Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Holiday pinwheel cookies are a traditional and festive delicacy that goes well with any holiday event. To get the colorful pinwheel design on these cookies, you can use two different colored doughs and roll them together. They are likely to be a hit with kids and adults because they are delicious and aesthetically pleasing.

You can customize these pinwheel cookies to fit the colors of any holiday or occasion. They are ideal for Christmas, Easter, or any other festive occasion. To add a touch of sweetness, you can sprinkle sugar over it or drizzle icing.

holiday pinwheel cookies

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

Let’s see the ingredients and steps to make these cookies.


Ingredients required for this recipe.

  • Flour – 3 cups
  • Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter at room temperature – 1 cup
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1×1/3 cups
  • Eggs – 2 large
  • Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
  • Red food color paste
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar of your preference

Special Equipment Required

  • Stand mixture.


Let’s see the steps.

Step 1

Beat the butter in a standing mixer. Add sugar and continue beating until fluffy and light.

Step 2

Add the eggs one at a time, and add the vanilla extract. Add the baking powder, flour, and salt and mix on low until evenly mixed.

Step 3

Split the dough in half. Shape one half into a square measuring 4X4 inches, wrap in plastic, and set aside. Add the remaining dough to the mixer and add red food coloring until the desired color is achieved.

Step 4

Shape this red colored dough into a square measuring 4X4 inches, then wrap it in plastic. For 30 minutes, keep both dough squares in the refrigerator.

Step 5

Using parchment paper, line a baking sheet. Cut each piece of dough into four strips. On a baking sheet, arrange 4 strips of vanilla (white) dough and 3 strips of red dough. Roll out one red dough strip into a 6X7 inch rectangle on a piece of parchment that is lightly dusted with flour.

Step 6

Take one strip of the vanilla dough out of the fridge, roll it onto a piece of parchment lightly dusted with flour, and cut it into a 6X7 inch rectangle. Place one dough square carefully on the other, aligning all edges. To help doughs stick together, lightly roll them over.

Step 7

Roll the dough tightly into a log using the parchment as a rolling aid. Keep in the fridge after wrapping with plastic. Repeat this with the remaining dough strips to make four logs.

Step 8

Refrigerate logs for an hour, then take them out and roll the logs several times on the counter to protect the bottom of the logs from flattening. Roll in colored sugar or sprinkles. Rewrap them. Refrigerate for 3 hours more.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set two baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice the dough with a knife into 1/4-inch-thick pieces; arrange the pieces on a baking sheet 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

holiday pinwheel cookies


Holiday pinwheel cookies are a traditional dessert ideal for any festive event. The festive pinwheel shape adds a festive touch to any dessert table, and the wonderful buttery, vanilla-flavored dough promises to please any crowd. Try this recipe at home and enjoy it with your family and friends.

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