Christmas Spiral Cookies

Christmas Spiral Cookies

I’m going to my first Christmas Cookie Party ever today! Of course I went a little overboard and I’m bringing four different kinds of cookies. I think cookies are the best part of Christmas. My mom always made dozens of Christmas cookies after Thanksgiving that kept us going until January.

Christmas Spiral Cookies

I made homemade slice and bake sugar cookies. They are pretty easy and look really impressive. I made a red creme de menthe swirl and rolled them in green sanding sugar.
Christmas Spiral Cookies

I am definitely going to make these cookies again and switch up the flavor and color scheme. I split making these cookies over two days. I made the dough and the cookie log one evening and sliced and baked it the next morning.


Christmas Spiral Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen


2 cups + 2 tbs plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup unsifted powdered sugar

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp peppermint extract (I used a dram of Lorann Creme de Menthe flavoring)

red gel food color

1 1/2 cups sanding sugar


  1. Whisk the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt and icing sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the butter and with a pastry blender mix until fine crumbs form. Add the vanilla and mix with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
  3. Split the dough in half (I used a scale to make sure they were equal). In one half add the peppermint and red color. Also add the extra 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until a red dough ball forms.
  4. Roll out the dough into a rectangle one layer at a time, between two sheets of parchment paper. It should be 11 x 8 and be about 1/8 of an inch thick (each color of dough rolled and stored separately between 2 layers of parchment)
  5. 5. Place the rolled out dough (still between the sheets of parchment) on to a baking tray and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum.
  6. Flip the red layer on top of the vanilla layer and gently press the two together with a rolling pin. Trim the sides (save the scraps for tasters to bake later).
  7. Gently roll the dough like a log. It should be tight so no air gets in. If it starts to crack use your fingers to rub it back together (my first roll cracked a lot but rolled easy after that). I trimmed the edges of my log.
  8. Pour the sprinkles into a long pan. Gently brush the outside of the log with a small amount of water and then roll the log all over so it's covered in sprinkles. Wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F/160 C and unwrap the cookie log. Slice 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices and place on a parchment lined or non stick baking tray and bake for 15-17 minutes until the vanilla part turns golden brown.
  10. Place on a cooling rack to completely cool and store in an airtight container.

adapted from Sprinkle Bakes 


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  1. They look great. Sometime i may give them a go. Merry Christmas :)

  2. These are amazing! I did the same thing for candy cane cupcakes but never thought to make them in a pinwheel cookie. Where did you get the green sanding sugar from?

    • I’m pretty sure I bought them at Hobby Lobby in the US. I don’t think I’ve ever seen big bottles of it here.

      • You can roll them in any kind of sprinkle though not just sanding sugar.

        • Thanks! I really like how you’ve made them and the sanding sugar looks great. I am stocking up on sanding sugar when I go to US next year!

  3. How cute! They look really pretty on the Santa plate.

  4. Wow seriously these look amazing!! These are going on my to-try list!

    I am having a holiday link-up for recipes/decor ideas and I’d love for you to join! You can link as many recipes as you’d like and I know you have a lot!! :-)

    Merry Christmas!! :-)

  5. These are too cute! Go you!

  6. Yum. I will have to find time to bake some cookies.

  7. That;s the most beautiful cookies I have EVER seen, if they tasted as good as they looked then your cookie party members must have been in heaven!

  8. I love the Santa plate!!! And they’re such pretty spiral cookies :)

  9. Esto se ve estupendo, una receta estupendo!!
    Saludos Da & Mer


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