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!
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.
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).
Roll each color of dough into little balls (about the size of a large grape – the mix yielded 14 of each color).
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.)
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.
Finally, dip the edges of the cookies in sprinkles and bake!
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!