Quick and Easy Easter Pinwheel Cookies

by Melissa

Your holiday cookie game is about to be strong with these easy Easter pinwheel cookies that are beyond mesmerizing with their swirl but also so simple to make.



What are pinwheel cookies?

Pinwheel cookies are a classic old fashioned swirled sugar cookie.

A recipe that seems a lot harder than it really is but, in reality, they are pretty darn easy to make.

Plus they make the perfect festive cookie for any holiday because you can interchange the dough with different fun colors.



Ingredients you will need for Easter Pinwheel Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 tablespoons butter (unsalted and at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Food coloring: 2 drops yellow for yellow, 2 drops yellow and one red for orange (or if you have orange food coloring, use 2 drops) and 2 drops green for green.

Directions:

  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

  • Add lemon and orange extracts and egg to the bowl and mix well, be sure to frequently scrape sides of the bowl.

  • Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and combine well.

  • Remove dough and split into 3 equal pieces.

  • Place one piece back into a mixer bowl.  Make a thumb indentation in the center of the dough and place one color into the center. 

  • Mix well until the color is fully incorporated into the dough.  At this time you can add more color if desired.  Repeat this step with the remaining two pieces of dough.

  • Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

How do you roll Pinwheel Cookies?

  • Remove dough from the refrigerator and place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface.  Place one dough square in the center of the parchment sheet and cover it with another sheet of parchment.

  • Roll dough into a 10 in. square. 

  • Repeat with the remaining two dough squares.

  • Leave parchment paper on and chill for another 1/2 hour.

  • Remove dough from the refrigerator.  Carefully remove parchment paper from orange dough and place it on a flat surface.  Place green dough on top of yellow and finally, add orange to the top.

  • Starting at one end, carefully roll dough trio into a log shape.  Pinch seam together and trim ends of logs.

  • Wrap dough log in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

  • Remove dough from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1/4 in. pieces.

  • Place cookies on parchment covered cookie sheet, approx. 2-1/2 in. apart. 

  • Sprinkle tops of each cookie with coarse sugar and bake for approx. 13 min. until firm.

  • Cool on wire rack.



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Easter Pinwheel Cookies

Easter Pinwheel Cookies

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 58 minutes

Your holiday cookie game is about to be strong with these easy Easter pinwheel cookies that are beyond mesmerizing with their swirl but also so simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 tablespoons butter (unsalted and at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Food coloring: 2 drops yellow for yellow, 2 drops yellow and one red for orange (or if you have orange food coloring, use 2 drops) and 2 drops green for green.

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add lemon and orange extracts and egg to the bowl and mix well, be sure to frequently scrape sides of the bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and combine well.
  5. Remove dough and split into 3 equal pieces.
  6. Place one piece back into a mixer bowl.  Make a thumb indentation in the center of the dough and place one color into the center. 
  7. Mix well until the color is fully incorporated into the dough.  At this time you can add more color if desired.  Repeat this step with the remaining two pieces of dough.
  8. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  9. Remove dough from the refrigerator and place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface.  Place one dough square in the center of the parchment sheet and cover it with another sheet of parchment.
  10. Roll dough into a 10 in. square. 
  11. Repeat with the remaining two dough squares.
  12. Leave parchment paper on and chill for another 1/2 hour.
  13. Remove dough from the refrigerator.  Carefully remove parchment paper from orange dough and place it on a flat surface.  Place green dough on top of yellow and finally, add orange to the top.
  14. Starting at one end, carefully roll dough trio into a log shape.  Pinch seam together and trim ends of logs.
  15. Wrap dough log in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  16. Remove dough from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  17. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1/4 in. pieces.
  18. Place cookies on parchment covered cookie sheet, approx. 2-1/2 in. apart. 
  19. Sprinkle tops of each cookie with coarse sugar and bake for approx. 13 min. until firm.
  20. Cool on wire rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g



You can share these Easter Pinwheel Cookies with your kids and get them in on the fun baking action.



It is the perfect activity to do as a family and you get rewarded with a yummy treat in the end.

If you enjoyed these old fashioned pinwheel cookies you might also like…

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Easter Desserts


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31 comments

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama March 11, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The first time I tried this, I forgot to refrigerate the roll again – SMUSH! It’s a very important step!

