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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Rated as 3.97 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe was handed down by my 'Baba' (Ukrainian for 'grandmother'). She originally just made a chocolate and plain pinwheel cookie, but I adapted it easily to create a very colorful variety that my kids and husband adore at Christmas time!"
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8 h 30 m servings 76
Original recipe yields 72 servings


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  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. Resift again into another bowl.
  2. Beat the butter with the brown and white sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended. Gather the dough into a ball, and divide into two equal parts. Place one half in a second bowl. Add red food coloring to the dough in one bowl, and green food coloring to the dough in the other bowl. Use a fork or wooden spoon to blend the food coloring into the dough until evenly blended. Add additional drops of food coloring to make the desired shade.
  3. Roll out the red dough to 1/4 inch (5mm) thickness. Roll out the green dough to 1/4 inch (5mm) thickness, and place on top of the red dough. Beginning on one edge, roll the doughs to make a log so the two colors spiral inside each other. Wrap the log in waxed paper, then in a cotton towel, and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  5. Unwrap the dough log, and place on a clean, lightly floured surface. Slice the log into rounds 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick, and place on prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until set, 5 to 6 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent edges from browning. Remove from oven, and cool on racks.


  • Cook's Tip
  • To make the pinwheel cookies in a vanilla and chocolate combination, divide the dough into two parts. Melt 2 (1ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate in a pan over low heat. Cool slightly, and mix the chocolate into one half of the dough until well blended. Roll out the doughs as in Step 3 to make a log with the plain and chocolate doughs. Follow Steps 4, 5 and 6 to complete the cookies.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 76 calories; 3.6 10.2 0.9 14 71 Full nutrition

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I loved these, although I suspect the brown sugar is what made them difficult for others, therefore I only used white sugar. I rolled the dough in between wax paper, layed them on a cutting boar...

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I had a really hard time with the dough. It was so sticky to handle and I added more flour and refridgerated them overnight, but my batch was unsuccessful! Mine didn't look like any of the post...

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I loved these, although I suspect the brown sugar is what made them difficult for others, therefore I only used white sugar. I rolled the dough in between wax paper, layed them on a cutting boar...

These were pretty good and my kids really loved them. My only issue was that the recipe tells you to roll the dough out and place one color on top of the other after adding the food coloring, b...

This is my recipe, yes, it is a time-consuming one, but well worth it. I split it over 2 days, make the dough one day and bake the next. As for the other baker's difficulty in the stickiness of ...

I made this cookie for a cookie ex-change, so I made 4 batches across three days and tweaked it a little each time. Findings: 1st batch, I made it exactly as called for in the recipe. I tri...

I like to mess with the flavors according to the time of the year. During Christmas I like to do a Chocolate and Peppermint mix. Valentine's Day I like to do a Chocolate and Strawberry. You get ...

I am pinwheel cookie challenged. So I thought I could roll these like my pie crusts. After colouring the dough, (I cheated and used some kool aid to get the colors darker, though they don't show...

I used Wiltons concentrated paste for these cookies in the Halloween theme. As you can see from my pic, mine didn't turn out that well. Not as pretty as the other posted pictures. I found the ...

I made these for Halloween but had trouble with the dough. I am thinking that maybe the butter wasn't soft enough. Everyone really liked them though. .. Update 2/1/09 just put the dough into ...

I needed a quick and easy recipe to make a LOT of cookies for an annual cookie exchange. These were perfect. Note, however, that you'll need much more food colouring than listed to get a vibra...