Dr. Seuss Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

Let’s just get this out on the table right now – I can’t bake.

I should probably elaborate. When I say that I can’t bake I don’t mean, “Oh those brownies are a little hard on the outside and too soft in the middle but still taste good”. Ha! I wish! Something happens when I try to bake. A kind of magic enters my kitchen and poisons all that I touch! (Two exceptions being flan and bread pudding – I can bake the hell out that crap!)

So what in heavens name possessed me to want to try these cookies; especially since I have spotted so many fail posts on them all over the internet!?  And I know that  some of you are saying, “well they come from a box so that’s not really baking”. If that is you then I would kindly point up to the previous paragraph and reiterate my complete and total failure when it comes to baking. Add in a two year old and a three year old “helping” and I’m basically asking for it.

But they looked so pretty and they reminded me so much of Oh The Places You’ll Go! They were just perfect for our Dr. Seuss celebration!

The kids loved helping bake these! I thought for sure that this was going to end up in a big mess with all three of us crying but total opposite happened! The girl loved to measure and stir and the boy loved to color the dough and roll them into little balls!

I think they came out pretty darn swell. Not as nice as the original, but close!

Here are some tips that I can offer:

Tip #1 – Chill the dough after rolling it into balls.

Tip #2 – Use the neon food coloring for the bright colors.

Tip #3 – Roll your dough on wax paper, it makes for a smoother shape.

Tip #4 – Use the directions on the mix package for shaped cookies, not drop cookies!

Tip #5 – It’s all in good fun, don’t be too hard on yourself (this tip is specifically for me).


  • Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 5 colors of liquid food coloring
  • sprinkles


Mix cookie dough according to directions on the package. Separate dough equally into 5 bowls. Add a few drops of food color to each dough and kneed until color is well incorporated. Roll each color into grape size balls. Chill for 30 min. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350*. Take a ball of each color and smoosh them together so they form a larger ball. Roll the ball into a log shape. Starting at one end make a pinwheel. Dip edges into sprinkles and lay on parchment lined baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until centers are fully cooked. Allow to cool for 1 minute on the baking pan and then remove and allow them to finish cooling on a rack.


1 comment

Amelia - June 22, 2013 - 6:51 am

At Easter I wanted to make bright and colorful but not religious, as we have lots of religions where I work, anyway, I started with a sugar cookie recipe, then I broke it into sections and colored these brightly, then I made little balls of each color, or varying sizes, and took the white dough (I didn’t color all of it) and I rolled some of it out, but rather thick, then I put the colored balls out over the surface and carefully rolled them into the white, just pressing them in, then I took a cookie cutter and it was so cool to have random perfect circles on a white cookie. I also rolled long worm shapes, so I had all sorts of geometric patterns, but random and free. Then when I finished cutting out the dough, and there was all this colored dough, I balled it up and rolled it out and made really random colored cookies. This was very cool.

Your cookies brought back good memories, or making, eating, and sharing those cookies.