Patriotic Pinwheel and Star Cookies – one sugar cookie dough with three colors to make your Patriotic celebration colorful and festive!
It’s almost the 4th of July!!
I made these cookies 5 years ago and I can’t believe it’s been that long. The original post with those funny looking pictures can be found here.
So, I decided to do them again, rename them, take some more recent (if not slightly better) pictures and present them to everyone on a Facebook LIVE video (which I’ll add tomorrow). You’ll notice that the original recipe I made were for White Chocolate Pinwheels, but since I really couldn’t taste the white chocolate in them, I opted to leave it out in this recipe.
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These cookies are easier than they look and I actually enjoyed making the stars more than the pinwheels. I had some leftover scraps after I cut away the dough to even out the pinwheels and of course, couldn’t let things go to waste.
I rolled the small pieces together and then used the star cookie cutter I had to make the shapes. They turned out pretty cute and they’re definitely saying red, white and blue!
Patriotic Pinwheels and Star Cookies
- 3 ¾ cups sifted flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- red food coloring
- blue food coloring
- Sift flour with baking powder and salt and set aside.
- Cream butter, sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and one egg and beat well.
- Add the second egg and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Slowly add in flour mixture until just blended on lowest speed.
- Divide the dough into thirds and place into bowls.
- Leave one bowl with white dough.
- In another bowl, add blue food coloring to the dough to reach the desired amount of color. Blend in with a rubber spatula by folding the dough over itself. I actually found it was easiest to use a rubber glove and mix the food coloring in with my hand.
- In the third bowl, add red food coloring and blend with rubber spatula until desired color is reached.
- Wrap doughs separately in plastic wrap and gently pat into small rectangles as it will be easier to roll out later. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.
- Remove from red dough from refrigerator and cut in half. Place one half back in refrigerator and roll the other on a well floured surface into a 6 X 10-inch rectangle with ¼-inch thickness.
- Repeat process with the white and blue doughs.
- Using two spatulas, gently lift white dough and place it onto the red dough or place it onto the blue depending how you want the color order to go.
- Again using the two spatulas, place blue dough onto the white (or red dough onto the white if you have reversed the order).
- Roll the three doughs out into a larger rectangle so that it is ¼-inch in thickness. Again, I cannot tell you what size mine was, but you’ll notice I had to be careful of it falling off the edge of the counter on the right.
- With a sharp knife, cut away the edges so that all four sides are even.
- At this point, it is easiest to divide the dough in half and roll as the logs could become really long.
- Roll dough up jelly-roll style from the long side.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and place on a cookie sheet to refrigerate for ½ hour.
- Preheat oven to 375ºF, and lightly butter two cookie sheets.
- Remove remaining dough halves from refrigerator and repeat rolling, stacking, and rolling process.
- Roll dough up jelly-roll style from the long side and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate for ½ hour.
- Remove chilled dough from refrigerator and unwrap.
- Slice ¼-inch thick and place on prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart as they will expand during baking.
To make the Star Cookies
- Gently place the scraps of dough together and roll on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick. Using a star cookie cutter, make the cookies and transfer to a lightly buttered baking sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies barely show a print when lightly pressed.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
If you like these Patriotic Pinwheels and Star Cookies then take a look at these other festive recipes to help you celebrate the 4th…
Please have a very safe and happy 4th of July!