Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

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I LOVE a good cookie! I might have a bit of an obsession with sweet and yummy cookies! {wink} But seriously, who doesn’t like cookies?!?! These Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies are delicious and although they look rather impressive (insert pat on the back here) they are actually really simple. I would even go as far as to say they are easier to create than traditional sugar cookies with frosting….but that may be because I am not so great at frosting anything!

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies | {i love} my disorganized life

Just use your traditional sugar cookie recipe, pick your favorite, nothing fancy. Whip up the dough and then divide it into even sections. I divided mine into three sections since I wanted my cookies to have three colors.

Then put each section of cookie dough in it’s own bowl. Make a little volcano on the top of the ball of dough and squirt in plenty of food coloring.

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

Now, don’t be shy, dig your hands in and work that food coloring through the dough.

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

Add more if you need, I added a lot since I wanted my colors really vibrant ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t worry about food coloring on your hands. Mine looked stained after I was done but then it washed right off. I think it must be all the butter in the cookie recipe. So butter is good for more than just making things taste yummy!! Who knew?!

Wrap each piece of cookie dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled enough to roll out.

Get some wax paper and tear off a good size piece. Mine was probably 18 inches long.

Roll each ball of dough out pretty flat and as even as you can. Each ball of dough will need it’s own piece of wax paper.

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

When all your dough is rolled out flat, even and approximately the same size. Decide what color order you want your cookies layered and place one color right over the top of another using the wax paper to transport your dough. You might want to grab your hubby or child for this part. You can do it with 2 hands, but 4 is definitely easier ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

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    • says

      Love these cookies, so glad you’re part of this Britany!

  1. Kristin says

    These look awesome! Ive never done this before. I am hoping to make some Classic Spitz cookies with the kids this week. Maybe some Christmas Trees or Snowflakes.

    • says

      Oh those sound yummy, too!

  2. Tiffany says

    These look really fancy but I think I could make them and eat a little dough on the way!! I am going to make these with my kiddos!

    • says

      That would be so fun! I bet they’d love rolling them in the sprinkles!

  3. Tina says

    OK, these are super-cute and so festive! This is a must for my holiday baking now.

  4. Tina says

    Great prizes! I’m thinking the Bella Sun Lucci & Kizmo for my girls and church friend who has been sick & could use some cheering up. That Pick Your Plum though would be…Merry Christmas to me!!

  5. TinaL says

    Great prizes! I’m thinking the Bella Sun Lucci & Kizmo for my girls and church friend who has been sick & could use some cheering up. That Pick Your Plum though would be…Merry Christmas to me!!

    • says

      I love PYP, always such fun stuff! Good luck Tina!

  6. Cherish says

    I might keep some and give some

  7. Ariana says

    These cookies have the perfect Christmas flare & they look delicious!

    As for the giveaway prizes: Bella Sun Lucci’s for my lovely grandmother, Kizmos abd Plum box for my talented cousin and little sister-in-law, and the cash for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner!

  8. Jen says

    Wonding if all 3 layers need to be sugar cookie?? Can we do a sugar cookie, choc chip sugar cookie?? I bet that would be the bomb!!!

    • says

      I think it would be fine to switch up the types of cookie, Jen, so long as you choose recipes with similar bake times. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. Linda says

    Great giveaway! Would love to win anyone of the prizes. The Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies will make a pretty addition to the holiday cookie tray. Thank you for the great recipe and the chance to win the 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

  10. Linda says

    I think I would like to treat myself but usually my two get everything.

  11. Ramona says

    I can’t wait to make these with my kids!

  12. Juli V says

    I would give it to my sister.

  13. Carole M says

    I think I’d keep some for me and give some away!

  14. Christina Mc says

    I am new to your site and I love it! Thanks from a Mom of 3 boys!!

    • says

      Awe thanks, so sweet, it made my day!

  15. Laura says

    I’m in the middle of doing these, I found out the hard way that you MUST flour your wax paper before rolling!

