Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Cookies

Jul 02

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Welcome July! And yay for more Leftovers Club! This month, the club decided to do a theme– naturally, we picked the Fourth of July. I can’t wait to see everyone’s red, white, and blue treats.

I was matched with Kim from Feed Me Seymour. I’ve been matched with almost everyone in the club, but this is the first time I’ve been paired with Kim. I am SO excited to be her partner this month.

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I made red, white, and blue pinwheel cookies. The recipe came from Just a Taste. My colors weren’t as crisp as I would have liked, but the cookies still taste good, and that is what really matters. Hope Kim likes them too :)

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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Prep time: 6 hours (but not all the time is active prep!)
  • Cook time: 10-11 min
  • Servings: 3-4 dozen
  • Difficulty: medium


With a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Then add the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla, with the mixer still going. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt with the mixer off. Turn mixer on low and beat until it is combined.

Remove the dough and separate into three equal pieces-- I did this with a food scale. Shape each piece of dough into a square and best you can. Individually wrap one in plastic wrap. This is the white portion. Put another portion in the mixer and add red food coloring. You will be surprised by how many food coloring drops to make it red. Mix on low until the red is even. Wrap this piece in plastic wrap. Next, either use a new bowl and paddle or clean the existing one very well-- you don't want any red to be left in the bowl or on the paddle. Take the last portions and mix in drops of blue food coloring on low. Wrap in plastic wrap. Put all three portions in the fridge for the 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut each rectangle in half. Place the red dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll with a rolling pin until the dough is about an 1/8 inch thick.  Repeat this with the blue and white. I tried to match the shape of the blue and white with what I did with the red dough.

Peel the top layer of the parchment paper off of the blue dough and then peel the paper off one side of the white dough. Transfer the white on top of the blue. Peel the last piece off the white and one piece off the red. Transfer the red on top of the white. Very slightly roll the three layers together. Peel the top layer of parchments paper off. Slice along the edges to form a rectangle, so all the colors line up.

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Begin with the shorter edge and loosely roll. The dough may crack a little, and this means you're rolling too tight or too slow :) Keep going! Repeat the last two steps with the remaining dough. Wrap in the parchment paper and refrigerate for an hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking sheets. Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll it on the counter to make the logs as circular as possible. Using floss, slice the cookies-- they should be about 1/4 inch. Bake 10-11 minutes.

Cool and enjoy!

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Comments: 7

  1. Kim Jul 02 at 9:08 am Reply

    Totally eating these for breakfast right now. They are amazing! Not too sweet, just sweet enough with a great crisp and beautiful colors. Perfect with my morning coffee. Thanks so much for sending them my way!

  2. Jenny D Jul 02 at 10:15 am Reply

    These are so cute – what a great idea! They at perfectly festive :).

  3. Faye Jul 02 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I suck at making pinwheel cookies. These look great! So festive for the 4th!!

  4. Shaina Wizov Jul 02 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Perfect Fourth of July treat!!

  5. Ginger Stark Jul 02 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Adorable- perfect for the 4th!

  6. Maria Jul 02 at 7:34 pm Reply

    These look so good! And perfect for the 4th!

  7. Hetal Jul 03 at 1:21 am Reply

    aww these are too cute! so festive!

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