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red and green pinwheel cookies in cookie tin
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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies make the holidays even more festive! An easy homemade cookie dough is tinted with holiday colors and rolled into pinwheels. Just roll, slice and bake. So much fun for the holidays!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas Pinwheel Cookies, pinwheel sugar cookies
Servings: 48
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin



  • Beat butter and sugar until blended and fluffy.
  • Add flour and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Divide dough in half. Tint one half of dough with red food color. Tint remaining half of dough with green food color.
  • Divide each piece in half again. You should now have two red and two green pieces.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll one red dough and then one green dough each into a 1/4 -inch thick rectangle, about 5” x 10”.
  • Place one piece on top of the other and roll into a log beginning with longer side.
  • Roll in sprinkles, if desired.
  • Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  • Repeat with remaining red and green doughs.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
  • Unwrap and slice each log into 24 slices.
  • Arrange on baking sheet 2-inches apart and bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden.
  • Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.


Makes 48 cookies
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
  • Add peppermint extract for a holiday flavor
  • Add almond extract for added flavor
  • Always let butter come to room temperature for easy creaming


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg