Christmas Swirl Cookies - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith


These whimsical cookies definitely shout Christmas!

Wow Santa with these on Christmas Eve. Don't forget to leave him a glass of milk or a cup of hot chocolate.

If you'd prefer chocolate, add cocoa to some of the dough in place of the food coloring.

Hope you enjoy!!

★★★★★ 4 votes
Makes about 4 dozen
20 Min
15 Min


3 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
baking powder
1 1/2 c
unsalted butter, softened
1 c
confectioners' sugar
2/3 c
1 Tbsp
red and green food coloring, i use gel
1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder (this is optional if you want a chocolate swirl instead of a colored swirl)
christmas sprinkles

How to Make Christmas Swirl Cookies - Dee Dee's


  • 1In a batter bowl or a bowl of your liking, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
  • 2In a large mixer bowl using paddle; cream the butter until it's smooth; stir in the sugars and vanilla extract until they're evenly blended.
  • 3Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture one third at a time, mixing well after each addition, until the dough is evenly blended.
  • 4Divide cookie dough in to 4 equal pieces. Take 2 pieces and incorporate the food coloring of choice into each piece or add cocoa to one or both pieces. Don't add both! NOTE: I will be making 1 green and 1 red piece to go with the 2 vanilla pieces.
  • 5Place each quarter piece on a large piece of plastic wrap, pat it into a 1/2-inch-thick square, and then wrap it in the plastic. Refrigerate the 4 squares until firm, about 1 to 2 hours.
  • 6Unwrap one piece of the chilled vanilla dough, leaving it on the plastic. Cover it with a second piece of plastic wrap, then roll it into a rectangle measuring about 9 by 7 inches. If the dough gets too soft and difficult to roll, slide it onto a baking sheet and refrigerate it until it's firm again, about 5 to 10 minutes. Unwrap a piece of the colored dough, cover it with another piece of plastic, and roll it into an 8- by 7-inch rectangle.
  • 7Remove the top piece of plastic wrap from both rolled doughs and invert the colored dough on top of the vanilla dough, lining up 3 sides and leaving about 1 inch of vanilla dough exposed on one side. Starting at the opposite side, lift the vanilla dough by the plastic wrap underneath it and snugly roll up both layers into a log, peeling away the plastic wrap as you go. Gently roll in sprinkles coating log. Wrap the log in the plastic and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. Repeat the process with the 2 other pieces of dough.
  • 8Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap one of the logs and slice it into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Arrange the slices on the parchment about 1 inch apart and bake for about 13 minutes. The cookies will still be a little soft to the touch.

    NOTE: They will have a better texture if you don't allow the edges brown.
  • 9Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet; transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

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About Christmas Swirl Cookies - Dee Dee's

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American