Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are a recipe that looks like it took a lot of effort to make, but they are extremely easy to make! These will be the talk of the Christmas Cookie Tray!
Even if you’re a beginner baker, you will be able to nail this recipe! Christmas Pinwheel Cookies look absolutely amazing, but what’s maybe even more surprising is that they taste even better!
Look forward to the holiday season with these tasty Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. They’re fun to make with simple ingredients, but even more delicious to enjoy with family and friends.
Homemade Pinwheel Cookies
While you’re getting in the holiday spirit, consider baking some holiday-themed cookies that everyone in your household can enjoy. These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies look festive with their green and red coloring, along with their sprinkles, but they also taste delicious. If you want to make homemade cookie dough while baking a sweet treat that your loved ones can eat throughout the holiday season, this can quickly become your go-to recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Cookie Recipe for Christmas
These cookies are SO easy to make. Besides letting the dough chill in the fridge for an hour, you can have these cookies ready to go in 20 minutes or less.
You can add all kinds of sprinkles to the cookies to customize them to your liking before you serve them.
The Christmas Pinwheel Cookies have the perfect flavor and are far better than anything you’d get at the store.
When preparing the Christmas Pinwheel Cookies, you’ll only need a few essential items to get the job done, including:
Bowls – Be sure to have multiple bowls in assorted sizes for combining ingredients and preparing the dough.
Stand Mixer – Use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to make it easier to combine everything.
Baking Tray – Choose any baking tray that you have at home, which you’ll line with parchment paper beforehand.
Recipe Tips & Notes
Be sure to stay close to the cookies while they’re baking. They may be ready in as little as eight minutes, so keep a close watch to prevent them from burning.
Let your cookies cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before you attempt to remove them and place them on a wire rack.
If you want to add a glaze to your cookies, combine powdered sugar with milk or heavy cream and vanilla extract, which you can drizzle on top of your baked cookies fresh out of the oven.
What kinds of sprinkles do I need to use for these cookies?
Use any red, white, and green sprinkles that you’d like. You can find some holiday-themed options in the shapes of snowflakes, Christmas trees, and more, or keep it simple by using sanding sugar-like sprinkles.
Do I have to use the Wilton brand for the red gel food coloring?
No, you don’t. While the Wilton brand is an excellent choice, you can use a different type of red gel food coloring if you’re unable to find that brand and can find something else to use as an alternative.
Which type of butter should I use for these cookies?
The brand of butter isn’t important. However, be sure to use unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, your cookies may taste a bit TOO salty.
How long will it take to make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies?
It takes 10 minutes to prep the cookie dough, an hour to let the dough chill in the fridge, and then about 10 minutes for these cookies to bake in the oven.
How many cookies does this recipe yield?
Depending on the size of your cookies, you should have anywhere between 16 and 18 cookies to serve and enjoy with loved ones. Be sure to double the recipe when having loved ones over for the holidays.
Can I add chocolate chips to these cookies?
Yes, you can add chocolate chips to these cookies to give them even more flavor if you’d like. However, if you’re going to add chocolate chips to these cookies, it’s best to use white chocolate chips to go with the red, white, and green Christmas theme. It would also be best to use mini chocolate chip morsels instead of full-size chips or chunks.
How to Safely Store the Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Place your cookies in an airtight container, where they’ll continue to stay fresh for a minimum of four days and a maximum of six days.
Enjoy the sweet taste of these homemade Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. They’re flavorful, easy to prepare, and fun to make. Not only do the cookies look good, but they taste even better, and they’re great to have for the kids and other relatives who like to eat sweets for the holidays.
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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Wilton red gel food coloring
- Red white and green sprinkles
- Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
- Fold in the flour mixture and beat to combine. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it in half.
- Return one piece of the dough into the bowl of your stand mixer, add in the red food coloring and beat until evenly colored.
- Wrap each piece of the dough with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from the refrigerator and roll each piece between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4-in thick.
- Remove the parchment paper and place the red dough on the white one. Then, roll up the dough into a log.
- Pour Christmas sprinkles into a baking sheet/ tray & place the log and roll into sprinkles.
- Cut the log into 1/3 –inch thick slices using a sharp knife.
- Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350F & Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.