2020 is the perfect year to dig deep and put all your patriotism into baking – no excuses this July 4th!
These red, white, and blue pinwheel cookies are the perfect place to start.
We will preface by saying they look A LOT more impressive than they really are. It’s one batch of dough, divided in three and mixed with food coloring. That’s it.
More importantly we’ve got you covered with step by step photos. You’ve got this!
Here’s how it goes…
Step One: Make the Dough
The beauty of this recipe is that you can pull out your favorite vanilla cookie dough recipe and use it to make these pinwheels.
Our favorite recipe to use is: Savta’s Parve Vanilla Cookies.
Step Two: Divide and Color
Once your dough is ready, divide into three equal parts. We recommend placing each portion of dough into a separate bowl for coloring.
Using only a few droplets of food coloring, color one portion red and one blue, leaving one plain.
Step Three: Chill the Dough
Tightly wrap the three portions of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once chilled, the dough will be easier to deal with. This will also ensure the colors don’t bleed into each other.
Step Four: Roll the Dough
Roll each color of dough into a nice 12-inch square. Don’t worry if they don’t come out perfectly the same; once layered, you can take a knife and even out the sides.
Step Five: Stack the Colored Dough
Choosing an order that you like, layer each of the doughs one on top of the other, gently pressing the layers together.
Step Six: Roll It
Roll the layers up as tight as possible, to ensure that there are no gaps.
Step Seven: Chill Again
Once the dough has been rolled up, tightly wrap it again in plastic wrap and refrigerate for another 30 minutes. You can make this dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to slice and bake.
Step Eight: Slice and Bake
Remove the dough from the plastic wrap. Using a cookie cutter, slice the log in even pieces.
Step Nine: Roll in Sprinkles
This step is all about taking things to the next level. Once you have sliced your dough, dip the edges into egg and roll in sprinkles. It just adds to the fun, especially if you are using this as a baking activity with your kids.
Step Ten: Bake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pinwheels on a cookie tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Tada, look at you, not only did you just bake for the 4th of July, but you made professional-looking pinwheels that taste like your favorite cookie recipe. This is what we call a win in 2020.