Snickerdoodle Pinwheels

Back for week 2 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies! I’m not going to lie, I’m already having trouble coming up with cookies! I did 25 days of holiday treats last December and used most of my favorite recipes and others that I’d wanted to try for awhile.

I was inspired by my snickerdoodle cupcakes but wanted something different from the usual snickerdoodle. These turned out just as I’d hoped and they might just be the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen.

The dough is almost a sugar cookie dough but it includes cream cheese which I think belongs in all snickerdoodles. It gives the cookies a softer texture and just a slight tang that you probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t pointed out to you. The cinnamon sugar gives it the classic snickerdoodle flavor and you could even take it one step further and dust the tops of the cookies with the mixture, although it would cover up the pretty swirls.

The cookies are a little more involved than regular cookies. My advice is to generously flour your work surface. I skimped on the flour and ended up having to piece the dough together as I rolled it. So use more than you normally would and use a pastry brush to dust any excess off.

It’s a great cookie though and one that just about anyone would enjoy. I look forward to making it again once the holidays get here!

Snickerdoodle Pinwheels


For the cookies:
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
For the cinnamon mixture:
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter


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