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5 from 2 votes

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies might just be the most festive cookies you’ll make this holiday season! Three colors of buttery dough are rolled up into a log, revealing a colorful pinwheel inside when sliced and baked.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, pinwheel cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Tint one portion red and one portion green and leave one portion plain.
  • Roll out each portion between waxed paper into a 9x6-in. rectangle. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Remove waxed paper. Layer the dough in order of red, white, and then green.
  • Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut pinwheel and checkerboard dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg