Pass the Plate: Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close in a few days, but before the annual event wraps up, I wanted to share a special opportunity to support and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer.

Over the past decade, KitchenAid has helped raise more than $9 million for breast cancer research through their long-standing partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As part of the program, KitchenAid has launched the Pass the Plate initiative.

The setup is simple and starts with an exclusive Villeroy and Boch plate (pictured below) designed by Jacques Pepin. You register the plate online, make a dish, serve it on the plate and then pass the plate to a friend. Your friend in turn registers the plate, makes a dish, serves it on the plate and passes the plate on to another friend. Each time someone new registers the plate, KitchenAid donates $5 to Susan G. Komen.

Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from

I chose to make a “think pink”-inspired version of my pinwheel sugar cookies. And now you’ll have the chance to join me and the long line of other cooks who have “passed the plate,” as KitchenAid has generously offered to give one Just a Taste reader a Cook for the Cure plate so that they too can keep the Pass the Plate love going.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Anne (comment #81)!

To enter for your chance to win a KitchenAid Cook for the Cure plate, leave a comment on this post that answers the following question:

What special dish would you serve on this Cook for the Cure plate?

One winner will be selected via and announced on Monday, November 4, 2013. This giveaway closes on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 12 p.m. EST and is open to U.S. participants only. The winner will be contacted via email, so please include a valid email address in the email address entry box.

Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from

Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from

Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from

Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from

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Pass the Plate: Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies are buttery cookies made with basic pantry ingredients. Best of all, the dough can be prepared up to a week in advance then sliced and baked.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4 from 8 votes
Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies from
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 51 minutes
Servings 48 cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Sprinkles


  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition, then add the vanilla.
  • Turn the mixer off. Add the flour and then beat just until combined. Remove the dough and separate it into two equal pieces. Shape one piece of the dough into an 8-inch square, wrap it securely in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. (This will be the white portion of the cookies.)
  • Return the remaining piece of dough to the stand mixer bowl, and with the mixer on "low," add in the red food coloring, drop by drop, until it reaches your desired pink color. Remove the pink dough, shape it into an 8-inch square, wrap it securely in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and cut each square in half to form two rectangles. Wrap half of each color of dough in plastic wrap and return it to the fridge. Place the white dough in between two pieces of wax paper and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. Roll out the pink dough between two separate pieces of wax paper until it is a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Peel the top layer of wax paper off of the white dough and then peel the wax paper off one side of the pink dough and use the other side to transfer the pink dough on top of the white dough. Very lightly roll the two layers together.
  • Starting at the shorter end of the rectangle, roll the dough as tightly as possible into a log. Repeat the rolling and stacking process with the remaining dough in the fridge. Wrap the logs in wax paper and then plastic wrap and refrigerate them for 1 hour.
  • Remove the dough logs and roll them on the counter several times so they don't develop a flat side. Unwrap the dough logs and place the sprinkles in a large, shallow dish. Roll the dough logs in the sprinkles until they are completely coated. Re-wrap the dough logs in wax paper and plastic and refrigerate them for 4 more hours.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the fridge and slice each log into 1/4-inch rounds. Place the rounds about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets, as the cookies will expand when baked.
  • Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes until pale golden, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
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Calories: 86kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 16mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 0.4mg


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  1. i substituted the vanilla extract for strawberry extract and the cookies came out wonderfully! They we’re a huge hit at our holiday party. Definitely will use again!

  2. 4 stars
    Is the butter melted, softened, cold? I couldn’t tell based on reciepe, and I’ve never made cookies like this before…

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. It doubled perfectly, and I was surprised at how easy it was to roll and stack the layers (I skipped cooling the dough, before rolling the layers together, and it worked fine). I substituted vanilla for peppermint, and they’re awesome.

  4. 2 stars
    Really disappointed. I spent hours making these and they came out hard as a rock, like harder shortbread cookies, not sugar cookies. Maybe I just screwed up but if not, that’s pretty misleading. But I actually like that they’re not too sweet. Two stars because they’re still pretty good with coffee.

