These Vanilla Chai Pinwheel Cookies feature 2 layers of vanilla and chai-spiced doughs swirled together in a hypnotizing spiral of simple sweetness and aromatic spice. Sparkling sugar edges add some extra crunch and glitzy texture.
I baked 8 batches of these Vanilla Chai Pinwheel Cookies during a heatwave in July to get this recipe just right. Then I made them 2 more times to get that perfect swirly center for the photos. It was hot and after the 6th batch. I wasn't feeling quite as holly jolly as I with the first 5 batches. But, I pressed on and endured the heat that comes with Christmas in July.
Then I made 2 more recipes for the magazine. These Cardamom Spiced Cookie Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting & Hazelnut Linzer Cookies with Wine Jam.
This recipe for these Vanilla Chai Pinwheel Cookies was originally featured in the 2018 Holiday Cookies issue of Bake From Scratch magazine
I knew these babies were going to print, so I was determined to get every little detail just right. The funny thing is, I'd never made a pinwheel cookie in my life and had no idea where to start. But the moment I thought of those vanilla and chai flavors swirling together into a single festive cookie, I was hypnotized.
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The swirl is where it's @
I wouldn't say pinwheel cookies are the easiest cookie recipe out there. However, once you get the hang of the rolling and swirling, they are pretty simple to make. The swirl takes some practice. Especially if you are trying to get that picture perfect @ symbol in the center. But honestly, as long as you can roll cookie dough, you can swirl pinwheel cookies.
Nothing beats a slice & bake cookie
The best part is, these are slice and bake cookies. Which means you can just slice off a few cookies at a time and bake them any time the mood strikes. Pretty great, right? The swirled cookie dog log can be stored in the freezer when tightly wrapped for up to 3 months.
Vanilla & chai spiced cookie dough swirl together into 1 sweet & spicy cookie
These pinwheel cookies have two distinct layers. a layer of simple vanilla cookie dough. And a warm chai spiced layer made with nutty pecans, warm cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice and a little sprinkle of white pepper for extra warming qualities. The vanilla and chai-spiced doughs are swirled together in a hypnotizing spiral of simple sweetness and aromatic spice. The edges are encrusted in sparkling sugar for an extra crunch and glitzy texture.
While these holiday cookies were inspired by a Vanilla Chai Latte, they taste pretty darn perfect with any hot cup of joe. Get to rolling, swirling and add a little spicy sparkle to your holidays with these Vanilla Chai Pinwheel Cookies. They are worth the roll, I promise.Print