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red and green pinwheel cookies in cookie tin
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chill Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
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!
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas Pinwheel Cookies, pinwheel sugar cookies
Servings: 48
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin
  1. Beat butter and sugar until blended and fluffy.
  2. Add flour and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. Divide dough in half. Tint one half of dough with red food color. Tint remaining half of dough with green food color.
  4. Divide each piece in half again. You should now have two red and two green pieces.
  5. 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”.
  6. Place one piece on top of the other and roll into a log beginning with longer side.
  7. Roll in sprinkles, if desired.

  8. Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  9. Repeat with remaining red and green doughs.
  10. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
  11. Unwrap and slice each log into 24 slices.
  12. Arrange on baking sheet 2-inches apart and bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden.
  13. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Recipe Notes

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
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 118IU2%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.