  16. Susie Avery says

    So the rolls are in the fridge, so how long does it take harden? 2 hr? 4 hrs?

    • says

      Since refrigerator temps can vary, feel for firmness. I’d say at least an hour. If you go to cut it and find it’s too soft, just pop it back in for another 30 min or so.

  17. says

    These are great cookies!
    I love the coloring – it’s fun and beautiful and resistible ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. says

    these are wonderful holiday treats. I invite you to share at my blog hop ( start tonight 8 PM MST through midnight) xo

  19. Jen says

    When you do the sugar cookie recipe, do you follow the refrigeration instructions before adding the food coloring and then again when you roll or do you add the food coloring, roll, then refrigerate?

    • Rachel says

      Thanks for your question, Jen. Don’t chill the dough until you’ve mixed in the food coloring. This will make it easier for you to easily blend it in. Once the colors are even, separately wrap each section of dough and chill. Then follow remaining instructions {roll each section out, layer, roll, wrap, chill, slice, etc}. I will change the post instructions as well.

      Have a great day!

  20. Angie says

    I am going to make these and take them to a holiday cookie party, they are so pretty. My daughters will love to make these as well! Thanks!

  21. Angie says

    What sugar cookie recipe is best? I used a martha stewart basic sugar cookie recipe but still found the dough hard to roll out and even harder to transfer when putting it together. I will try chilling it longer but any ideas for rolling out to keep the dough smooth?

    • Rachel says

      I bet the pre-made sugar cookie dough would work great, Angie. It’s more about the process and the fun of making them and eating them. Besides, the pre-made dough is pretty good! People will still ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over them ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Katie says

    I used regular sugar cookie dough from the package. They came out great. I did everything this page told me to do. I had fun too! The extra pieces from cutting I made cookies out of them. I had fun. Thanks for this post.

    • Rachel says

      Yay! I’m so glad you had such a fun time with these cookies, Katie!

  23. Hanna Loraine Burns says

    Hello Rachel. I have to say this recipe was far harder than depicted in your “easy to make” instructions. You fail to mention that one should refrigerate the dough before cooking. That is something very crucial you have to mention. I couldn’t fold the dough over properly due to your lack of instruction. What was supposed to be a lovely little swirls turned into a tye-dye looking turds. Thank you for your lack of guidance; I will never follow your recipes every again.
    Fine regards,
    Hanna Loraine Burns

    • Rachel says

      The instructions DO say to refrigerate the dough. Maybe you should read it again.

    • Valeria says

      I agree. I made these and they came out TERRIBLE.. VERY hard.. they DID look EXACTLY like these BEFORE baked though!

      • Rachel says

        Sugar cookies can be temperamental. They harden as they cool, so it’s possible they were baked too long.

  24. Amanda Velez says

    These look so cute! I’m definitely going to make these for Friday!

  25. Christine says

    I would like the sugar cookie recipe, can’t find it anywhere on here

    • Rachel says

      Christine, just a store-bought refrigerator dough was used.

  26. neu says

    Could you add a link to the sugar cookie recipe you used? I used one that is unroll-able and wasted my ingredients.

    • Rachel says

      This was just the refrigerator cookie dough, but there are a lot of great recipes out there for homemade sugar cookie dough!

  27. Mona says

    For some reason my browser won’t let me continue ready this recipe. What comes after layering the cookie dough on top of each other?? Do you roll it then cut it? Please let me know! Thank you!

  28. Beverley Press says

    these are so cute and fun thank you and Happy Holiday season xoxo

    • Rachel says

      Thank you, Happy Holidays!

  29. says

    These cookies look amazing — and your photography is terrific! Was wondering if you use Tailwind — because I am starting a new tribe called CHRISTMAS COOKIES and I’d love for you to participate! If you’re interested, send me an e-mail and I’ll invite you! Thanks — these cookies are going on my MUST TRY list this year!

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