Valentine’s Pinwheel cookies are a simple sugar cookie dough made into two colors so you can swirl them together into a fun pink and white cookie!
But then the best part is you can save this rolled dough in the fridge for a couple hours or a couple days to slice the cookies up for whenever you are ready to bake and eat them.
I changed our basic sugar cookie recipe just a little bit to make the cookies a little flatter so that they would keep their pretty shape and colors.
These cookies are great because you can make them in any variety of color options to celebrate any holiday. I really love these red and white cookies for Valentine’s day.
However, if you are like my husband, he thinks sugar cookies need to have frosting. So you can whip up some frosting to cover your pretty pinwheel cookies, however if you do that you won’t see the pretty pinwheels as much, but the cookies will taste a little sweeter. I personally think they taste good without frosting as well.
Valentine's Pinwheel Cookies
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks, softened)
- 1⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- red food coloring
- Cream together your butter and sugar until well mixed in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in your egg, vanilla and milk and stir to combine.
- Dump in your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.
- Separate your dough into 2 equal parts.
- Return 1 part of your dough into your large bowl. Add in drops of red food coloring and mix until desired color is reached.
- Roll each of your dough parts out on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a long rectangle, about ¼ inch thick.
- Take one of the dough parts and place it on top of the other. Cut edges to make them the same size.
- Roll parts up together like a cinnamon roll.
- Press final edge into the roll to seal.
- Wrap with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours up to a few days.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut dough off of log into about ¼ inch slices.
- Place cookies a couple inches apart on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until edges of cookie start to turn golden.
- Transfer cookies to cookie rack to cool.
Enjoy these cookies plain or topped with a simple vanilla frosting to celebrate Valentine’s day!
For other Valentine dessert ideas, try these:
Mary Ann says
How many pinwheel cookies can you get from the recipe?
Depends how thin you slice them? Maybe 20? I don’t remember
Ashlee Prisbrey says
these look perfect!!!
I always wondered how to make these!
Jesseca Hallows says
I agree with yvonne! They look perfect! I have a hard time rolling mine without any air pockets!
Holy cow – those are so perfect and look SO delicious! Pinning!