Bowling In The Basement And Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies / My Friend's Bakery

When I was a little girl, we used to spend Easter at my grandmother’s house. As a matter of fact, we rarely had any holiday celebrations at home. Holidays were almost always at either grandma’s house (mom’s side) or baba’s house (dad’s side). I couldn’t imagine the holidays any way other than surrounded by cousins, aunts and uncles, and family.

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies / My Friend's Bakery

On my mom’s side, there were 21 grandchildren. Can you imagine what Easter was like? All those kids too excited to sleep and all hopped up on chocolate? Yeah, just picture it. It was exactly what you think it was like. Twenty one kids in church for an hour and a half, squirming in the pews, poking each other, fussing with Easter shoes that pinched because Heaven forbid you wore them ahead of time to get the kinks out.

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies / My Friend's Bakery

After church we’d all squish into a couple of cars because nobody wore seat belts in those days, and off we went to grandma’s house. Toe pinching shoes, off. Neck choking ties, off. There was no video games to play and grandma only had one TV, so we had to find ways to entertain ourselves after church on Easter Sunday until dinner was ready.

I remember bowling in the basement with glass Pepsi bottles. Bowling with baseballs and knocking over glass bottles on a cement basement floor! What???? Who does that? We did!

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies / My Friend's Bakery

I remember playing hide and seek in the closets, jumping from one bed to the other in the yellow bedroom, doing somersaults and flips, and creating a general ruckus! The noise level must have been deafening, but I don’t remember any of the adults complaining.  As long as nobody ended up in the hospital, it was all good, but it was like a circus, let me tell you.  Definitely like a circus. With cotton candy.

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies / My Friend's Bakery

Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

A delicious, soft cookie that isn't overly sweet.


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (3 g / .10 oz) cotton candy flavor Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mix
  • pink gel paste food coloring
  • assorted nonpareils, sprinkles, or colored sugar


With an electric mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.

Separate the dough into 2 equal portions. Leave one portion of dough in the bowl and add the cotton candy flavor package. Mix until incorporated. (The dough will turn the blue color.) Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a piece of parchment paper and set it aside.

Add the other portion of dough back into the mixing bowl. Add a drop of pink gel paste food coloring and mix until incorporated. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a piece of parchment paper and set it aside.

Using floured hands, pat each dough ball into a small square. Gently roll each of the portions of colored dough into squares that are approximately 9" x 9". A small amount of flour can be used to ensure that the rolling pin does not stick.

Use a small pastry brush, moistened with water and lightly brush the top of the blue square. Carefully flip the pink dough square onto the blue square, trying to get the squares to line up as best as you can. Use the rolling pin to roll the layered dough into a larger square that measures about 12" x 12". Use a small pastry brush, moistened with water and lightly brush the top of the pink dough.

Beginning on one side, tightly roll the dough until it reaches the opposite side. Lightly pinch the seam if necessary.

Use a small pastry brush, moistened with water and lightly brush the the cookie dough log on all sides. Roll the dough log in nonpareils, sprinkles, or colored sugar. Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Remove the dough log from the freezer and cut off 1/4" slices. Place the slices on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.


Recipe Adapted From Company's Coming - Cookies

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    • My Friend's Bakery says:

      Thanks Yelena! I think this would be cute for a baby shower too, especially if the baby’s gender is a secret!

  1. SpinninJenny says:

    I just found this recipe and think they’d be great for Easter. Duncan Hinds no longer makes the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mixes. Do you have any suggestions to replace the cotton candy flavor this cookie?

    • My Friend's Bakery says:

      Oh that’s too bad! You could use food coloring for the colors, then I would suggest you find candy oil flavorings for the flavor. Usually available in craft stores or wherever you can buy candy making supplies like Amazon or directly from a website. A standard brand would be LorAnn. Their website is and they do have a cotton candy flavor.

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