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Pinwheel Cookie Recipe


  • 2 ¼ Cups of All Purpose Flour

  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder

  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt

  • 1 Cup of Softened Butter

  • 1 Large Egg

  • ¾ Tsp Almond Extract

  • Red Food Coloring

  • Sprinkles


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and kosher salt).

  2. Next, you will need a large bowl (I use a Kitchenaid mixer, if you do not have one handy, use a large bowl with a handheld mixer). Beat the butter and the sugar together until they are blended.

  3. Add the egg and mix well then add the almond extract.

  4. Add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients bowl and mix well.

  5. Separate the dough into two equal portions and remove one from the mixing bowl.

  6. Add red food coloring to the bowl until your desired color is achieved.

  7. Shape each dough into a square around ½ “ thick and wrap it in plastic wrap.

  8. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  9. Remove the white dough from the refrigerator, open the dough from the plastic wrap and place it between two pieces of parchment paper.

  10. Roll your dough into a rectangle. It should be around ¼” inch thick. Repeat this with both the red dough.

  11. Place your red dough on top of your white dough and press down gently. Remove the top parchment paper. Trim the edges to help make them even.

  12. Starting with the long side close to you, use the bottom of the parchment paper to roll the dough into a log. Wrap your log with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  13. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour sprinkles of your choice into a bowl.

  14. Remove your log from the refrigerator. Slice cookies ½" thick and roll in sprinkles.

  15. Place 2” from each other and bake for 10 minutes (or until the cookie edges start to a slightly golden). Remove from oven and let them cool.

These cookies provide your child with so many great opportunities. Sensory skills with various textures (dough, sprinkles, smells), using their bilateral skills (mixing, pouring, measuring, rolling, opening containers, and cutting) as well as visual skills (looking at measuring cups, tracking, reading directions if they are old enough).

These cookies are easy to make and beautiful to watch when you slice them. They have that “ooooh” factor that kids will enjoy watching the end result. They are also beautiful for any holiday party (you can alter the colors to fit any holiday or party theme).

I hope your family enjoys these cookies as much as mine does!! Happy Holidays!!!

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