Pinwheel cookies recipe

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These super-sweet Catherine wheel cookies are the perfect thing for Bonfire Night

catherine wheel cookies
  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time30 mins 15 mins cooling, plus icing time
Total Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories307 Kcal15%
Fat10 g14%
Saturated Fat6 g30%
Carbohydrates52 g20%

These pretty iced cookies look so fancy but they're easy and fun to make.

Our pinwheel cookies are iced in a single colour and then topped with a swirl of contrasting icing. The effect is just like a Catherine wheel. They're great for celebrations, and if you're doing a themed event you can even colour-code them accordingly. We've kept the biscuit recipe utterly simple, so they're quick to make. The only thing to take into account is that you will want time for the dough to chill before you bake it (so the biscuits keep their shape during cooking). And you will need them to cool properly before they're ready for icing.


  • 175g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 egg whites
  • 450g icing sugar
  • red, orange and yellow food colouring

You will need:

  • Disposable piping bags




  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Then sift in the flour. The consistency should be soft and doughy. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to firm up for 15 – 30mins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Once the dough is firm, on a lightly floured surface roll it out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut into circles using a cutter, arrange on a lined baking tray and chill for a further 30mins.
  3. Bake for 15mins. They will look quite pale. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  4. To make the icing whisk together the egg whites and icing sugar, using an electric mixer. Divide into three and colour one of each third with a different food colouring. Use to fill disposable piping bags. Pipe spirals of each colour onto the biscuits, and leave to set for at least two hours, or overnight.

Top tip for making pinwheel cookies

You want your icing to have the consistency of toothpaste – so that it holds its shape well. If you need to fill small gaps use a toothpick to drag the icing into the area you need.

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