{recipe} Swirly Christmas Sugar Cookies

Here’s another fun one for the holidays – swirly red and green sugar cookies! I love soft sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make and getting this swirled effect is really simple to do. So pretty!

christmas sugar cookies 3

Basically, you make sugar cookie dough, then divide it into three logs. Color one log green and one log red. Stack the logs and twist them around one another a few times. Then roll that whole mess into a log. 

christmas sugar cookies

Chill the log for awhile, or even overnight, then slice and bake. That’s it!

christmas sugar cookies 2

RECIPE: Swirly Christmas Sugar Cookies
makes about 40 cookies


  • 1 cup (8 oz.) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red and green food coloring
  • In a mixer, combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix to combine well.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Divide dough into 3 portions. Leave one white. Gently mix red food coloring into one portion and green food coloring into the other portion.
  • Roll each portion into a thick log. Stack on top of one another. Give it a few folds and twists.
  • Separate dough into 2 portions and roll 2 logs, about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hr or more (up to 24 hours.)
  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare sheet pans or cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Slice chilled logs into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned but still soft in the middle.
  • Cool on wire racks.
Print Friendly


1 Peggy { 01.03.15 at 5:05 pm }

This just gave me an awesome idea to make red, white and blue cookies for our annual 4th of July party!

2 Vicky G. { 01.10.15 at 12:32 pm }

ooooh. One could use only red with the white for valentines day. roll a white log, make a v then shove the red in it. Freestyle hearts. lol

3 Karen { 01.13.15 at 10:10 pm }

@Vicky G. love that idea!!

4 Shubha { 09.28.15 at 5:10 am }

Thank u so much for the lovely receipe. It came out yummy.

5 Karen { 10.01.15 at 10:17 pm }

Thanks @Shubha for letting me know! Glad it worked out.

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge