Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
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Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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Little helpers will have a blast helping to create these adorable pinwheels. They're an absolute cinch to make! —Karen Moore, Jacksonville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:56 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 56 servings


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons red colored sugar
  • 3 tablespoons green colored sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 91 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. On a floured surface, knead cookie dough and enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
  2. Divide dough in half. Roll one portion on a sheet of waxed paper into a 12x7-in. rectangle. Sprinkle with red sugar. Using waxed paper, roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a short side, removing paper as you roll. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough and green sugar. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough; results may vary when using a different product.
Originally published as Holiday Pinwheel Cookies in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p13

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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"F likes them"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"I love the idea, the cookies were pretty good, but impossible to roll. Where did someone get the idea that little kids could do it?"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"We tried this recipe teice didnt like the way it rolled up. The idea is nice, but the execution was awful"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"No matter what I tried this dough would not roll :("

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Awful! Doesn't work at all :("

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