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5-Ingredient Christmas Pinwheel Swirl Cookies with Sprinkles

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These pinwheel cookies are perfect for the Christmas season! Store-bought sugar cookie dough is transformed into a vibrant red, green, and white swirl cookie with a crunchy sprinkle edge – it doesn’t get any more festive than this!

closeup of christmas pinwheel cookie topped with sprinkles

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Who doesn’t love pinwheel cookies? They are a festive, fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

These swirl sugar cookies are made with premade, store-bought sugar cookie dough that has been transformed into a red, green, and white pinwheel cookie rolled in festive holiday sprinkles. They only require 4 ingredients (plus sprinkles) and take no time to bake!

The secret to this recipe is the premade, store-bought dough. Simply add a little bit of extra flour, and you’ve got the perfect consistency sugar cookie dough that holds up beautifully while making these pinwheel cookies!

You are free to make your own sugar cookie dough of course, but by using this hack you save a lot of time and headache.

Adding these unique, fun, and festive treats to a holiday dessert tray along with some Christmas Swirl Brownies, Christmas Oreo Bon Bons, Mocha Swirl Cookies, and Christmasdoodles will surely leave your family smiling.

Why you’ll love these Christmas Swirl Cookies

  • They’re fun! Unlike classic peanut butter blossoms or ginger snaps, these swirl cookies are unique.
  • They’re easy! Using premade dough cuts out almost all prep time.
  • Only 5 ingredients
  • They’re kid-friendly. Kids love whimsy and sprinkles…so do I.
red white & green christmas pinwheel sugar cookies on a white platter

Equipment you’ll need to make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Ingredients for your Red & Green Swirl Christmas Cookies with Sprinkles

Below is a list of ingredients along with some possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

Sugar Cookie Dough – You’ll need three 16 oz. packages of premade sugar cookie dough. The roll or break & bakes will work. Alternatively, you can make a triple batch from scratch, using my reindeer sugar cookie base.
Flour – You’ll add all-purpose white flour to the dough.
Food Coloring – Red and green food coloring for the swirls. I find gel to work well. I like this kit.
Sprinkles! – Sprinkles or coarse sugar are optional, but highly encouraged. I use a Christmas mix here.

packaged cookie dough laid out to make christmas cookies

STEP ONE: First, to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together 1 package of prepared cookie dough with 1/4 cup of flour until fully combined. Place the ball of dough between two large pieces of parchment paper and roll out into a rectangle until a rolling pin to approximately 1/8″ thick. Set aside, leaving the bottom piece of parchment paper.

STEP TWO: Next, repeat that same process but add red food coloring to the second batch, clean out the bowl, and add green food coloring to the third batch.

STEP THREE: Then, gently stack the three dough colors onto each other on a baking sheet and place in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Once chilled, remove the dough from the fridge and start with the short end of the rectangle and gently roll the dough into a log. Wrap in parchment paper and chill for an additional hour.

STEP FIVE: Once the dough log has fully chilled, remove from the fridge and sprinkle sprinkles or coarse sugar in the unwrapped parchment and use the parchment as a tool to help roll the log in them so they stick to the sides.

STEP SIX: Finally, use a sharp knife to slice the dough into approximately 1/4″ thick slices and lay them onto a parchment lined baking sheet, approximately 2″ apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a 350° preheated oven. They’ll be delicate in the center so allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

collage of 4 colors showing how to make christmas pinwheel cookies

How to store these pinwheel cookies

I recommend eating these pinwheel cookies within 4 days of making them for maximum freshness. Store them in an airtight container. If you choose to freeze them, they will last for up to two months in freezer bag.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies FAQs

Can I make the sugar cookie dough ahead of time?

Yes! If you want to go ahead and prep your dough, you can make it up to a week in advance before baking. It will remain good in the fridge for that time. Just prep and wrap the log with parchment paper or plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

You can also make and freeze this dough! It will last 2-3 months in the freezer, just place the parchment wrapped log in a large plastic bag to preserve freshness.

What kind of sprinkles should I use on the outside of the cookies?

For this recipe, I used nonpareils, the Christmas mix. You can get some here. They are my fav because not only do they look good, but they add additional texture to the cookies. You can use any type of sprinkles you like, just make sure they are something that will add some crunch. You can also use a coarse sugar (like a sanding sugar) – colored would be pretty!

Can I use a different color of dough for my pinwheel cookies?

Yes – you can! Another idea is to do a winter-themed or frost/snowflake-themed swirl cookie. You’d just need to use blue dye. Use 2 drops for a lighter blue and 4 drops for a darker blue, and you’ll have a frosty pinwheel cookie for a different winter vibe.

Can I make these cookies smaller?

Yes! If you roll the dough from the long end, you will create smaller cookies. You’ll need to cut down on the baking time to about 10 to 13 minutes.

Can I make these pinwheel cookies with other types of sugar cookie dough?

Absolutely! You’ll just need to add a little bit more flour. If you’re using pre-made store-bought sugar cookie mix, use the recipe on the back of the box for reference. If you are making your own recipe or have another type of premade sugar cookie dough you can use that too.

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Christmas Pinwheel Swirl Cookies with Sprinkles

Melissa Williams
These pinwheel cookies are perfect for the Christmas season! Store-bought sugar cookie dough is transformed into a vibrant red, green, and white swirl cookie with a crunchy sprinkle edge – it doesn't get any more festive than this!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Chill Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 1 min
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 261 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 48 oz sugar cookie dough divided (this is three 16 oz packages)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour divided
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles or coarse sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together 1 package of cookie dough with ¼ cup of all-purpose flour until fully combined.
  • Place the ball of dough between two large pieces of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin until about 1/8 -inch thick and resembling a rectangle. Set aside, leaving on the bottom piece of parchment.
  • Add another package of cookie dough and ¼ cup of flour to the mixing bowl with green food coloring and mix until combined.
  • Place the ball of dough between two large pieces of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin until about 1/8 -inch thick and roughly the same shape and size as the plain cookie dough. Gently transfer the sheet of green dough on top of the plain cookie dough.
  • You may need/want to clean the mixing bowl before mixing the red dough, then add another package of cookie dough and ¼ cup of flour to the mixing bowl with red food coloring and mix until combined.
  • Place the ball of dough between two large pieces of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin until about 1/8 -inch thick and roughly the same shape and size as the other colors of cookie dough. Gently transfer the sheet of red dough on top of the green cookie dough.
  • I recommend chilling the sheets of dough for 20 to 30 minutes in the refrigerator to make it easier to roll up. Then start at the short ends and roll up and then wrap the dough log in parchment paper and chill for an additional hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove from the fridge after chilling and sprinkle sprinkles or coarse sugar in the unwrapped parchment and use the parchment as a tool to help roll the log in them so they stick to the sides.
  • Use a large sharp knife to slice the dough into 1/4 -inch thick slices and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet 2-inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 11 to 15 minutes. The cookies will still be fragile in the center once done so allow them to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • You can roll the dough from the long end to create smaller cookies and bake for about 9 to 12 minutes.
  • The dough can remain in the fridge for up to 1 week before slicing and baking. Place the parchment wrapped log in a large plastic bag to preserve freshness.
  • Cookies will remain good in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 21IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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