Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

xmassugarReading is cool. Wanna know why?

Because sometimes, reading offers insight about how to do or not do certain things. Like, for instance, when my place of work puts our CLOSED sign up, that generally means we are CLOSED. As in, NOT open. As in, don’t come in and ask for a sandwich ten minutes after we’ve closed on a Saturday when we’re desperately itching to get out and enjoy the weekend. I hate you.

Or when my house clearly has a (homemade) NO SOLICITING sign up in plain sight. That means, don’t ring my doorbell and stand outside my house for 10 minutes in a desperate attempt to ask me to sign some petition or hand me pizza coupons.

Duude, if one thing irks me, it’s solicitors. They are CREEPY.

Before I put up my fancy “we’re antisocial and no, I don’t need a pamphlet” sign up, we got toooons of people soliciting magazines or pest control or just weird things. And it was always SUUUUUPER uncomfortable because I really dislike answering the door PERIOD and never answer when no one else is home (I’ve been scarred by too many crime shows) but I always feel like solicitors like, know we’re ignoring them. So they stand outside for an inordinate amount of time, ring the doorbell no less than four times, and just stand their admiring our Stucco before they finally give up and leave.

But their leaving is not before my series of strategic maneuvering so they don’t catch onto my being-homeness. First, I’ll hear the doorbell or a knock and I’ll freeze in my tracks. I’ll also stop breathing momentarily, as if they have supersonic hearing and can detect human oxygen inhalation.

Second, I’ll (very gently) get under a piece of furniture (table, desk) if I’m nearby, or slowly skulk out of the range of the door as to not risk them somehow detecting my motions within 10 feet of any direction of my front door.

What’s really awkward is when I’m feeling all nice and home-y and have opened the blinds which narrows my escape field significantly. Or, worse, if the TV is on, music is blasting, or random people are darting underneath tables to hide from solicitors and therefore, it’s obvious I don’t want to talk to you.

Really, I should just put up another sign that says “It’s honestly no offense to you or your pest company which I’m sure is a nice company, but I really don’t know if you’re a murderer or not so please leave me alone. Thanks.”

And when they finally leave, I get all super sensitive like they knew they’ve been duped and they’re sitting outside the house somewhere where I can’t see them, watching me and being like “I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE” because apparently, I have it in my head that all solicitors must be murderous stalkers or something.

I think I should be rewarded for my courageous acts of survival while being home alone on my day off. And I don’t know about you, but after escaping murderous magazine salesmen, I want nothing more than cookies. Milk and cookies. The ultimate comfort food, amirite, Santa?!

My mom’s favorite cookie in the world happens to be sugar, so I decided to surprise her with these swirly, twirly, super fun Christmas cookies. They look SO impressive with their bright and festive swirls, but they’re totally simple to make!

008I’m using the Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe from Sweet SugarBelle because I’ve found it produces excellent tasting and quality sugar cookies. For someone who is completely sugar-cookie-decorating-impaired, I need a cookie that’s easy and looks great, and these deliver! Plus, there’s no chilling time on the dough, and the dough literally comes together in minutes.

And once I saw Toni’s Swirly Halloween Cookies on Make Bake Celebrate, I wanted to do a festive Christmas version! Aren’t they beautiful and fun!?

002Christmas Sugar Cookies *swirly cookie idea from Make Bake Celebrate and sugar cookie recipe from Sweet SugarBelle 

