As you know, I spent the last couple of weeks in Minnesota. I was visiting my sister and her family. We don’t get to see each other often because we’re both military families. When we do, though, we have such a fantastic time!
The best part about this particular trip was spending time with these three amazing boys. These are my nephews. The oldest, N., is at the bottom with S. in the middle and G. up top. This was the first time I got to see them in two and a half years, so you can imagine how excited I was. We had such a fantastic time! We spent a glorious day on Lake Superior and walking around the city of Duluth, shopping and sightseeing.
We also baked together while I was there. We made cookies and cupcakes, decorated them, and ate way too many when we were all done! We decided to do Fourth of July themed treats, since it’s right around the corner, and they turned out great. Rather than starting from scratch, we used a boxed cupcakes mix and store bought refrigerated sugar cookie dough.
Finally, there’s little G., my youngest nephew. He’s a complete ham for the camera, and still wants to be held every chance he gets, even though he’s getting so big now. And, of course, he’s always ready and waiting to give out hugs.
My sister and her husband have done a hell of a job raising a family of epic huggers.
When we started baking, G. thought it was hilarious to flour our faces (hence my flour tipped nose above).
I’ve seen pinwheel cookie cutters all over the internet, but I didn’t see the point in wasting money on one when they were pretty basic. Instead, I cut out a square of thick paper to act as a template. This one is three inches square. You can make them even smaller, but I wouldn’t recommend going any bigger, as they become to top heavy to stand in the cupcakes. You could also use a square cookie cutter if you have one.
Once all of the cookies were cut, I sliced each corner in about three-quarters of an inch. Then we all took turns folding in every other corner until the points met int he center. Last, but not least, we gently pushed festive straws into the cookies to act as sticks.
These are the baked pinwheels. Admittedly, they turned out a little flatter and more spread out than I anticipated, but I believe it’s from using store bought, slice and bake cookie dough, rather than dough meant specifically for rolling out. I would recommend a homemade rolled sugar cookie recipe (linked below) for these, if you have the time for it.
With practice, we all got some pretty cute cookies out of the day, and they looked fantastic in the cupcakes. I wouldn’t recommend the Wilton Sparkle Gels for this job in the future though. It’s very runny and all of the cookies started dripping on the cupcakes. Not that we cared…they tasted just as good in the end! But I would recommend a decorator frosting (linked below), or a royal icing or something similar (also linked below).
If you’re looking for a fun, fast, kid-friendly treat to make for the holiday weekend, these certainly fit the bill. They’re festive and easy, and they look perfect for Independence Day! Enjoy!
Pinwheel Cookie Cupcake Toppers
1 recipe Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 recipe Decorating Frosting OR
1 recipe Sugar Cookie Icing
1 recipe Cupcakes