pinwheel sugar cookies

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

This easy recipe for colorful pinwheel sugar cookies is perfect for Christmas time. They are sweet and crispy and perfect as a homemade gift too!

These pinwheel sugar cookies have been on my “to make” list for ages.

I swear that list is getting longer by the day… lol. 

I must have over a 100 recipes and ideas that I want to tackle.

Well, ’tis the season for baking and I finally made these festive pinwheel sugar cookies and I can finallycross them off my list… YAY!

pinwheel sugar cookies 1

For something that’s so simple to prepare, they make quite an impression!

They are cute and colorful with endless possibilities for designs and colors.

I have seen these shaped as candy canes and twisted Santa sticks and even some that have a checkerboard pattern.

pinwheel sugar cookies 2

My cookies ended up more like oval shaped pinwheels rather rather than round shaped pinwheels…lol.

But… who cares?!

Round or oval…they still tasted delish!

They are perfect for gifting during Christmas time too. 

pinwheel sugar cookies 3

To make these pinwheel sugar cookies, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:

Small batch sugar cookie dough (I doubled this recipe)
Red, green and blue gel food coloring
Rolling pin
Wax paper

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Prepare dough for sugar cookies.  

Divide the dough into three balls and color each with a different color: green, red, blue.

pinwheel sugar cookies 4

Step 2:
Roll out each ball of dough and place them on top of each other like a stack of papers. Make sure your “stack” is sitting on a sheet of wax paper.
Roll out your dough on a sheet of wax paper and then just flip it over…it’s easier to “stack” this way.

pinwheel sugar cookies 5

Step 3:
Now, start rolling your “stack” of rolled-out cookie dough. 
Use the sheet of wax paper from the base to help you roll.
Just make sure it doesn’t roll into your dough…hehe

pinwheel sugar cookies 6

Step 4:
Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight until it gets firm.

Then, use a very sharp knife to slice your roll of cookie dough.
Don’t slice too thick or else it would takes ages for these cookies to bake properly!

pinwheel sugar cookies 7

Step 5:
Bake these pinwheel sugar cookies at 350 degrees for 6 minutes then rotate your tray and bake for another 3 minutes.
Your baking time may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies.

pinwheel sugar cookies 8

And you are done!

pinwheel sugar cookies 10

Until next time, tata my lovelies!


  1. SW

    December 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    These are so pretty! Love the colors too. Thank you for sharing.

Leave a Reply