Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies are formed by rolling sheets of red and white sugar dough together to make a log of spirals. They are cooled in the refrigerator and cut when desired to bake beautiful, flavorful and fun Christmas cookies.

#ChristmasCookies Week is a sponsored event and Adams Extract is sponsoring today’s post. In exchange for sharing this recipe, I received vanilla and almond extract and food coloring. All thoughts, ideas, recipes, pictures, and opinions contained within this post are solely my own and not necessarily that of the sponsor.

Christmas Cookies Week

I would like to thank our sponsor, Adams Extracts, for sending us vanilla and almond extract and food coloring for us to use in our recipes. I am using the food coloring and vanilla extract in these cookies.

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies Recipe

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies are slice and bake Christmas cookies which are beautiful, flavorful and fun additions to the cookie tray!


  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Red food color
  • Sprinkles


  1. Mix powdered sugar, margarine, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour and salt and combine. Divide dough in half (I used a scale). Stir in food color to one half of the dough.
  2. Roll white dough into a rectangle shape, 12 x 6 ½ inches, on parchment paper. Shape the red dough the same. Place the red dough on top of the white dough and press together with the rolling pin. Roll the two doughs together into a log using the parchment paper. This will form the spiral/pinwheel pattern. Roll the dough in sprinkles. Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices from the roll using a sharp knife. Place about 1 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from the cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.


Adapted from Betty Crocker’s New Christmas Cookbook.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies
Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Christmas Cookies Week

Be sure to check out the cookies I shared earlier this week: Peppermint Shortbread Cookies, Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies and Grinch Cookies.

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