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Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

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
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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. Repeat with remaining dough and green sugar. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 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.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough; results may vary when using a different product.
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  • vbange
    Dec 21, 2014

    No comment left

  • whoareyou
    Mar 20, 2013

    F likes them

  • juliejl
    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?

  • Cheryl70
    Dec 10, 2012

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

  • ukgirly
    Dec 21, 2011

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

  • ukgirly
    Dec 20, 2011

    Awful! Doesn't work at all :(

  • galedia
    Dec 14, 2011

    Adding the 1/2 cup flour made the dough to dry to roll, but when left out the refrigerated dough still wouldn't roll. I ended up making batches of sprinkle filled cookies that looked horrible and tasted store bought.