Holiday Pinwheels Recipe
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Holiday Pinwheels Recipe

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The first time I made these pretty cookies, my husband ate the whole batch in just a few days! The fun green swirls are also great for St. Patrick's Day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 27 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 161 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. To one portion, add peppermint extract and food coloring. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  2. On a baking sheet, roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 14-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove waxed paper. Place plain rectangle over green rectangle. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Pinwheels in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p79

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cynthiaelliott User ID: 1867504 154568
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"These cookies taste good, however I should have made the roll longer. The cookies were too large and spread out a lot, which made them too thin. If the roll was smaller and longer I think the cookies would have been a better size. I will try them again."

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"The dough was to soft to work with after rolling it out and putting it in the fridge. I put it in the freezer for several hours and it still was to soft. Finally got them rolled out after several attempts. A lot of the dough stuck to the paper. They did not hold their shape when I baked them. They had a good taste, but a lot of trouble."

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