Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

We bake a lot during the festive season. We always have. My mom starts baking a few weeks beforehand to make sure there is enough. It is a tradition I am carrying on with my children. Baking is a big part of our life, it makes sense we would carry it on through the festive season with these pinwheel cookies.

This year I decided to play around with some fun new Christmas themed cookies, like these gorgeous pinwheels. I will admit I was a little bit hesitant to do these with the kids because they seemed pretty involved but I am glad we did them.

The sprinkles were the hardest part of this recipe to find. I eventually found these red ones at our local Bakers Bin. They have a variety of different colors you can choose from and you actually don’t use as much as you would think.

If you are in South Africa making these for Christmas, make sure that you chill the dough long enough at each step. It was super hot the day we made it and we struggled with the dough a bit, so don’t skip this step.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • Red Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles


  • Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add the egg and beat until mixed.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.
  • Split the dough in half. Color one half with red food coloring.
  • Place the dough in the fridge for at least 45 minutes.
  • Roll out the plain dough into a rectangle shape. Place it back in the fridge
  • Roll out the red dough into the same size as the plain one. Place back in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  • Take both colors out and then place the red one on top of the plain one and then roll it up. Place back in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Pour out all the sprinkles into a large dish. Roll the dough in the sprinkles until it is covered completely.
  • Slice the dough into 2-3 cm thick slices and bake for 20 minutes.

I am really so happy with how they came out. I popped some in a glass jar as a thank you gift and they looked so stunning. So you can give them to teachers/coaches/grandparents as Christmas gifts.

What are your favourite things to bake at Christmas?

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