Christmas Pinwheel Cookies on a red plate
These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies will be the star of the holiday cookie swap! They are fun and festive and use our favorite classic sugar cookie recipe!
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  1. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
  2. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies Ingredients
  3. How to Make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
  4. Pro Tips Making Pinwheel Cookies
  5. More Christmas Desserts
  6. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Our Christmas Pinwheel Cookies will be the star of the holiday cookie swap! They are fun and festive and use our favorite classic sugar cookie recipe!

Red and green Christmas Pinwheel Cookies on a red plate

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is all of the baking. Yep, I’m one of those people who lives for baking all the goodies during the holiday season! Each year, I try to find a new and fun recipe to try out.

If you haven’t ever taken a try at making pinwheel cookies, then can I recommend that this year be THE year?! You will love them! Plus, they are so fun and festive (the colors are just awesome!) They are great to bring to a holiday party or perfect for a cookie exchange.

They are likely to be the center of attention at any party because of the bright red and green pinwheels that are created when you make them! To top it off the outside is covered in cute red, white, and green Christmas sprinkles. It adds a nice finishing touch and a little crunchy sweetness to the cookies.

These cookies require a few different steps, but they are actually much easier than you would think and the final product is more than worth it.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies stacked on a red plate

So, if you’re like me and look forward to your holiday baking days, then this is definitely a recipe for you! Continue reading to find the ingredients you will need and a detailed list of instructions.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies Ingredients

To begin, you’ll basically be making classic sugar cookies, and then you’ll add the red and green food coloring to give them the festive finish!

  • 1 cup of butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring (about ¼ teaspoon gel food coloring or more to get the desired color)
  • Greed food coloring (about ¼ teaspoon gel food coloring or more to get the desired color)
  • 4 tablespoons red, green, and white Christmas cake decorating sprinkles

How to Make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

To begin, in a large bowl, cream together your butter, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla. Then, add in the flour, salt, and baking soda until it forms a soft dough.

After you’ve mixed up your dough, you will want to divide the dough into two equal pieces and place each in its own bowl.

Add red food coloring to one ball of dough and work it into the dough until you reach a uniform color. Repeat this again by adding green food coloring to one ball of dough and working it into the dough until you reach a uniform color.

After you get the colors you are looking for, transfer each ball of dough to its own piece of wax paper that has been lightly floured.

Flour top of the dough ball lightly and roll each piece of dough out into a rectangular shape about ¼ inch thick. So now you have a red rectangle and a green rectangle each on its own wax paper.

How to make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 10-15 minutes. You can stack one rectangle of wax paper on top of the other one to chill.

After the dough has been chilled, remove from the refrigerator. Flip the red dough onto the top of the green dough and peel the wax paper away. Now the red and green pieces of dough are touching and layered.

Trim the end of the dough so that they are even and smooth.

Once the dough is pliable, using the wax paper that is on the bottom, begin to make a log roll of the dough rolling the end up and pulling away the wax paper. If the dough starts to tear, just pinch it together in those spots. After rolling the dough, set it aside momentarily.

Next, place the 4 tablespoons of candy sprinkles onto a rimmed sheet pan.

Then, place your tightly rolled dough directly onto the sprinkles in the pan and roll until the outside is coated well.

Wrap the log in wax paper or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for two hours.

While the log is cooling, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

After two hours, remove your cookie log from the refrigerator and slice it into about ½ inch thick slices.

Place the cookie slices onto a lightly greased cookie sheet with at least 2 inches between each cookie (about 12 per cookie sheet).

Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and let cool.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Pro Tips Making Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies will take a little bit of extra time and love, but trust me when I say, the final result is worth it! And what great Christmas cookies don’t take some time and love?!

These can be a little bit tricky to make for the first time, so here are a couple of pointers.

  • The vibrancy of the red and green color will depend upon how much food coloring you put in. So, if you want a very vibrant color make sure to add a little bit extra! However, if you’re using gel food coloring, you don’t need nearly as much!
  • Rolling the pinwheel can be a bit tricky. If for some reason your dough is too sticky, try putting a little bit of flour on your hands while you roll it.
  • If the dough is too dry and it cracks or it starts to tear, simply pinch these spots back together and smooth them out!
  • These pinwheel cookies can be used for any holiday or occasion. Simply change the food coloring colors and sprinkles!
  • We love this classic sugar cookie recipe, but feel free to swap it out for your favorite! We won’t be offended! 

More Christmas Desserts

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies on a red plate

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Serves — 24
These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies will be the star of the holiday cookie swap! They are fun and festive and use our favorite classic sugar cookie recipe!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill in Refrigerator 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring about ¼ teaspoon gel food coloring or more to get desired color
  • Green food coloring about ¼ teaspoon gel food coloring or more to get desired color
  • 4 tablespoons sprinkles green and white Christmas cake decorating sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl cream together the butter, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Add flour, salt and baking soda until it forms a soft dough.
  • Divide dough into two equal pieces and place each in its own bowl
  • Add red food coloring to one ball of dough and work it into the dough until uniform in color.
  • Add green food coloring to one ball of dough and work it into the dough until uniform in color.
  • Transfer each ball of dough to its own piece of wax paper that has been lightly floured.
  • Flour top of dough ball lightly and roll out into a rectangular shape about ¼ inch thick. So now you have a red rectangle and a green rectangle each on its own wax paper.
  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 10-15 minutes. You can stack one rectangle wax paper on top of the other one to chill.
  • After dough has chilled remove from refrigerator. Flip the red dough onto the top of the green dough and peel the wax paper away. Now the red and green pieces of dough are touching and layered.
  • Trim the ends of the rectangle.
  • Once the dough is pliable using the wax paper that is on the bottom begin to make a log roll of the dough rolling the end up and pulling away the wax paper. If the dough starts to tear just pinch it together.
  • Place the 4 tablespoons of candy sprinkles onto a rimmed sheet pan.
  • Once the log has been rolled tightly place it directly onto the sprinkles in the pan and roll until coated well.
  • Wrap the log in wax paper or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Remove cookie log from the refrigerator and slice.
  • Place the cookie slices onto a lightly greased cookie sheet with at least 2 inches between each cookie (so about 12 per cookie sheet).
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and let cool.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

I can’t wait for you to try out these Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. They are such a great holiday treat. They turn out so vibrant and festive and they make a great cookie to share. They are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! 

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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