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Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies

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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. 

Pinwheel Cookies

Hi Friends!

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.

4rh of July Pinwheel Cookies

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.


Basically, once you make the dough, you will need to split the dough into three and add food coloring to two of them.

patriotic pinwheel cookies

When rolling each of the doughs into a rectangle, I suggest keeping it on wax paper for ease of transferring.

Rolled doughs flat

Layer each color on top of one another.

Layer Dough

Starting at one end, roll up the three layers.

Roll dough

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 1/4 inch slices.

Bake 9-11 minutes until lightly golden.

Cool before removing from sheet.

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Pinwheel cookies


Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 sticks butter softened (1 1/4 cups)

1 cup brown sugar

2/3 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.

Red white Blue Pinwheel cookies

More 4th of July Desserts

Fourth of July Cupcakes

4th Of July Dessert Pretzels


Strawberry and Berry No Churn Ice Cream


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How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Do you watch fireworks?

These patriotic pinwheel cookies are fun to make and are a nice treat for Memorial Day or 4th of July!




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Brittanie @Simplistically Living

Monday 25th of May 2015

Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker

Sunday 30th of June 2013

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!


Sunday 30th of June 2013

Thank you Karyn!

Susan D

Sunday 30th of June 2013

These look awesome! I would love if you came over to my Sunday Funday Linky party and shared them!

Susan @ Adventures in my Kitchen