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Peppermint Pinwheels

Put a spin on your holidays with these bright swirls! This recipe makes rich-tasting cookies with a minty flavor that sometimes surprises people. —Marcia Hostetter, Canton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; mix extract and food coloring into one portion.
  • Between waxed paper, roll each portion of dough into a 16x10-in. rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place red rectangle over plain rectangle; roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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  • Sue
    Dec 16, 2020

    If you enjoy playing with dried out play dough, you’ll enjoy this recipe. I made it TWO TIMES and both attempts were dry and crumbly dough. I even tried to mix it longer as someone suggested, but still a crumbly mess. Taking this one off my lost of Christmas cookies.

  • hlaclair
    Dec 11, 2020

    This is a must have every year at our house. It is somewhat difficult to do so here are my tips: 1) if your dough is crumbly you didn’t mix it long enough. It will come together well with enough mixing 2) I make two batches - one without color and the other with color. Mix the color into the wet ingredients- so much easier than working it into the completed dough 3) after rolling out the dough, cut into rectangles of equal size. It’ll be easier to stack and will roll up better. Try to get consistent thickness too. I put on wax paper and use the paper to help roll it.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 21, 2017

    It seems like the recipe is sort of bland.

  • KimikoCat
    Jan 13, 2016

    I agree with savvypirate's comment about the crumbly consistency of the dough, and add that the peppermint flavor of the cookies was almost nonexistent.

  • savvypirate
    Dec 14, 2014

    I am a very adept baker and know what im doing, I followed the instructions to a tee and The dough was dry/crumbled like sand. Was almost impossible to roll and even harder to roll up. Then it was so hard after chilling I had to microwave it for 20 seconds just to cut it only to have it crumble. What a waste of ingredients and time. Id give it no stars if I could.

  • Sam0613
    Dec 14, 2014

    This is a favorite at my house. Layering the two doughs is a little difficult, but very much worth it. Before I put them in the oven, I crush up peppermints and put them on top. Looks pretty and enhances the peppermint flavor. Yummy!

  • EmilyR369
    Dec 30, 2011

    No comment left

  • WinnieW
    Dec 10, 2010

    I make this recipe every year. It isn't exactly easy since you need to layer the plain dough with the red dough, matching each piece exactly, then rolling it all up. My husband usually helps with this part since he is more patient than me. This is one recipe that everyone in my family loves and requests. They are delicious and so pretty too! Keep an eye on them when they are in the oven so that they don't brown - they aren't as attractive.

  • carly17
    Dec 1, 2010

    This was a very good cookie. Although mine didn't come out as red as the picture, mine was more of a pink color, but I think I will try it again with more red food dye and see what happens. I am going to try the Chocolate version for Christmas too.

  • micah68tlb
    Dec 9, 2009

    I have made this recipe for several years now and substituted cinnamon oil for the peppermint. They are my daughter's favorite. I also glaze them lightly with a powdered sugar glaze. I've never actually tried the peppermint flavor.