Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Create a fun red, white, and blue treat with this Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Recipe.

Whether you’re throwing your own party or bringing a dessert to a potluck, these yummy Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies are sure to be the hit of your 4th of July or Memorial Day party.

They look complicated to everyone else, but you know that really it was just a matter of dyeing the colors and rolling them out separately to create the colorful effect.  Plus, you can adapt the colors for any special occasion (like a graduation, game party, and more) with little effort.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 5 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ C soft unsalted butter
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Red & Blue gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add all 4 eggs at one time...Continue to mix.
  3. Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  6. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  7. Divide your batter into thirds.
  8. Place in separate bowls.
  9. In bowl #1 add red gel food coloring. Using your hands to knead the dough to make sure the color is even throughout.
  10. In bowl#2 add the blue gel food coloring. Using your hands to knead the dough to make sure the color is even throughout.
  11. In bowl #3 the color remains as it is.
  12. Remove each of the balls of colored dough from their bowls and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  13. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour or over night.
  14. Remove from the refrigerator.
  15. Select your main color which will be the outside roll of the pinwheel.
  16. Flour 3 cutting boards and rolling pin.
  17. Taking your primary colored chilled dough and cover it with flour.. Using your rolling pin flatten (roll) out that dough. Leave on that cutting board.
  18. Taking your secondary colored dough and cover it with flour... Using your rolling pin flatten (roll) out that dough.
  19. Taking your third dough out (white) and cover it with flour... Using your rolling pin flatten (roll) out that dough.
  20. Using a metal spatula to lift up the #3 (white) rolled out dough.
  21. Lay that batter on the top of your primary dough. (Red)
  22. Using a metal spatula to lift up the #2 (blue) rolled out dough.
  23. Lay that dough( blue) on the top of the white dough.
  24. Using your rolling pin roll the two together... Cut away any extra chilled dough.
  25. Roll the combined chilled dough into one log.
  26. Wrap this log with plastic wrap closing both ends.
  27. Place in your freezer for about one hour.
  28. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  29. Take out of your freezer and remove the plastic wrap, cutting the dough into 2 inch pieces, keeping the shape of a circle. (If the come loose then put your finger in a cup of water to use as paste to "glue" the cookie back together.
  30. Place the cut slices on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  31. Bake at the 350 degrees for 18- 20 more minutes or until they are slightly brown on the bottom.

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