Candy Corn Pinwheel Cookies

Candy Corn Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies are a festive twist on a favorite holiday candy. Although they are adorable, they are not made like a normal cookie. They take a bit of time and a lot of patience. 

Every autumn we inevitably end up with a bag of these and to be perfectly honest, none of us are very fond of them. But these cookies are nothing like that candies except in color. Similar to a sugar cookie, they are slightly more dense and are decorative without frosting.

Candy Corn Pinwheel Cookies

Servings 24 Cookies


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • Yellow and Orange food coloring


How To:

  1. Begin by creaming the butter in a large bowl or stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Next add egg, baking powder and vanilla. Mix until all of the ingredients have been combined.
  4. Begin adding flour about a ½ cup at a time mixing in between ½ cups. Dough should begin to be pliable but not sticky. If it is sticky gradually add a tablespoon of flour at a time.
  5. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Leaving one part uncolored, add yellow and orange to the other 2 sections of dough(one orange and one yellow).
  6. Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  7. When the dough is firm, roll each section to be about ½ inch thick.
  8. Once rolled out stack the dough on a piece of plastic wrap with orange on the bottom, yellow in the middle and the uncolored on top. Cut the edges so the dough so it is a rectangle.
  9. Roll up the dough into a log and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes or the refrigerator for about 40 minutes.
  10. 10. Preheat the oven to 350º F. When the dough is firm enough, remove the plastic wrap and begin cutting the long into about ½ inch pieces*.
  11. 11. Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes then let cool on a cooling rack before enjoying.

Recipe Notes

*In similar recipes it is suggested to use thread or a very thin sharp knife. I however have a cheese board with a wire cutter that works perfectly. Use whichever you desire.

Did you have scrap dough? Ball up all the extra and begin rolling it out. Using a cookie cutter, cut out a new shape and bake 8-10 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.

How cute are these?