Swirled Cookies

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 21 minutes

These beautiful Swirled Cookies are so easy make they start with tubed cookie dough. Make them for Christmas time or Valentines Day.

A platter of the swirl cookies with more on a cooling rack.

Swirled Spiral Cookies are so easy to make as they start with a tube cookies dough, making this cookies foolproof. In just a few simple steps you can make these gorgeous cookies that will impress anyone.

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What We Love About This Recipe

  • Easy Ingredients: All you need is a handful of ingredients starting with pre-made cookie dough.
  • Family Friendly: Your kids will love these adorable and tasty treats.
  • Adaptable: Use whatever color scheme you’d like.
Adorable swirl cookies.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ready-Made Cookie Dough: Pillsbury Sugar Cookie ready-made tubes of dough or any store brand you can find.
  • Sprinkles: Red, pink and white nonpareils or any cute ones you like. Including Sugar Free.
  • Liquid Red Food Coloring: McCormick liquid dye. Gel food dye can also be used.
Food coloring for cookies.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Spiral Cookies

These are the basic steps for making Swirl Cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and daily values nutrition information.

STEP 1: DYE ONE TUBE

Place one tube of room temperature cookie dough in a large bowl along with red food dye. Use your hands or a mixer to incorporate the food coloring. Continue to add coloring as needed until you reach your desired shade.

STEP 2: MAKE THE SWIRLS

Using parchment paper you will want to lay both colors of cookie dough and use the parchment paper to help you roll it together to create the swirls by forming back into a dough log.

STEP 3: COVER IN SPRINKLES

On baking sheet pour out sprinkles and roll/press the sprinkles all around the outer edges of the cookie dough. Wrap the cooking dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

STEP 4: CUT AND BAKE COOKIES

After your cookie dough has chilled in the fridge, use a sharp knife cut into slice about 1/4″ thick. Add cookies slices to an un-greased cooking sheet and bake for 11-14 minutes until the edges are golden. Allow to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transfers to a wire rack.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Follow the instructions as usual, I recommend make these 1-2 days prior.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Once cool, store swirled cookies in a storage bag or covered container at room temperature up to 5 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze swirled spiral cookies in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for up to 8 months. Allow cookies to thaw completely before eating for optimum texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE

Make this recipe gluten-free by using a pre-made cookie dough replace or make your own from scratch.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GREEN IN PLACE OF RED?

Make these cookies green food coloring or blue swirls simply by switching the red food dye for a different color.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Easily double or half this recipe, to double in crease proportionally and to decrease use one tube of dough split in. half evenly and leave on side as it one half with the food dye.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN SUGAR COOKIES?

Sugar cookies if you are making them from scratch typically contain vanilla extract, egg, butter, salt, flour, baking soda, and occasionally brown sugar.

Cookies and milk.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Easy double this recipe by increasing the ingredients proportionally. Cook in batches.
  • Pre-slice if Freezing: You can freeze the raw dough to always have cookies on hand whenever a craving hits. Cut into slices and freeze. No feed to law thaw, bake directly from freezer.
  • Store with Bread Slice: To keep those cookies fully fresh for 5 days, store with a slice of bread as it will ensure the cookies stay moist. Trust me this hack is a serious game changer for almost all of your cookies recipes.
  • Chocolate: Make this recipe with chocolatey twist, add cocoa powder to one tube to make chocolate dough and coat the mixture with chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
  • Green Food Coloring: For a fun twist use green and red for a portion of dough.
  • Different Flavors: Make with peanut butter cookie dough for great peanut butter cookies or even chocolate cookie dough.

What to Serve with Swirled Cookies

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A platter of the swirl cookies with more on a cooling rack.
5 from 1 vote

Swirled Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 21 minutes
These beautiful Swirled Cookies are so easy make they start with tubed cookie dough. Make them for Christmas time or Valentines Day.
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Ingredients

  • 2 rolls ready-made sugar cookie dough, divided
  • 1 cup sprinkles of your choice, red, pink and white nonpareils used
  • Red liquid food dye
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Allow the cookie dough rolls to come to room temperature. Place 1 roll of ready-made cookie dough in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of food dye to the cookie dough. Blend by hand or with a hand mixer until the color is evenly mixed in. If a darker color is desired add several drops in and mix. Continue to do this until the cookie dough reaches the desired color.
  • Place a roll of cookie dough on a piece of parchment paper, sprinkle lightly with flour to make the parchment easier to remove, cover with another piece of parchment and roll until about ½ an inch thick.
  • Repeat this process with the colored cookie dough.
  • Peel back the top parchment on both rolled cookie doughs. Place the uncolored dough on top of the pink dough. Starting on one end, use the parchment paper to guide the dough as you begin to roll it.
  • Place the roll of dough into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to make it easier to handle in the next step.
  • On a large baking sheet, one with an edge, evenly spread the sprinkles out.
  • Place the cookie dough on the baking sheet and roll/press sprinkles all over the cookie dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the roll of cookie dough into slices ¼ inches thick.
  • Place sliced cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 11-14 minutes or until the edges/cookies are light golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Easy double this recipe by increasing the ingredients proportionally. Cook in batches.
  • Pre-slice if Freezing: You can freeze the raw dough to always have cookies on hand whenever a craving hits. Cut into slices and freeze. No feed to law thaw, bake directly from freezer.
  • Store with Bread Slice: To keep those cookies fully fresh for 5 days, store with a slice of bread as it will ensure the cookies stay moist. Trust me this hack is a serious game changer for almost all of your cookies recipes.
  • Chocolate: Make this recipe with chocolatey twist, add cocoa powder to one tube to make chocolate dough and coat the mixture with chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cookies, dessert, sugar cookies, Valentines Day

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