There are few desserts I like more than a sugar cookie. Especially one that is soft and chewy with just a touch of crispness on the edges. Now I’ve made pinwheel cookies before at the holidays- green and white with sprinkles, red and white with sprinkles… but I had never tried a tri-color version before. But with a daughter who is obsessed with all things pink, not to mention the holiday of love- Valentine’s Day- approaching, I thought it would be fun to try a swirl cookie with three shades of pink! So this weekend, the kids and I made these sweet pink ombre swirl cookies!
They aren’t hard to make… they just take a few extra steps in the dough making process. But compared to cut-out cookies that need to be rolled, cut, baked, and then iced- these are way easier!
Once you have mixed together the cookie dough, you simply divide it into 3 equal(ish) pieces, and then work in your gel coloring to achieve three different levels of pink. Then pat the dough into a rectangular shape and chill. Next you’ll want t roll your dough into long rectangles of roughly equal length- about 1/4″ thick. Place the dough layers on top of each other. Then roll them again to even the colors to the edges.
Beginning on the far end, roll the dough towards you as tightly as possible. Feel free to use generous amounts of powdered sugar (not flour!) to keep the dough from sticking to your surface.
Pour a generous amount of sprinkles into a rimmed baking sheet, and press the dough roll into the sprinkles to get them to adhere. Wrap the roll in waxed paper and chill for 30-45 minutes.
Slice dough in 3/4″ slices and bake.
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons milk
- red gel food coloring
- powdered sugar (to prevent the dough from sticking)
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aide.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix. Add in the flour mixture in batches, beating until just combined.
- Divide the dough into 3 equal sized balls, and tint each with the gel food coloring- creating three different variations on pink- from light to dark. Shape each ball into a rectangle and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll each color into a long rectangle of similar size- about 1/4" thick. Layer the three colors of dough from dark to light, and then roll the top layer to flatten the layered dough and spread the colors to the edges.
- Begin with one long side and gently roll up the dough to create a log. Roll the log in sprinkles to cover. Chill each log 35-40 minutes before slicing in 3/4" thick slices.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until set.
My kids were thrilled! The only challenge is convincing everyone that they are not breakfast food!