Recipe: Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Hi guys.

Sorry about the lack of updates and the lack of recipes on the blog! It’s been a crazy month, ever since my cousin’s wedding finished, especially with Ramadan. I want to post stuff, but with work and family gatherings and fasting, I don’t get as much done as I want to.

Originally, I had thought that I’d be postingย more recipes during Ramadan, since I love experimenting with cooking. But instead, I didn’t end up posting any (except for this).

Last year I didn’t really know about the rules of photography and would take horrible, dark pictures of my food nearย iftar time (around sunset time) and then post them on here. But after learning that natural lighting is the best, I realised that since I made all my goodies at night, close to sunset time, there was no way I could photograph them and post them at all.

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

But I have a whole host of yummy recipes that I just can’t wait to share with you all! All of them are savoury recipes, so I’m excited to expand that part of the blog.

And now to these cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made these for a friend’sย iftar party last week, and snapped a few shots in the daytime, before I went over to her house.

For those of you who’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ll remember that the first recipe I ever posted on here was of my favourite Sugar Cookie Recipe. When I saw this pinย on Pinterest, I decided I wanted to try and make my sugar cookies in a different way. Which led to this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Instead of using cookie cutters, all you do is divide the dough into two separate bowls and to use food colouring on one (or both) of the doughs. Then you just roll them out evenly, cut into identical rectangles, and roll into a log. Then you just slice them and bake them!

Using cookie cutters can get a bit tedious with sugar cookies, so I liked the method of just slicing the log and ending up with a pretty pinwheel pattern at the end of it.

Anyways, here’s the recipe…enjoy!

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • ยพ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ยผ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk (again, depending on the consistency of the dough, I add more so its less dry)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Beat softened butter on high speed in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt, when the butter has been whipped.Add egg, milk, and vanilla.
  2. Slowly, add half a cup of flour until it's completely incorporated. Divide dough into two bowls, and add food colouring to one bowl. Mix well and refrigerate both bowls of dough for an hour.
  3. With a rolling pin, roll out both chunks of dough. Using a knife, cut into identical rectangles. Brush a bit of water onto the coloured chunk of dough and place the uncoloured dough on top of it. Roll tightly and wrap with cling wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and start cutting thin slices of the rolled up dough. Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 7 to 8 mins.
  5. Let cool completely before enjoying. Store in an airtight container.

Original recipe by Ikhlas Hussain. Method inspired by Salt Tree.

I didn’t end up making frosting for these cookies, but you’re welcome to if you want to. Instead, I dusted them with a sprinkling of icing sugar. ๐Ÿ™‚

Buttery and light, I absolutely love these thin sugar cookies! Whether they’re covered with butter icing and sprinkles, or eaten plain with icing sugar, they’re sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

The pinwheel effect was also really fun to do; I can definitely see myself using different colour schemes for different occasions!

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

So if you’re looking for a sugar cookie recipe that’s basic and easy, and uses ingredients you probably already have at home, look no further. It’s a basic recipe that you can adapt and change, and one that has never let me done. So I hope you try it out!

Thanks for reading,


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