Sprinkled Spiral Cookies Recipe (2024)

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Say goodbye to boring and hello to sprinkles and color! These Spiral Cookies are fun! Red for Christmas, pink for a girl party or blue for pool-side snacks. They’ll make any occasion brighter and more fun!

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Original post: December 2011 | Updated: December 2020

I first made these colorful spiral cookies from Sprinkle Bakes back in the wee early years of my blog. Not only are these spiral cookies pretty, but they are also deliciously tasty.

And you can imagine how much kids enjoy them! I heard someone say once after I made them, “Ooo, look! A Grinch cookie!” The green swirls do strangely remind me of the Grinch’s long, swirling fingers.

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How To Make Sprinkled Spiral Cookies

These cookies are versatile because they are great year round and easy to adapt with fun colors. They promise to be a hit!

Prep The Dough

STEP 1

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugars in a food processor and process to mix. Add butter and process until the mixture has a cornmeal consistency. Add the vanilla and process until mixture just forms a ball.

STEP 2

Divide the dough in half and return one half to the food processor. Add almond extract, gel food coloring and 2 Tbsp flour to the food processor until just incorporated.

STEP 3

Roll out each half of the dough between sheets of wax paper into an 8×11-inch(ish) rectangle, with a 1/4-inch thickness. Leaving the wax paper on the dough, stack on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

Assemble The Cookies

STEP 4

Pour 1 cup of multi-colored sprinkles in a shallow dish.

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Remove the dough from the refrigerator and peel off the top pieces of wax paper from each half of dough. Flip the colored dough half over onto the white dough half so that dough is touching dough.

Remove the top sheet of wax paper and trim the long edges with a sharp knife so that the sides are straight and parallel with one another.

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STEP 5

When the dough becomes just pliable, roll it into a log beginning with a long edge. Gently curl the edge with your fingertips and do your best to avoid creating air pockets.

Carefully lift the log into the sprinkle-filled dish.Gently roll it around until the outside is completely coated with color.

Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, about 4 hours.

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Bake The Cookies

STEP 6

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Slice the cookie log into 1/4-inch-thick discs and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the cookies are no longer shiny. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have any scraps of dough leftover, just roll them out in worm like strips, bake them and enjoy a treat! They won’t need to bake as long so keep an eye on them.
  • The green swirl is fun for Christmas, but any color would be just as fun. Bright yellow for a spring-time cookie? Orange for a Halloween cookie? A swirl of colors for a birthday cookie?
  • Use a piece of 8.5×11 paper as a guide when rolling out and measuring the dough rectangle.
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To Sprinkle or Not To Sprinkle

If you’re not usually a sprinkles kinda person – just wait! These cookies need the sprinkles for two reasons.

  1. You will enjoy the crunch it gives to each bite of your cookie because they are a soft sugar cookie on their own.
  2. The extra pretty look it gives these cookies (and only these if that’s what works for you) make them more festive, and are worth picking up a bottle and rolling these cookies into them!

Gel vs Liquid Food Coloring

This recipe calls for you to use gel food coloring. Could you use liquid food coloring? Sure. But here’s a few reasons to switch over to gel.

  • It is thicker, it has a viscous texture.
  • Gel food coloring is concentrated and helps achieve a more vibrant color.
  • It does cost a little more but you won’t use as much and achieve a more true color that you were hoping to attain.
  • Gel food coloring will stain your fingers, so you might want to wear plastic gloves.

Storing Spiral Cookies

You made these tasty show-stopping cookies so be sure after they have completely cooled to place them in a air-tight container or a ziploc bag. You can enjoy them over the next few days if you can keep your hands off them!

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Sprinkled Spiral Cookies Recipe

Say goodbye to boring and hello to sprinkles and color! These Spiral Cookies are super fun. They make every occasion brighter and more exciting!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 45 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Refrigerate: 3 hours hours

Servings: 24

Calories: 175kcal

Author: Megan Porta

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tube gel food coloring any color
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup multi-colored nonpareil sprinkles

Instructions

  • Combine the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt and sugars in a food processor and process to mix. Add butter and process until the mixture has a cornmeal consistency. Add the vanilla and process until mixture just forms a ball.

  • Divide the dough in half and return one half to the food processor. Add the almond extract, food coloring and 2 Tbsp flour and mix until just incorporated.

  • Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of waxed paper into an 8×11-inch rectangle, with ¼-inch thickness. Stack the dough, leaving in the wax paper, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

  • Pour the sprinkles into a shallow dish. Remove the dough from fridge and peel off the top pieces of wax paper from each dough half. Lift one and flip it over onto the other half so that the doughs are touching. Remove the top sheet of wax paper and trim the long edges with a sharp knife so that the sides are straight.

  • When the dough becomes just pliable, roll the dough beginning with a long end into a log. Gently curl the edge with fingertips and try to avoid creating pockets of air. Carefully lift log into the dish with the decors and roll until outside is completely coated. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, about 2 hours.

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

    Slice the cookie log into 1/4-inch-thick discs and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the cookies are no longer shiny. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If you have any scraps of dough leftover, just roll them out in worm like strips, bake them and enjoy a treat! They won’t need to bake as long so keep an eye on them.
  • The green swirl is fun for Christmas, but any color would be just as fun. Bright yellow for a spring-time cookie? Orange for a Halloween cookie? A swirl of colors for a birthday cookie?
  • Use a piece of 8.5×11 paper as a guide when rolling out and measuring the dough rectangle.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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