanks for your dough recipe and the pinwheel version. I am making them for a children's Christmas party at our church. They look like Christmas magic so I thought they'd be perfect. I made them last year too.

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 8, 2017 at 8:13 AM

      That's great! Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  13. Mine rounded out in the oven so the sprinkles didn't show since there were no sides to the cookies!

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  14. My cookies rounded out, without a side edge to them, so the sprinkles don't show???

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  15. Your original sugar cookie recipe calls for baking at 375, but these pinwheels say 350. If I'm using your sugar cookie recipe, which should I follow? Should I follow that time on your original sugar cookie recipe as well?

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  16. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 14, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Hi Aimee, I use the the original recipe time and temp. They always come out perfect! Hope that helps!

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  17. I think i need to 'unfollow' you!. I did so well on my diet and then.... I saw these cookies 😣 these are everything i every wanted in a cookie: too pretty to look at, easy to make and just sooooooooo delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, eventough my scales probably wont like you for it.
    Greetings from Germany
    Sarah

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 19, 2017 at 7:12 AM

      Ha Ha! We are so happy you enjoyed them, Sarah!!

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  18. My sprinkles had a very hard time sticking to the log after an hour in the fridge. Any tips?

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  19. Can you do green food coloring instead of red?

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  20. Do you still chill the dough for an hour before rolling if using your sugar cookie recipe?

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  21. I made these and have to say that I don’t think they are my favorite. This recipe says to bake the cookies at 350 but the link for your sugar cookie dough says to bake at 375. I would say that the correct temperature is 375 for close to 15 minutes for the pinwheels. Because there’s no leavener, it was tricky to tell when they were done. I would say these are closer to a shortbread cookie in texture. They taste good but overall the amount of chilling and time was not necessarily worth the finished product.

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