Dr. Seuss Rainbow Pinwheel Cookie Recipe

Here are the ingredients that you need to make to complete these pinwheels:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  •  2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • Neon/electric food coloring gel
  • Nonpareil sprinkles


Here are the directions that you need to follow to complete this recipe:

  1. First, sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening, and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, vanilla, or almond extract and mix until fully combined.
  4. With the mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  5. Divide your dough evenly into 4-5 bowls, or as many colors you want to use.
  6. Take one ball of dough and put it back into your mixing bowl and add in the desired food coloring. Now repeat this with the remaining cookie dough and then refrigerate for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375°F during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  8. When your dough is done chilling, you’re ready to roll – take a grape-sized ball of each color of dough and press them together into a ball and roll it between your palms really fast (it’ll look like a small beach ball).
  9. Then take that beach ball and roll it out into a cylinder.  Now, you can cut it in half to make two cookies but you could make larger cookies as well.
  10. Coil the cylinder into a round cookie shape and then roll the edge of a cookie in a bowl of nonpareils.
  11. Bake on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan for 10-12 minutes.