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Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

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Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 14
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Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

The super easy method behind these cookies takes your sugar cookie game to a whole new level!!


bag (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix, mixed per package directions
Liquid food coloring, as desired
Rainbow sprinkles, if desired


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 For rainbow pinwheels, divide dough evenly into five bowls, and color each with a different color liquid food coloring. (We used McCormick™ Neon shades in pink, green, blue and purple, as well as the yellow from the standard pack).
  • 3 Roll each color dough into 14 grape-sized balls.
  • 4 Combine a ball of each color and quickly roll into a larger ball. It will look like a little beachball.
  • 5 Then roll that ball between your hands and the counter or cutting board until you have a cylinder about 6 inches long.
  • 6 Starting from one end of the cylinder, roll the dough into a coil, twisting the cylinder as you go.
  • 7 Roll edges of the cookie in sprinkles.
  • 8 Repeat with remaining cookies.
  • 9 Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until done (fully done middle with the barest touch of golden brown on the edges).
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Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

As prepared by Michelle P,

The holidays are, of course, sugar cookie season!

But if you're like me, you've gotten bored with the old "roll, cut, sprinkle" routine. Luckily, a little food coloring is all takes to step up your sugar cookie game. Step it waaaay up!

rainbow pinwheel coookie recipe collage

The method for these Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies is so simple, and the process is made even easier when you start out with Better Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix.  Your favorite sugar cookie recipe will work just as well, but the way I look at it, with a mix, all the time I would have spent gathering and measuring out ingredients can be put towards making the cookies "pop" visually! (Call me shallow, but l love me a bling-y cookie . . .)

So, as I was saying, the technique for assembling Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies could not be easier (and thanks Creative Homemaker for the great idea!).  No precise measurement, rolling pin action, or squaring-off of dough blocks is required.

rainbow colored cookie dough

Combine your sugar cookie mix as directed.  Divide the dough into as many colors as you want, tint each appropriately (I used McCormick “Neon” shades for the pink, green, blue and purple, and then the yellow from the standard food coloring pack).

purple cookie dough balls

Roll each color of dough into little balls (about the size of a large grape – the mix yielded 14 of each color).

rainbow cookie balls

Then take a ball of each color, and quickly roll them into a cute little cookie dough “beachball”. (If the dough starts to get a little soft, pop the balls into the fridge for about 20 minutes before moving on to the next step.)

rainbow pinwheels

Next, roll this “beachball” out into a long strip (snake-style, from preschool), and, beginning at one end, roll the strip up, twisting as you go. The twisting is key: it's what gives the cookies their zany candy-stripe, pinwheel effect.

rainbow pinwheels with sprinkles

Finally, dip the edges of the cookies in sprinkles and bake!

rainbow pinwheel recipe

Easy peasy!  Try this method in holiday colors or for themed parties. They'll be a huge hit!

Hope you enjoy!  XO,


Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!
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