3.3 from 6 reviews
Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
Seussical swirls of Christmas colors make these cookies really POP on the dessert table.
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tsp extract (I use a mixture of butter emulsion and vanilla, but you could use almond, too!)
  • 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • No-Taste Red and Kelly Green Wilton gel food coloring
  • Christmas sprinkles, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder + salt.
  2. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until blended. While it's blending, crack your egg in a small bowl and beat it gently with your extracts of choice to combine. Add the egg/flavoring mixture and beat to incorporate.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. When most of the dough sticks to the paddle of your mixer, it should be ready. Also, SugarBelle says when she gently presses her finger to the dough, it yields rather than sticks.
  4. Turn your dough onto a flat, clean work space very lightly dusted with flour. Separate the dough into two even balls and make a nice dent in the middle of each. Take a butter knife and scrape some food coloring out from each bottle, then wipe the coloring into the dough ball dent (one color per ball).
  5. Now, here's the cool trick: start folding the dough in and around the colored dent in the middle. When you work the dough outside--->in, it will decrease the likelihood you'll get dye on your fingers 🙂 once you've achieved the color you like, you're ready to make cookies!
  6. Take a small Tablespoon-sized ball of dough from each color and press the dough balls together to form one big ball. Gently roll out the two-toned dough ball into a long snake shape. Starting from one end, roll up cinnamon roll-style until you have a swirly cookie. Roll the edges of the cookie in sprinkles, if desired.
  7. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Do not overbake them! Allow to cool on the cookie sheets about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. I've found this recipe easily makes two dozen cookies, and they stay quite moist and soft for several days when stored airtight.


004I love how stunning these cookies are! They definitely make for a fantastic presentation on any Christmas cookie tray, with their fun swirly shape and their bright, Christmas colors! You can also adapt the colors to fit your liking, such as using blue and yellow for Hanukkah. Easy peasy and definitely delicious.

Happy Baking!

xo, Hayley

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. These look so crazilly festive – I may have to make some for Christmas Day

  2. These really are stunning! I need to pin this! I desperately need a sugar cookie that doesn’t need to sit in the fridge for hours! The swirl IS perfect! Nothing irritates me more than when I’m going about my homebody business and the door bell rings unexpectedly. It’s so rude. I finally got to the point where I realized I don’t have to hide or shut the garage or stop yelling at the kids, it’s totally ok to ignore whoever is on my porch!

  3. They’re so pretty and festive. I love the colours and the sprinkles on the outer edge. The butter emulsion in them sounds divine too and I managed to get that from my local cake decorating store too and been looking for something to use it with. 🙂

    And don’t get me started on soliciting! We also have a sticker on our letterbox of all places that states no leaflets, etc. And guess what, people completely ignore it. Drives me insane. Once, I even saw someone entering with takeaway food leaflets and waited until they pushed it through the door. I then immediately pushed it back out the door back to them. That was funny!

  4. You are so talented! These are BEAUTIFUL!!! Oh– and you should totally never answer the door when you’re home alone! That rule applies whether your 5 or 25 or 105! Seriously, I’m crazy about that too 🙂 Anyone who’s watched enough Special Victims Unit knows the deal here….

  5. Great looking cookies! I always loved sugar cookies but hated rolling them out and having to clean up all the cookie cutters after. And as far as people coming to your door…you should let them know you are home. They could be casing the house to see if it’s unoccupied only to go around back and break in! Just look out the window with gooey dough held high in your hands and say, “GO AWAY!” or “I’m NOT interested!” or if you want to be polite, “NO thank you!”.
    Dorothy’s Mom

  6. Oh how festive!!! I love this swirly cookie idea! PS: Don’t know why but it totally reminds me of “How Grinch stole Christmas” cartoon!! 🙂

  7. Okay, first of all your cookies are adorable and look like they belong in Whoville.

    Second of all, I hate murderous (and non-murderous) solicitors. I need a sign. Why have I never thought of that? We just had someone stop by today trying to get us to replace our not very old roof. NO. JUST NO.

  8. Wow, I have been looking for Christmas cookies to make, and these look perfect!!

  9. omg – these cookies are SO SO PRETTY!!! i love the swirl and the sprinkles around the edges. you’re so creative – i wish i had half the creativity that you possess!

  10. Ooooo, yummy. These photos are gorgeous too. I want to eat them!!!

  11. First, I wish you could see me laughing right now because you just described how I act when home alone and the doorbell rings. And second, OMGTHESECOOKIESAREAWESOME. Seriously cool. Bring me some, would you???

