Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

How To Make Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

A sweet addition to the holiday table, these pinwheel cookies made with vanilla and raspberry-flavored dough rolled and baked into festive treats.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 40 minutes



  • ¼cupwhite granulated sugar
  • 1cupunsalted butter,(2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • ½tspbaking powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1large eggs
  • 3cupsall purpose flour
  • ½tspliquid red food coloring
  • ½tspraspberry extract


  1. Place the sugar, butter, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the ingredients together for about 2 minutes on medium speed until the batter is creamy, light in color, and clings to the side of the bowl.

  2. Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the egg. Mix until incorporated.

  3. Add the flour and mix it into the dough at low speed until no more streaks of flour remain.

  4. Scrape the dough out onto a clean surface and divide in half. Set one half aside. Place the other half back in the bowl, and add the red food coloring and raspberry extract. Mix until incorporated and uniform in color.

  5. Divide each half of the dough in half again – there should be 4 balls of dough, two plain, and two raspberry. Roughly shape each ball into a square or rectangle, and tightly wrap each square in plastic wrap.

  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, or up to a day, to let the dough firm.

  7. Remove one piece of dough, unwrap it, and place it on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Place another piece of wax paper or parchment paper on top, and roll the dough into a 6×12-inch rectangle. If the dough is too hard to roll out, let it soften for a few minutes until it’s easier to roll.

  8. While rolling the dough, occasionally flip it over. If the parchment paper has become wrinkled, unpeel it from the dough and reapply to prevent wrinkles in the dough.

  9. When done, transfer the rolled-out dough to a baking sheet, still sandwiched between sheets of paper. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of dough, stacking the sheets of dough on top of each other on the baking sheet.

  10. Once all four pieces of dough are rolled out, place the cookie sheet with the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes. The dough should be firm, but not frozen through.

To Assemble the Dough:

  1. Remove one of the sheets of vanilla dough and one of the sheets of raspberry dough from the freezer. Peel back the top paper on both.

  2. Carefully flip the raspberry dough onto the vanilla dough so they are sandwiched together (vanilla on the bottom, raspberry on top). Peel away the remaining paper from the raspberry dough.

  3. Trim the edges so the two sheets of the dough line up. Carefully roll the dough from the long edge to make a 12-inch long log of dough, peeling away the bottom layer of parchment.

  4. Repeat this sandwiching and rolling process, but this time put the raspberry layer on the bottom so that when the dough is rolled, the raspberry dough is on the outside.

  5. Wrap each log of dough tightly in parchment paper or plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. (Or freeze for up to a month.)

To Bake:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or silicon baking mat.

  2. Remove the chilled dough from the fridge. The bottom of the dough will be slightly flat from where it was resting in the fridge. To smooth this out, gently roll the log against the counter by hand until the edges are smooth again.

  3. Slice the dough into ¼ to ½-inch thick slices. Place them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.

  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies start to brown ever so slightly on the edges. Transfer baked cookies to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with slicing and baking the remaining dough.

  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


  • Calories: 68.16kcal
  • Fat: 4.01g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.47g
  • Trans Fat: 0.16g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.04g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.20g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.04g
  • Fiber: 0.21g
  • Sugar: 1.08g
  • Protein: 0.98g
  • Cholesterol: 14.04mg
  • Sodium: 30.18mg
  • Calcium: 6.46mg
  • Potassium: 11.14mg
  • Iron: 0.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 34.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.01mg
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