Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies Perfect Holiday Platter Dessert

by Jennifer
36 servings
1 hr 40 min

Tiny, crunchy and infused with a perfect amount of peppermint, these Peppermint Pinwheel cookies are a slice and bake cookie, rolled in sanding sugar or non-pareils and baked.

These are a perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters and boxes.

Have a ruler handy because you'll be rolling out each color of dough into a rectangle.

I used plain and red dough but you could add a layer of green dough to make these cookies look even more festive--however you'll need to double the amount of dough you make.

Use parchment paper while rolling out the dough and be sure to chill the dough for at least a couple of hours to reduce stickiness.

Also, if the dough gets too warm, it will be difficult to manage. Pop the dough back into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

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Peppermint Pinwheel cookies are one of the most festive holiday infused cookies you can make this season. Put a dozen or so in pretty Christmas packaging and tie up with a bow. icon

Use whatever brightly colored sanding sugar you have on hand. Just because you're making these Peppermint Pinwheel cookies for Christmas, doesn't mean you have to use red or green sanding sugar!

If you don't want to use sanding sugar, or you've run out, you can roll these Peppermint Pinwheel cookies in plain granulated sugar or non-pareils!

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies Perfect Holiday Platter Dessert
Recipe details
  • 36  servings
  • Prep time: 90 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 40 min
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  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp red liquid food coloring
Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a silpat if you prefer.
Gather dry ingredients: flour through salt
Make sure you've got peppermint extract and red food coloring in the house.
Make the Dough:
Cream butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl until fluffy, about three minutes.
Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula so you don't have any unbeaten butter clumps.
Add egg yolk, vanilla and peppermint extracts and beat another minute to combine.
Add dry ingredients. Mix until flour is just combined otherwise you'll have a tough cookie.
Divide dough in half.
Leave the half the dough in the mixing bowl. Add red food coloring or whatever color you want to use and beat until there are no more vanilla dough-colored streaks left.
Prepare dough for chilling:
Flatten each dough into a rectangle. Wrap in plastic wrap. Put in fridge for at least two hours. The thickness of the rectangle really doesn't matter at this point. You're just making it easier to roll out after the dough is done chilling.
Bake the Dough:
When you're ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees f.
Place a piece of parchment paper on your work surface to make rolling out the dough easier.
Roll each rectangle to about a quarter inch thick.
Place one rectangle of dough on top of the other. Push down firmly.
Slice any uneven edges you might have.
Starting at one edge--either short or long--I recommend a short edge, roll dough into a cylinder shape.
Pour a quarter cup or so of the sanding sugar onto the parchment paper and roll the dough cylinder into the sugar.
If you're having trouble getting the sugar to stick. You can dampen a paper towel with water to moisten the dough with.
Using a sharp knife, slice dough into quarter slices and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
These cookies do not spread the way drop cookies spread so you should be able to bake many more than a dozen at a time.I used a half-sheet pan and baked at least 24 at a time.
Cool the Cookies:
Bake for 10 minutes at 350.
Let cool for two minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Chilling this dough is paramount so that you're able to roll out it without a minimum of sticking.
  • Use parchment paper when you're rolling it out.
  • The thickness of the dough rectangles don't matter when you're first putting the dough in the fridge to chill.. You're just making it easier to roll out after the dough is done chilling.
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