  12. Now these are some BRIGHT cookies – and I am impressed with how neat the colors are kept. I think my red would be in my green and vice versa. Lol

  13. Back for Seconds says:

    Hayley!! These are so so pretty! I love them!
    I’m laughing because you sound just like me when the bell rings. It’s really funny because now whenever it rings even if we are expecting someone, Bella says, we have to hide!! Lol! I’m such a good influence 😉

  14. These are so pretty! It’s inspiring me to make a Christmas themed recipe…I got some red&green sprinkles the other day & have been dying to use them! 🙂

  15. These are so festive and they remind me of something the Grinch would have stolen from the Who’s!

  16. Your pictures are gorgeous!! Do you find that some foods/desserts are soo much easier to photograph than others…and some it seems, I can’t make look good no matter what!

  17. These are some of the cutest cookies I’ve seen this season!!!

  18. I SUPER love these – and am SO not crafty enough to make a pretty swirl like yours:)

  19. Okay, I swear I commented on this post. Obviously not. Sigh.

    I hate all the solicitors we get. HATE. That’s why I made Mel put in that screen door. I open it and I can see them but they can’t see me. They get all confused. It’s a win-win.

    These cookies might just have to be what I make for Jordan’s class on Wednesday….

  20. These are so fun and festive, I love the swirls!

  21. These are the CUTEST EVER!!!!! Must make!

  22. I have to say these tasted sooo good! My daughter enjoyed helping me out with this one. Only thing is they came out looking like big blobs instead of pretty swirls. What can I do to keep that from happening?

  23. You have to make a video of these because I literally just made them and it is nothing like what you have shown. Some comments I found: Kneeding the dough is difficult for the coloring. Use gloves. Do NOT use a table spoon per color, and your cookies will be as big as your hand. Seriously. I don’t know if the temp/time is right, as mine became slightly burned and really flat. I had swirls, mostly, but like Mel they were kind of… meh. It took a LOT more than 15 minutes for prep.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Ed, I’m so sorry your recipe didn’t turn out as hoped! I’ll try to do a tutorial of this for future help.

  24. First off, these cookies are adorable! And such an easy recipe too. But I’m having a hard time keeping the dough from crumbling. Any advice?

  25. After finding these on Pinterest I made these tonight and they came out SO CUTE!!! I put them in the freezer for 5 minutes after shaping them but before putting them in the oven (as I usually do with sugar cookies) to hold the shape. Came out great! My cousins called them the who-ville cookies 🙂

    • Also I used my stand mixer to mix the dough on low, then split the dough in half and added the food coloring straight into the mixer one color at a time – no mess or dye on my hands.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Stephanie, I love the idea of calling them Who-ville cookies! So clever and totally true 🙂 I’m so happy to hear they worked out for you! Merry Christmas! xo.

  26. These were the most awful cookies to try and make 🙁 Followed the directions to a t and it did not work out at all

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Sharon, I’m so sorry you had issues with these cookies. Without hearing what the problem was, I can’t properly assess what could have gone wrong. However, I apologize.

  27. After reading your post (and knowing I’m going to love making such beautiful cookies) and also reading the comments, I am thrilled to know that I’m not alone in all of the evasive maneuvers I do when someone knocks on my door. In fact, now I know I’m probably in the majority of blog readers! Yay!

  28. notacookiefan says:

    I made these and they looked great but I did bake them too long. You can’t tell when they are done but take them out or they just get hard. I rolled out the dough into a square. Refrigerated it for about an hour. Put the two together then let them sit and warm up on top of each other before rolling. Once warm, roll it up and use your fingers to bring any cracks together. I then put it in the fridge again for another 1 hour before slicing and baking. Mine turned out really pretty – just too hard!


  1. […] Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies From The Domestic Rebel […]

  2. […] Recipe and Photo credit to […]

  3. […] Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies From The Domestic […]

  4. […] Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies from The Domestic Rebel […]

  5. […] Recipe via […]

Speak Your Mind


Rate this recipe: