• 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • Wilton icing colors
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar, for decorating

 When I came across these colorful Dr. Seuss Cookies, I knew I immediately had to make them. This is such an easy way to transform a simple sugar cookie into something extra special. I know these colors don’t really represent the time of year, but I could not resist. Imagine how cute these would be at a kid’s birthday party or as a graduation present along with Dr. Seuss’s book.

You could definitely use store bought sugar cookie dough to make these pinwheels, but honestly if you’re going to put all this work into them, you might as well go the extra mile and make your own from scratch. I read that neon food colors work well, but I would recommend buying the 12 Wilton Icing Colors Set because they last forever and there is such a great variety. For these cookies I used Kelly Green, Violet, Pink, Lemon Yellow and Teal and I loved the end result.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

Divide the dough evenly into 5 different bowls. Add a different Wilton food coloring to each bowl of dough using a toothpick. Fold the dough in half over the color and begin to knead until desired color is achieved.

Roll each large dough ball into mini grape size dough bowls. On parchment paper, roll each mini dough ball into a cylinder. Combine 5 cylinders and roll into one large cylinder until colors swirl together. Gently twist the cylinder into a pinwheel shape. Roll the edges in colored sprinkles if desired. The dough becomes very soft so you have to be very careful not to disfigure the cookies. Place the pan of pinwheels in the fridge for 20 minutes before baking..

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Adjust the time depending on the size of your cookies. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

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