Pinwheel Cookies — red, white and blue pinwheel cookies on a stick. A fun Fourth of July dessert, created by our contributors, ellenJAY.
Cue the Red, White and Blue because we’ve got the perfect Fourth of July cookies for you! Our playful polka dotted and striped Pinwheel Cookie Pops are a sweet addition to your Independence Day celebrations. Inspired by pinwheel yard spinners and these pinwheel cupcakes, these whimsical cookies are perfectly patriotic with a modern twist on the American Flag. We’ve created two designs featuring blue and white polka dots and red and white stripes with step-by-step instructions for both.
Using our go to roll-out sugar cookie dough and royal icing recipes we’ve outlined everything you’ll need to re-create these from start to finish.
PATRIOTIC PINWHEEL COOKIES
a tutorial by ellenJAY
Pinwheel Cookie Cutter
Americolor Gel Red Red
Americolor Gel Royal Blue
Americolor Gel Bright White
Small Plastic Containers
Piping Bags (3)
Piping Tip #2 (3)
Flood Bottles (3)
Red & Blue Striped Straws
BAKE THE COOKIES:
- Using our favorite sugar cookie dough, cut out pinwheels and place striped straws into the bottom of each cookie about 1 ½” deep, then place onto prepared cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
- Place cookies into refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill. This will help the cookies keep their shape when baking.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
PREP THE ICING:
- While cookies are baking and cooling prepare a batch of royal icing.
- Portion out icing into 3 separate containers, using 1 container for each color: Red, Blue and White.
- Prepare piping bags with couplers, piping tips and “piping consistency” icing for red, blue and white.
- Prepare flood bottles with red, blue and white “flood consistency” icing.
- Icing Consistency, for your reference:
- Piping Consistency: stiff icing straight from the mixer, plus a few drops of water to make sure the icing doesn’t crack when piping lines
- Flood Consistency: thin down icing with 1 teaspoon of water at a time, stir icing with small spatula and continue to add a tiny bit of water as necessary to reach desired flooding consistency. When you lift your spatula and the icing drips and falls back into itself after about 10 seconds, it is a good consistency.
DECORATE THE PINWHEELS:
Let’s start with the blue polka dot pinwheels with the solid red. Pipe 4 large intersecting blue triangles to create the 4 biggest portions of the pinwheel using the blue piping consistency icing.
Fill in the blue triangles with the blue flood icing from the flood bottle.
Allow icing to set for about 30 sec – 1 min and then add the white polka dots using the white flood icing in the bottle.
Pipe the remaining edges of the pinwheel with red piping consistency icing.
Fill in these small triangles with the red flood icing from the flood bottle.
Add a white dot in the middle of the pinwheel with the white piping consistency icing where all the triangles come together.
Now try the red and white striped pinwheels with blue polka dots. Refer to the photos above as needed.
- Pipe 4 large intersecting white triangles to create the 4 biggest portions of the pinwheel using the white piping consistency icing.
- Fill in the white triangles with the white flood icing from the flood bottle.
- Allow icing to set for about 30 sec – 1 min and then add the red stripes dots using the red flood icing in the bottle.
- Pipe the remaining edges of the pinwheel with blue piping consistency icing.
- Fill in these small triangles with the blue flood icing from the flood bottle.
- Allow icing to set for about 30 sec – 1 min and then add the white polka dots using the white flood icing in the bottle.
- Add a red dot in the middle of the pinwheel with the red piping consistency icing where all the triangles come together.
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