“Peppermint Candy” Pinwheel Cookies

Peppermint flavored red and white sugar cookie dough is rolled together to form a jelly roll then sliced into 1/4 inch slices.  Baked to perfection and wrapped in individual cellophane twisted together on both ends forming a wrapped peppermint candy.



1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla

13/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 drop red food coloring gel – add more if desired


Cellophane wrap and twist ties


  1.  Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and extracts, beating until well blended.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to cream mixture, beating on low speed to blend.
  3. Divide dough in half equally.  Roll 1 portion of dough into a 12- 8-inch rectangle on a piece of floured plastic wrap or silpat baking mat.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, add red food gel to remaining dough kneading until combined and desired color. Roll this dough into 12×8-inch rectangle.
  5. Invert un tinted dough using plastic wrap as a guide over red tinted dough. Remove plastic wrap and roll doughs together to form a jelly roll shaped log. Roll into log starting on long side of dough. Wrap and freeze 3 hours or up to one month. 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside until oven is heated.
  2. Remove from freezer and plastic wrap, slice log into 1 /4-inch slices.  Place on baking sheet 2-inches apart.
  3. Bake at 350 for 7 minutes. Do not over brown.   Allow to cool on baking sheet up to 25 minutes.


  1. When ready to bake cookies, cut on both ends of log so you can see the swirl, press the cookie into a round shape if necessary to resemble a peppermint candy.
  2. Do not over bake the cookies. Cookie will continue bake after removing from oven.
  3. Allow to cool before removing from baking sheet for best results. They are soft cookies when warm but will harden up a bit after cooling.
  4. Recipe inspired by Southern Living December 08.

Keywords: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies, Christmas Cookie Recipe