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Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level with these rainbow spiral cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture. One bite and you are going to have a new favorite cookie.

Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level and, with one bite, meet your new favorite cookie.

Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level with these rainbow spiral cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture. One bite and you are going to have a new favorite cookie.

I know these may seem a little intimidating, but the method used makes these rainbow swirl cookies surprisingly simple to make.

When you are looking for a cookie that is a bit different, you have to try these rainbow sugar cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture.

Some days you just need to make your own rainbows. Doing both e-learning and work from home has had me super-stressed out these last few weeks. These rainbow cookies brought a smile to my face!

When you want a cookie that not only looks good but tastes amazing, this is the cookie you want. With a fun rainbow look, these cookies can be used to celebrate spring or just because you want something that looks a bit festive.

Make a day of it! Check out these colorful activities to go with your rainbow cookies:

Variations

I like to change the color scheme to suit the occasion, then add a spice or flavor that would complement those colors. For instance, I would go with red, white, and pink gels for Valentine’s Day but add a hint of cinnamon to mimic those cinnamon hearts I used to get in school come mid-February. For St. Patrick’s Day, you could go with shades of green and peppermint extract. The peppermint extract could also be used with a red, white, and green palette for Christmas. Other combos include lemon zest and juice, along with yellow gel; instant espresso powder and chocolate dough for a decadent treat; or crushed almonds and almond extract.

Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Baking Time: 9 minutes

Yields: 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks or 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar or flour, for rolling
  • gel food coloring
Rainbow Swirl Cookies ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies in process
  • Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
  • Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Divide into 6 equal parts.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies in process. Rolling colored dough into balls.
  • Add food coloring to each portion of dough and return to the mixer until completely blended. Repeat with each color.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies in process rolling out dough balls.
  • Flatten each color of cookie dough into a rectangle shape and layer onto one another, creating a stack of cookie dough. Press together with a rolling pin and flatten to about ¼- to ½-inch thickness.
  • Starting on the largest side, roll the cookie dough into a tube (like a jelly roll) pressing any cracks to keep the roll tight.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies in process forming log
  • Slice into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies in process slice and bake
  • Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.
Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level with these rainbow spiral cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture. One bite and you are going to have a new favorite cookie.

FAQs

How do I prevent my cookies from being too dry?

Overbaking is the usual culprit for dry cookies. The key is to take them out moments before they start to brown. You can add moisture to the dough, if you like, in the form of a tablespoon of milk, cream, or sour cream, though it might affect the taste. If time allows, you might want to chill the dough for at least an hour. This way, it won’t spread out too much in the oven and will avoid becoming thin and brittle. Last, don’t overmix. The more you handle the dough, the tougher and drier it will become.

Can I use liquid food coloring instead of gel?

Yes, you can, though gel results in more vibrant colors without having to add a lot of liquid to your dough. It also seems more stable and less likely to affect the texture. That said, liquid food coloring is easier to find and is more forgiving if you add too much. This is of particular note if you are working with kids.

Can I use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour?

I don’t recommend using any other flour than all-purpose. Cake flour has a lower protein content and can result in crumbly cookies.

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How To Store Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled you will want to move them to an airtight container. I recommend placing a piece of parchment paper between layers. This keeps the cookies from sticking to each other when they are stacked.

Most cookies that are stored properly will last up to 2 weeks. If the cookies will not be eaten before they go bad, you can move them to a freezer inside a freezer-safe bag. The cookies should last up to 3 months in the freezer. I like to store them in smaller amounts so that I can take a few cookies out at a time.

Rainbow Swirl Cookies ready to eat
Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level with these rainbow spiral cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture. One bite and you are going to have a new favorite cookie.

Rainbow Swirl Cookies

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Rainbow Swirl Cookies, also known as pinwheel cookies, are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Take your sugar cookies to a whole new level with these rainbow spiral cookies. These cookies are a beautiful with a crunchy chewy texture. One bite and you are going to have a new favorite cookie.
4.37 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
  • Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Divide into 6 equal parts.
  • Add food coloring to each portion of dough and return to the mixer until completely blended. Repeat with each color.
  • Flatten each color of cookie dough into a rectangle shape and layer onto one another, creating a stack of cookie dough. Press together with a rolling pin and flatten to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness.
  • Starting on the largest side, roll the cookie dough into a tube (like a jelly roll) pressing any cracks to keep the roll tight.
  • Slice into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking to each other.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 12IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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