Pinwheel cookies are so beautiful and can be made with a variety of colors. I’ve seen red and green for Christmas, yellow and pink for spring, and black and orange for Halloween. I chose this pretty teal color for these pinwheel cookies.
I participated in a cookie swap where you bake a batch of cookies and mail them to someone and you get a box of cookies in return. What a thrill it’s been to bake and package beautiful cookies, while anticipating the arrival of cookies from another food blogger. I wanted the cookies I sent to have a WOW factor, which is where this recipe came in perfectly!
Here they are all boxed up. I picked out these cute little boxes before I even decided I was going to make pinwheel sugar cookies. I got the tins at the dollar store. Yep, these cute metal boxes were a buck a piece. Deal!
I snapped up three of the boxes and brought them home as I contemplated what would go inside.
I decided to do a pinwheel sugar cookie in blue to coordinate with the boxes. I didn’t want to get too Christmas-y, not knowing what holidays my fellow bloggers celebrated. As it turns out, the cookies fit PERFECTLY in the box. Twelve cookies fit perfectly into the box.
How to Make Pinwheel Cookies
Put one layer on the other and trim the big pieces to a nice rectangle. (I know this photo isn’t great, I must have had too much sugar at this point.) Gently roll it with your rolling pin to secure the dough to each other. You don’t want to push too hard, just enough to get the layers to stick together. You can tab on a little water to act as a glue, but be careful to not use too much.
Now it’s time to roll this baby up. This is harder than it looks because the layers may not be totally secure, and you tend to get a lumpy log in parts. Don’t worry, just roll it up, tucking as you go. Once you have a nice log like the one in the photo. you can use your hands to squish it a bit to even it out. I also held my hand flat and butted it up against the ends to make it even.
Once it’s rolled in the sprinkles, you wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Maybe two. You want the log to be solid so that you can cut uniform circles. This log has been chilling and looks beau-ti-ful.
I cut cookies with a sharp knife (I used a serrated knife) about 1/4 thick. Once on the cookie sheet, I rounded them out a bit (they can tend to get squished with the cutting) with my hands.
Try making these colored sugar cookies! They make a great gift for teachers or neighbors. And, they’d be the hit of a cookie exchange!
- Sugar cookie dough use your favorite recipe
- food coloring blue (or your alternate choice)
- Make sugar cookie dough per your instructions. Cut cookie dough in half.
- Add a few drops of food coloring in the other half and mix.
- Roll out each half of the dough, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Place a little water on the colored dough, just a few drops to act as a glue
- Place the plain dough on top of the colored dough
- Gently roll two doughs together and trim to a rectangle
- Begin rolling the dough until you have a large roll (log)
- Pat and mold to form a solid roll, then roll into sprinkles
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours
- Slice cookies in 1/4 thickness
- Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes
- Cool on wire rack