These Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies are so festive and fun! There is nothing like a Red, White and Blue cookie to bring smiles to the barbecue! Independence day is coming quickly and today I wanted to share this fun recipe idea for some cookies I made a few years ago.
When I was little, all the families on our street used to bring out their lawn chairs and the packages of fireworks that we purchased from firework stands.
My favorite were the black snakes that used to make a mess and stain the concrete!
Now, every year we head over to a swimming and barbecue party that some friends of our host. This year I am thinking about taking some fun pinwheel cookies that I made by adapting my old chocolate pinwheel recipe.
These cookies take a few steps because you have to color the dough, but it really is easy once you have the dough ready to slice and bake.
How To Make Patriotic Cookies
The full recipe is below, but I want to show you some visual steps. Basically, once you make the dough, you will need to split the dough into three and add food coloring to two of them.
When rolling each of the doughs into a rectangle, I suggest keeping it on wax paper for ease of transferring.
Layer each color on top of one another.
Starting at one end, roll up the three layers.
Wrap spiral in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour, or two. You must not skip the chilling step because you need the dough to chill and adhere together.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Slice the rolled dough in ¼ inch slices.
Bake 9-11 minutes until lightly golden.
Cool before removing from sheet.
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Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Ingredients
- baking powder
- vanilla extract
- red food coloring
- blue food coloring
More 4th of July Desserts
Fourth of July Cupcakes
4th Of July Dessert Pretzels
Strawberry and Berry No Churn Ice Cream
How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Do you watch fireworks?
Red White and Blue Pinwheel Cookies
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 ½ sticks butter softened 1 ¼ cups
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- blue and red food coloring I used Americolor
- Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until combined.
- Slowly add flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Do not be afraid to use your hands to really get the dough blended.
- Split dough into thirds.
- Set one aside and separate the remaining two into separate bowls.
- Add red food coloring to one of the dough mixtures and use an electric mixer to adequately tint the dough.
- Repeat with the other third and blue food coloring.
- Roll out each color into a rectangle on wax paper as shown above.
- Layer the three colors of dough and refrigerate at least two hours.
- When ready, slice cookies and place on parchment paper on cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375 • for 9-11 minutes.
- Let cool completely before moving.
Carrie @ Chockababy
Ooh! These look so yummy! Thanks for the idea!
Thanks Carrie! I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂
Thank you Bethany! Your little booties are so cute!
My kids would love to make these!!
Thanks for your sweet comment Paula!
Great looking cookies! So festive!
Thank you Deb!
My daughter would really love these. And the fun parts of making them. She's obsessed with play-doh cookies. For the 4th, we haven't done much with such small children. This may be the first year we attempt fireworks but of course this either means a sitter for both kids, or one of us takes the older one and the other stays home with the baby. He can't keep his eyes open past 8:00 pm..
Oh how cute! I remember when the kids were little and the fireworks were so enchanting to them. Enjoy the time when they are small!
aha! I always wondered how the pinwheel designs were made.. it all makes sense to me now.. and I call myself a baker 😉 LOL
You are too funny Jamie! They are really fun to make!
Amy @ So There. by Amy
These are too cute!!
Thank you Amy! 🙂
These are so cute and clever! Perfect for a July 4th barbecue!
Thank you Laura for your sweet comment! 🙂
The Ninja Baker
Brilliant idea, Raquel. The red and blue are so vibrant, too. Suppose one could even add little red and blue sugar sparkles =)
P.s. Thank you for sharing your 4th of July traditions...Sounds so Norman Rockwellish and lovely!
Yes, the addition of sprinkles would look cool! Yes, I just wish I had more pictures from those times.
Those are pretty neat! I had no idea that it was a matter of layers. They look magical, really. LOL
Thank you Cyndi! They were fun to make!
These look awesome! I would love if you came over to my Sunday Funday Linky party and shared them!
Susan @ Adventures in my Kitchen
Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
what fun cookies! Perfect for the kids to help make this week! Pinned of course! Thanks so much for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I hope to see you again on Monday night!
Thank you Karyn!
Brittanie @Simplistically Living
Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!