If you are looking for the best Christmas cookies then you are going to love these Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. Also known as Whoville cookies! These fun Christmas cookie are perfect for any holiday party.
Christmas Pinwheel Cookie Recipe
These are the perfect Christmas cookie to leave out for the Grinch to distract him from stealing your Christmas joy on Christmas Eve. You can change up the colors to match any theme you have. This is a great take on a yummy sugar cookie. This christmas sugar cookie is one that my kids love for me to make each year.
The Whoville sugar cookies are fun, festive and easy to make, but they look like they will take forever! 😉 Don’t tell your friends they don’t take forever when you bring them to your parties 🙂 If you love these make sure you also check out our Disney Frozen Ice Swirl cookies .
Tips for making Whoville pinwheel cookies
The dough will be sticky, you need to make sure you are really keeping the dough cold to make the butter firm.
When you roll out the dough you want to make sure you are rolling it in between the parchment paper or wax paper or it will stick to your rolling pin.
After you roll it out the dough you need to place the dough in the fridge for at least an hour. If for some reason the dough is to squishy feeling you can add a 1/2 cup of flour to the dough.
How to add flavors to Pinwheel Cookies
If you want to change the flavor of the pinwheel cookies you can easily by changing out the vanilla extract for a different flavor clear extract. Peppermint and coconut extracts are others that we love to use. You can also make them lemon flavored by adding lemon extract and some lemon zest.
How to Store Pinwheel Cookies
Baked pinwheel cookies need to be stored in an airtight container. These cookies will keep for one week on the counter in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze Pinwheel Cookies?
If you are wanting to make the cookies ahead of time and freeze them you can. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can I make these cookies ahead of time?
You can make these pinwheel cookies ahead of time and then keep the cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 days in the fridge. Just follow the steps until the rolling step, roll the dough together, and then wrap the sugar cookie dough roll in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Bake per directions when you are ready to bake them.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
You can freeze the cookie dough as a cookie dough log and wrap well with plastic wrap and put into a freezer bag. Or you can slice the cookies and then place them on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then remove from the cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer bag in the freezer. Before baking from being frozen, remove the cookie from the freezer and thaw for 30 minutes before baking. Unbaked cookie dough will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How do you roll pinwheel cookies?
When you are rolling pinwheel cookies it is actually quite easy. You will make each color dough you are using, then you will roll the dough into a flat piece and stack the dough colors on top of each other. Then using your hands roll the layered cookie dough into a roll.
The recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies Ingredients
- All purpose flour
- baking powder
- granulated white sugar
- vanilla extract
- Red and green food coloring (The brighter you want them the more food coloring you will use, I use 1/2 tablespoon per color of food coloring).
- holiday sprinkles
How to Make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed with the paddle attachment of your stand mixer to combine butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Normally takes about 5 minutes.
Once the sugar and butter are creamed together, add the egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate large bowl add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Next, add the dry ingredients to the sugar and butter mixture, mix well.
Once the dough is made, divide dough into two equal parts.
Separate the dough in half and color one part red and one part green.
Put the freshly made red dyed sugar cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll 11 x 9 inches and 1/4 inch thick. Once the first section of sugar cookie dough is rolled out, Repeat with the green colored sugar cookie dough.
Put the rolled dough including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer.
Once the dough is chilled, remove from the fridge and Take the top layer of parchment paper off both doughs and lightly wet the tops with water.
Sandwich the two colors together with the parchment paper on the outside of the dough so that the dough is touching each other. Using a paring knife trim the edges of the dough to make straight edges and make each piece of dough the same exact size.
Remove the top layer of parchment paper, leaving the parchment paper that is on the bottom color still there and and start rolling up and use the bottom layer of paper to pull it tight. If the dough tears you can just pinch it together.
Pour the sprinkles onto a large platter and roll the log in the sprinkles and press them in.
Place the dough into the fridge for 15 minutes or longer.
Once the dough is chilled, remove from the fridge and slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices and place on parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake at 325° F for 10 -15 minutes. Let cool.
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Whoville Cookies |Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
- In a large bowl, Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to butter mixture, mix well.
- Separate the dough in half and color one part red and one part green.
- Put one of the freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll 11 x 9 inches and 1/4 inch thick.
- Repeat with the other color dough.
- Put the rolled dough including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer.
- Take the top layer off both dough’s and lightly wet the tops. Sandwich the two colors together, using a paring knife trim the edges to make straight edges.
- Remove the top layer of paper and start rolling up and use the bottom layer of paper to pull it tight. If the dough tears you can just pinch it together.
- Poor the sprinkles onto a large platter and roll the log in the sprinkles and press them in. Place the dough into the fridge for 15 minutes or longer.
- Slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices and bake on parchment lined sheets.
- Bake at 325° F for 10 -15 minutes. Let cool.
4 Weight Watchers Smart Points per cookie.