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been making this recipe for years and they are my kids’ favorite. You overbaked them. You need to take them out when they are still soft and they will solidify as they cool.

  5. 1 star
    I am making this as we speak, my first time making anything homeade and i am very discouraged. I followed the instructions but the batter is too sticky to roll or cut into shapes!! not a good directive for beginners

    1. Hi Anna – I’m sorry you didn’t have success with this recipe. It’s important to only mix the dough just until the flour is combined (per the recipe instructions), otherwise the dough will be too sticky, and to also refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to give the butter a chance to firm up. Hope that helps!

  6. 5 stars
    I made these last night for our tree trimming. All my girls were very impressed! And they tasted so good. I did not let them chill as long as it said to. They baked fine but if I had, they would have sliced easier for sure

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been making these for years but your trick about rolling the logs so they don’t have a flat side worked wonderfully! Great tip, thanks!

  7. I was reading the recipe for several time. It wasn’t clear to me when she say cut the each dough in half.. I will have four rectangle.? And put on top of each other.?

  8. Tried this recipe and went not so well. Looking at my other recipes this is actually a drop sugar cookie recipe (which aren’t meant to be rolled, they turn out super sticky) but doesn’t have near as much sugar so the dough tastes like powder. I would suggest doubling the sugar or maybe looking at another less sticky recipe altogether. It is a super cute idea though, I’m definitely going to make these for an Alzheimer’s walk in doing. And of course I may have just messed up severely messed up and overlooked something and ruined everything because that’s how my luck went but from my experience it didn’t turn out very well.

  9. I made these for a special little girl’s birthday party. This is a wonderful recipe. I have a convection oven and I found that cooking them for only 6 minutes gave me best results. They’re a hit and I’ve had to hide them from the family until party time :)

  10. I made these this weekend in honor of Valentine’s day! I love this sugar cookie recipe, and they turned out beautifully!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to use the dough in different variations!

  11. I would serve what my family calls “Aunt Dot’s Christmas Cookies”. I have never met Aunt Dot, I believe she was my grandmother’s aunt, but her cookies live on! They would be very pretty on this plate.

  12. I would serve my favorite Strawberry Jam filled cupcakes. The recipe came from my mom who suffered from breast cancer.

  13. I would serve a scrumptious chopped Kale and Lemon vinegarette salad, with toasted pine nuts and dried cranberries….full of awesome antioxidants, but still so yummy! This would be in honor of those family and friends who have battled cancer and won…and those who’ve I lost.

  14. This sounds kinda weird, but it’s really good: I would serve Chocolate Beet Tea Loaf — comes out a pretty dark pink color!
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  15. I would make coconut banana bread. Yum!

    Your pink pinwheel sugar cookies look beautiful! I will be making these for sure!

    Thank you KitchenAid for being so generous!

  16. i love kitchenaid & everything they do. i would put maraschino cherry filled bonbons drizzled with pink cherry icing, thanks for the chance to win

  17. Very hard to decide, however I would have to go with my “world’s best” chocolate chip cookies made on lollipop sticks with a pink ribbons attached. Yummy for all!!

  18. Love the cookies! I’ll make pink lemonade cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting and will decorate with a pink ballerina!
    Best regards, Wanda

  19. Oooh! This is so fun! I’d make beef tamales, beans, rice, and more for my person to have a delicious Mexican dinner!

  20. Such a great idea. I would make our Pumpkin Bread mini loaves or possibly my daughter Rachel’s famous brownies.

  21. I’d love to try making pink ribbon cut-out cookies to honor family and friends who have fallen victim to breast cancer.

  22. I have a great recipe for a cream cheese sugar cookie bar, I always frost them with a strawberry cream cheese frosting, so its pink. Seems perfect! I love this idea, I love the idea of helping raise money and awareness while sharing something you made with love.

  23. I would probably make my pumpkin snickerdoodles and pass the plate on to my sister who is a survivor, and loves pumpkin! The plate is beautiful as is the message.

