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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies served with holiday decorations and a glass of milk.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These soft, yummy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are a fun, festive recipe that is easy to make during the holiday season!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Holiday
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Christmas Treats, holiday dessert, Holiday Recipes, Rainbow Sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Servings 12 Cookies
Calories 258 kcal


  • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter about ½ cup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red gel food coloring
  • ¼ tsp green gel food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together butter and granulated sugar.
  2. Once butter and sugar are well combined, add eggs and vanilla and mix some more.
  3. Next, add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until cookie dough forms.
  4. Divide the cookie dough into two equal halves. Color one half with red gel food coloring and the other with green gel food coloring. Knead each dough half until they’re both completely tinted.
  5. Sprinkle a working surface with flour. As well, add flour onto a rolling pin.
  6. Begin by rolling out the green cookie dough into a rectangular shape, until it’s slightly larger than 6 in x 9 in. Set aside.
  7. Do the same for the red cookie dough and press it on top of the green cookie dough.
  8. With a paring knife, trim the cookie dough so that it’s exactly a rectangular shape, 6 in x 9 in.
  9. Rolling lengthwise (so from the thinner end), roll the layered cookie dough into a log.
  10. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
  11. Remove the cookie log from the fridge once time is up. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  12. Cut out 12 cookie slices from the log, about ½ an inch thick. Line them up on the lined baking sheet.
  13. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
    Christmas Pinwheel Cookies served with holiday decorations and a glass of milk.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.