I love pretty decorated cookies, but I don't love to bake the actual cookie. So I have a shortcut for Christmas Swirl Cookies that will save you time and will look like you slaved away! These red and green swirl cookies are adorable and won't last either!
Christmas Swirl Cookies
Here is my shortcut for making these pretty Christmas Swirl Cookies. BUY the sugar cookies from the bakery! Making sugar cookies is not something I enjoy doing. I will admit that my cookies usually aren't the greatest and rolling them out, cutting them out…is too time-consuming for me.
I go to the bakery and buy a dozen regular size round sugar cookies. BOOM—major part of this project is already done.
Now I know that many of you are more talented in the kitchen and baking areas than I am and buying premade cookies may go against everything you believe in! If that is the case….feel free to make the homemade sugar cookies.
How to Make Christmas Swirl Cookies
- First off if you decided to bake your own homemade sugar cookies from your secret family recipe…do that now and allow the cookies to cool before starting on the frosting.
- Using a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy
- Mix in the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract until combined and smooth
- If the frosting is to thin, mix in 1/4 C more of powdered sugar until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer.
- Divide the frosting into two bowls and add green gel food coloring into one bowl and the red gel food coloring into the other bowl. Stir the frosting bowls well and add more food coloring to get the desired shades of red and green.
- Place piping bag in a drinking glass and fold the edges over the sides of the glass so that the frosting can easily be scooped into the bag.
- Scoop the red frosting into one side of the piping bag and the green frosting into the other side of the piping bag.
- Pipe the frosting onto the cookies starting from the middle of the cookie and going around to the edge of the cookie
- Allow frosting to slightly harden for an hour before enjoying!
What Other Christmas Treats Are You Making?
Do you have other Christmas treats on your baking agenda for this year? Be sure to make some of my favorite Orange Sliced Cookies…these take me back to childhood. Another kid favorite is making these easy Grinch Cookies! These are perfect for the kid table. Let me know how your Christmas swirl cookies turn out.
What is filling your treat platters this year?
Red and green Christmas swirl cookies are so festive and easy to make. These playful swirl cookies look beautiful on a platter if they last that long.
If you prefer to bake homemade sugar cookies go ahead and bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe. The cookies need to be round and sturdy enough to hold the frosting. Allow the cookies to cool before you start putting the frosting on top. If you are like me you can just buy some ready made sugar cookies at the bakery and get right to decorating.
Place the butter into a standing mixer bowl and beat on medium until creamy.
Mix in the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until combined and smooth. *If the frosting seems too thin just add in more powdered sugar. Start with 1/4 cup more.
Divide the frosting into two bowls and add red gel food coloring to one bowl and the green gel food coloring to the other bowl.
Mix each bowl of frosting until the colors are as bright as you would like them to be.
Take your piping bag and place it inside a drinking glass and fold the edges over the sides of the glass.
Scoop the red frosting into one SIDE of the piping bag and the green frosting into the OTHER side of the piping bag.
Starting at the center of each cookie pipe the frosting in a circular swirl pattern going toward the outside of the cookie.
Let the cookies set for about an hour so the frosting can harden slightly before eating.