Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies boast a swirl of vibrant colors, a blend of buttery-infused dough with the spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Impress your loved ones with these stunning, swirled creations that are as delightful to look at as they are to eat.

Are you looking for a festive recipe to make homemade cookies during the holiday season?

With its vibrant swirls of color and delicious blend of flavors, these cookies are not only a joy to make but also a delight to share with loved ones during the holiday season.

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These colorful and delicious cookies are sure to impress your guests and add a touch of holiday cheer to any gathering.

Follow along with our detailed recipe and step-by-step instructions to create a delightful treat for the holiday season.

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This Recipe Is…

  • Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are a must-try recipe for the holiday season.
  • These homemade cookies are colorful and festive.
  • Follow our step-by-step instructions for a successful cookie preparation.
  • Impress your guests with these delicious treats.
  • Add some holiday cheer to your gathering with Christmas Pinwheel Cookies.
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Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 20 minutes

Bake time: 10 minutes

Servings: 24-30 cookies

This recipe calls for vanilla flavoring in addition to almond or peppermint. You may

choose based on preference – they are optional.

What You Need

  • Unsalted butter softened
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Almond (or peppermint)
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Red food coloring
  • Holiday Nonpareil sprinkles

For exact measurements, please see the printable recipe card below.

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How to Make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar. Cream until smooth.

Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond (if using). Mix thoroughly.

Add in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well, scrape down the sides, and mix again.

Divide the dough in half. Tint one-half red until the desired shade is reached.

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Roll out each half of the dough so that it is about 1⁄2-5⁄8 of an inch thick.

Layer one half on top of the other and roll again to press the two sheets of dough together.

Carefully, roll up the long length of the dough like you would cinnamon rolls. Cut off the jagged edge if needed to even out the dough.

Using a baking sheet with sides, place the nonpareil sprinkles in the pan and then gently roll the log of dough and press the sprinkles into the dough.

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Using a serrated knife or a piece of baking string cut 1/2-inch thick slices of cookie dough.

Place the slices cut side up on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

A sheet of cookies with sprinkles on it.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Swirl cookies on a cooling rack.

Allow to cool before removing from the baking sheet.

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Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk.

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Storage

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for 3 months.

Recipe Variations

Experiment with different fillings such as chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, or a mix of crushed nuts and cinnamon for added texture and flavor.

To intensify the seasonal spirit, incorporate citrus zest like orange or lemon into the dough and pair it with a tangy citrus glaze after baking.

For a playful touch, use food coloring to create vibrant, multicolored swirls or add sprinkles to the dough before rolling.

These variations will transform traditional pinwheel cookies into an array of dazzling treats perfect for the holiday season.

Printable Recipe Card and Nutritional Values

Yield: 30

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

A plate of cookies with sprinkles on it.

These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies boast a swirl of vibrant colors, a blend of buttery-infused dough with the spirit of the holiday season.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t almond (or peppermint) 3 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1⁄2 t salt
  • Red food coloring
  • 1⁄4 c Holiday Nonpareils sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line your baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar.  Cream until smooth. 
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond (if using).  Mix thoroughly. 
  4. Add in the flour, salt and baking powder.  Mix well, scrape down the sides, and mix again.  
  5. Divide the dough in half.  Tint one-half red until the desired shade is reached. 
  6. Roll out each half of the dough so that it is about ½-⅝ of an inch thick. 
  7. Layer one half on top of the other and roll again to press the two sheets of dough together.  
  8. Carefully, roll up the long length of the dough like you would cinnamon rolls.  Cut off the jagged edge if needed to even out the dough. 
  9. Using a baking sheet with sides, place the nonpareil sprinkles in the pan and then gently roll the log of dough and press the sprinkles into the dough.  
  10. Using a serrated knife or a piece of baking string cut ½-inch thick slices of cookie dough.  Place the slices cut side up on the parchment-lined baking sheets. 
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.  
  12. Allow to cool before removing from the baking sheet.  Christmas pinwheel cookies on a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 0g

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Conclusion

In conclusion, Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are a must-try recipe for holiday baking.

These festive treats are sure to impress your guests with their colorful swirls and delicious flavors.

Whether you are an experienced baker or just starting, these cookies are easy to make and perfect for any occasion during the holiday season.

So, gather your ingredients and baking supplies, and let’s get started on making these delicious Christmas Pinwheel Cookies.

Your family and friends will thank you for this festive treat!

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Christmas pinwheel cookies on a cooling rack.

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