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Melissa Coleman March 11, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Yep, definitely want to put the roll in the freezer for at least an hour.

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Rachelle J March 11, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Thee are so cute! I think I’m going to make these with my daughter for her class!

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Melissa Coleman March 11, 2015 - 4:17 PM

That would be fun! If you can find the chocolate cookie sheets you can stake it with the regular sugar and then roll. It will give the pinwheel a little more definition. Unfortunately those buggers are hard to find. At least in my neck of the woods. I had planned to do that and show for my Easter pinwheel post but no such luck finding them this time around.

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Bri Radke March 11, 2015 - 1:28 PM

I can’t wait to make these! They are adorable and so easy to make. Thanks!

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Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods March 11, 2015 - 4:43 PM

Such a fun and creative idea for cookies! Love it!

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vanessa: BriteandBubbly March 11, 2015 - 6:25 PM

These are fantastic! I’m going to make these for our Easter Brunch.

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Pam March 11, 2015 - 6:40 PM

These turned out so cute. I need to make them for the family get together!

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Robin {Masshole Mommy} March 11, 2015 - 6:43 PM

These cookies would be adorable for Easter. I bet the kids would love to help make them, too.

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Melissa Coleman March 12, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Yep, going crazy with the sprinkles is always fun. 🙂

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Marcie W. March 11, 2015 - 7:52 PM

This looks like a fun, easy way to jazz up sugar cookies! I can not think of a single person that does not like sprinkles.

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Melissa Coleman March 12, 2015 - 10:35 AM

We are sprinkle crazy in our house.

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Tiffany@LivingSweetMoments March 11, 2015 - 9:32 PM

Adorable cookies!! My daughters would go crazy for them and the fact that the sprinkles are baked alongside them should give them a nice texture!

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Chrysa Duran March 11, 2015 - 11:01 PM

Oh my goodness now I know how to make these! Thanks for the easy tutorial!

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Jeanine March 11, 2015 - 11:02 PM

Oh how cute! These look great! I love baking cookies and think my kids would love these.. Especially decorating them!

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Crystal March 11, 2015 - 11:54 PM

I love sugar cookies, but don’t make them very often. The extra step to roll everything out is discouraging, I guess. This sounds like a great way to enjoy the sugar cookies I love.

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Melissa Coleman March 12, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Yep… the rolled and ready would be perfect for you then. You wouldn’t even have to make pinwheels. These cookie sheets you can just cut with cookie cutters, pop in the oven and done.

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Cinny March 12, 2015 - 1:36 AM

I love sugar cookies! I should try this out.

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Christie March 12, 2015 - 9:04 AM

I love the sprinkles! A perfect cookie for spring!

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Debbie Denny March 12, 2015 - 11:41 AM

I love this. Really looks easy to make.

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Ann Bacciaglia March 12, 2015 - 1:10 PM

These cookies looks so good and simple to make. I will have to try making some this weekend.

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Chrystal @ YUM eating March 12, 2015 - 3:04 PM

Everything is better with sprinkles! These look so simple and cute. I bet kiddo could make them all by herself. I’ll just sit and watch.

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Rosey March 12, 2015 - 7:18 PM

They did turn out cute. They’d be great for Easter dinner with the family… where everyone loves to go to the dessert table. 🙂

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Danielle @ We Have It All March 12, 2015 - 8:44 PM

I can’t wait to make these! They are adorable and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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Shannon Gurnee March 13, 2015 - 12:50 AM

I love Nestle Toll House Cookies! This recipe sure sounds like a yummy one! Thanks for sharing.

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Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly March 13, 2015 - 2:37 AM

I will cook a multi-course meal but refuse to bake, so you can come over and bring these and I’ll supply dinner! 🙂

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Melissa Coleman March 13, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Haha Tracy, sounds like a plan!

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Tracey March 13, 2015 - 8:50 AM

Those are so pretty and look delicious! Pinning this to my Easter board.

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Amanda March 14, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Adorable and Yummy! These are perfect Easter treats!

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Amy D March 16, 2015 - 2:19 PM

These are really cute Spring cookies! I love the little sprinkles on them too!

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April Decheine March 17, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Very cute Easter cookies, I love them. I will have to bookmark this recipe.

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