  24. I would make something easily transported, I have a great recipe for banana coconut bread with lime glaze that I love, maybe make some mini loaves and wrap up to pass on to a friend.

  25. Thank you to KitchenAid for being part of such a great cause. It brings so much awareness to such a wide audience.
    I would make snickerdoodles with pink food coloring and pink sugar mixed in with the cinnamon. Snickerdoodles are so comforting and bring back so many great memories!

  26. This is a great idea!! Thanks to KitchenAid for all that they do to raise awareness!!
    I would serve your pink pinwheel cookies or the amazing chocolate chip cookies brought to me when I was going through my breast cancer journey eight years ago.

  27. I would put my Santa Christmas Cut-outs with fluffy white frosting — they are a feel good cookie made with love –
    I look at this plate it is makes me feel good as what it does for the cause, my santa cookies would make you feel good too on the plate!! I started out making 48 dozen cookies each year and giving all away- now have worked up to 72 dozen cookies!!! ’tis the season for a good cause and to make people feel good!!

  28. I think everyone is somehow touched or connected by family and friends who have or who have conquered breast cancer. In my family, it’s was my aunt and my cousin. If my aunt were still alive, I would bake bread for her, toast it, and spread lots of good, creamery butter on it for her and serve it on this lovely platter. If I win, I will be baking your special pink sugar pinwheel cookies and then send them along to my cousin in Indiana who has conquered the cancer beast!

  29. My mother passed away from breast cancer on November 4, 2006. She was an amazing cookie baker. She made 25 different kinds of Christmas cookies every year and gave them away to everyone, mixed, in tie boxes that she collected all year long. The cookie that I would serve on this plate is one that she made for Easter and special family events…we called it Lekvar Cookies but everyone else knows it as a Hungarian Kiffle. She taught her three daughters how to bake so we still enjoy Mom’s cookies, but somehow they are never quite the same.

  30. What a great way to raise awareness! I would obviously make something pink, I think I’d make mini cupcakes with hot pink frosting and lots of pink sprinkles and decorations. I picked mini because, well, everything is cuter when it’s mini!

  31. I’m with you… would make something “pink” to support the cause. Maybe strawberry truffles dipped in pink tinted white chocolate.

  32. Your cookies look amazing! In honour of Connie, my childhood friend who passed away from breast cancer, I would serve pink amaretti cookies.

  33. I would bake up a batch of your Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip cookies & bring them in to where I used to work, to brighten the day of 2 of my former coworkers who are breast cancer survivors!

  34. What a wonderful idea to support breast cancer, friendships, baking, and the art of giving! The pink pinwheel cookies look great, but my grown kids remind me that so many friends and teachers would be so thankful for my gifts of delicious lemon poppy seed bread…naturally this plate would do it justice if wrapped in pink cellophane and tied with a pink bow!

  35. Wow- what a neat idea- I hadn’t seen those before. You just gave me some great inspiration for Christmas. I know a few ladies that I would love to pass those on to. Maybe that’s how I’ll share holiday cookies this year :)

  36. I’d make our Favorite Cookies with oatmeal, craisins, coconut, and pecans to share with a friend! #familyfavorite

  37. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and she loves roasted vegetables, so I would definitely serve her up some roasted autumn root veggies on this looker!

  38. Bravo! These cookies are beautiful and the perfect way to support a wonderful cause! <3

  39. What pretty cookies, and such a wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing! :) I think I would make Pumpkin Brownie Bars to put on my plate!

  40. Great recipe for this…and what a great way to help with is cause! I would make my mother’s recipe for bow knot cookies with pink icing!

  41. This plate is a great idea! I would make a salad with tons of antioxidant vegetables and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds because this type of salad helps the body fight free radicals that can encourage cancer. Then would come a tough choice of whether to give it to someone with cancer or to someone who would keep the plate moving to raise more money for breast cancer research.

  42. Seriously, love everything that KitchenAid does with their initiatives and program that support breast cancer. <3

    Your cookies look darling and so perfect & tightly rolled. I love how festive they are and they would be great for February, too! Beautiful job, Kelly :)