Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

READY IN: 41mins
YIELD: 48 cookies




  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter at medium speed until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy and light.
  • In smaller bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt;
  • Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat at low speed until well incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal portions making 2 rolls.
  • Take 1 roll and place in a small bowl. Add the red food coloring and mix well with a large spoon. If the color isn't red enough, add more red food coloring.
  • Add the crushed peppermint candy to this red dough. Mix well with the large spoon and form into a log.
  • Now, wrap each log with Saran wrap and chill for 45 minutes or until firm.
  • At this point instead of chilling dough, if you plan on baking these later, you may freeze the dough for up to 6 weeks.
  • Creating the pinwheels:
  • Lightly flour your rolling surface.
  • Take the plain dough and roll into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle.
  • Place a large piece of wax paper and and roll the red dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle by placing another piece of wax paper or Seran Wrap on top of the red dough so the rolling pin doesn't touch and stick to the dough.
  • Now, lift the wax paper or Seran Wrap off the red dough. Invert the plain dough on top of the red dough.
  • Cut dough in half so you have 2 (12 x 4-inch) rectangles.
  • Roll up each rectangle in jelly-roll fashion and as you do so, remove the wax paper or Seran Wrap that is on the bottom of the red dough. Start at the long side. Wrap each log in Seran Wrap.
  • Chill about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using dark pan, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap.
  • Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes or until set; cool slightly on pans, then remove to racks to cool completely. Note: 6 minutes will give you a chewier cookie.