Christmas Swirl Cookies

Adapted from Whoville Cookies

These are a vibrant and eye catching cookie that is perfect to make your cookie plate really stand out. It also helps that they are crispy and an absolutely delicious butter cookie. They also happen to be a slice and bake cookie, which given the craziness of the holidays, it’s nice to have a cookie that is not too labor intensive.

Tips and Suggestions:

While you may be time crunched to make these, don’t skip the minutes of refrigerating. The dough needs to stay cold so that it will be shaped easily. If it gets too warm, it will be very hard to work with, spread too much on the cookie sheets and you won’t have pretty looking cookies. Make sure to use gel food coloring and not the liquid food coloring. With the gel a little really goes a long wag. In order to reach that true red and green, the liquid food coloring would alter the composition of the dough too much and make it impossible to work with.

These cookies could easily be made with any other colors you desire. Some ideas: High school colors for a graduation party, team colors for a tailgate party, pink and red for Valentine’s, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s the dough ready to be colored:

And here’s the Green:

And the Red:

Roll each color out separately between layers of parchment paper. Here’s the green fully rolled out:

Here’s the red and green dough ready to be sandwiches together:

The dough all rolled up into a log:

Dough covered in sprinkles and you can see the swirl pattern:

All ready to go in the oven:

Christmas Swirl Cookies

Recipe by greatestfeastsDifficulty: Easy


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Red and Green Swirl Christmas Cookies


  • 1 cup Butter

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • Red and Green Gel Food Coloring

  • 1 cup Sprinkles (I prefer non-pareils (the small spheres), but you can use jimmies(the tube shaped ones)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla until fully combined.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until fully combined.
  • Separate the dough in half and using gel food coloring, tint one half red and one half green, to desired shades.
  • Roll each half out separately between sheets of parchment paper. Each should be about 10 inches by 9 inches and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 10 minutes or overnight.
  • After chilling, remove top layer of parchment paper and sprinkle very lightly with water (this will help dough stick to each other). Flip one layer of dough on top of the other and lightly press together.
  • Using the parchment paper to help, slowly roll up the dough like a jelly roll. Try to keep dough relatively tight so that there is no air gaps in the roll.
  • Pour sprinkles over dough roll and press lightly to fully adhere completely around the dough roll.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Remove from refrigerator and slice the dough into thin 1/4 inch slices.
  • Place slices on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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