Christmas Pinwheel Cookies – Recipe

by Melinda

From what I’m told (and this is from the friend of a friend of a friend), this recipe for Christmas Pinwheel Cookies comes from someone’s Ukrainian grandmother.  But it’s been modified a bit to fit our American measurements and preferences. 

It’s still very popular with the children – and adults – of several families. 


• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/3 cups butter
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 2/3 cup white sugar
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 drop red food coloring, or as needed
• 1 drop green food coloring, or as needed


Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. Sift a second time into another bowl.

Beat the butter with the brown and white sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Next gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended.

Gather the dough into a ball and divide it into two equal parts. Place one half in a second bowl. Add red food coloring to the dough in one bowl, and green food coloring to the dough in the other bowl. Use a fork or wooden spoon to blend the food coloring into the dough until evenly blended. Add additional drops of food coloring to make the desired shade.

Roll out the red dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Roll out the green dough to 1/4 inch (5mm) thickness, and place on top of the red dough. Beginning on one edge, roll the two dough pads to make a log.  You’ll see how the two colors spiral inside each other.

Wrap the log in waxed paper, then in a cotton towel, and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. Unwrap the dough log, and place on a clean, lightly floured surface. Slice the log into rounds 1/8 inch thick, and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until set, 5 to 6 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent edges from browning. Remove from oven, and cool on racks.   Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

That’s it.  Now you have very colorful red-and-green pinwheel cookies for your Christmas entertaining.  Or keep them all for your family.  You’ll be a big hit whatever you do.

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

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