If you love Disneyland and Christmas as I do, then you’ll FLIP for my Mickey and Minnie swirl cookies recipe! Living in Socal you better believe Hubby and I have Disney season passes!
There is no shortage of Christmas cookies recipes — and I’m totally crazy for them all! Each recipe brings something unique to your cookie spread. And these cookies recipe delivers loads of childhood (and adult child) nostalgia with each delicious, buttery bite!
More Christmas cookies to try? My spritz cookies are buttery and truly addictive and a HUGE seasonal favorite and my biscoff cookies have all the spices of the holidays and an irresistible crispy crunch! Christmas crack is a reader favorite so don’t miss it this holiday season!
Let’s bake up some Disney magic!
- Simple cookie ingredients
- Easy to make
- Beautiful design!
- Family fun — kids love helping with these
Cream of Tartar: One of the secret ingredients in this Mickey and Minnie swirl cookies recipe is cream of tartar! When you bake with cream of tartar, it prevents the sugar from crystallizing so your cookies are chewy, not snappy; and it gives a hint of acidic flavor so your cookies have a nice tang.
Softened Butter: Forget to leave your butter out to come to room temp? No worries! Here are a few tricks on how to quickly soften butter.
Mixing: Mixing the dry ingredients in a separate bowl first, also allows you to be able to get out any clumps of flour and to aerate the flour before adding it gradually into the wet ingredients.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
If you do want to store these in the fridge, you can do so for up to 5-7 days — but I guarantee you’ll eat all of these long before then!
Can You Freeze These Mickey and Minnie Swirl Cookies?
Yes! Pop them in a resealable bag and store in the freezer for up to eight months.
Make Ahead Tips
The dough in this Mickey and Minnie swirl cookies recipe needs to chill overnight, so definitely plan ahead! Skipping the chilling step means the butter won’t set and your cookies will spread too much and lose their shape.
Make the dough the day before you want to bake with it, then store it in the fridge until ready!
What fun flavor shake-ups can we bring to this already perfect Mickey and Minnie swirl cookies recipe? Plenty!
- Add ginger. Use dried ginger-like in my soft gingerbread cookies.
- Use chocolate. Add in cocoa powder or chopped chocolate chunks for chocolate Christmas cookies or chocolate shortbread cookies.
- Make it softer. Nix the cream of tartar or harness other yummy texture methods with Christmas butter cookies or my delicious cream cheese spritz cookies.
Want even more Christmas cookies recipes? Of course, you do! Try these:
- Italian Fig Cookies
- Almond Crescent Cookies
- Candy Cane Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Mickey and Minnie Swirl Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- red and green food coloring
- Wilton holly melody sprinkles
- 1 box Wilton royal icing bow transfers
- 1 tube white cookie icing
- In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, add butter, powder sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix on medium speed until the mixture is fluffy.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Add flour mixture gradually to butter mixture with the mixer on low until combined. Turn dough out onto the lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces.
- Return one piece of dough to the mixer and add 1/4 teaspoon of green food coloring (or more as desired) and mix until color is even. Repeat with the second piece of dough and red food coloring.
- Place a sheet of parchment on the counter and lightly sprinkle with flour. Place the red dough on parchment then cover with another sheet of parchment and roll dough into a rectangle 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, trim the edges of the rectangle to clean edges. Repeat with plain dough. Carefully place the plain dough on top of the red dough. Using the parchment paper below to help, row the stacked dough into a log. Cut the log in half and roll on half into a smaller log for ears. Wrap cookie logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Repeat the above steps with green dough and second plain dough.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place a big circle and two small circles onto the cookie sheet in the shape of Mickey's head. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
- Divide cookies into which you want to be Mickey's and which you want to be Minnies.
- Using the cookie icing, add a small dollop on the back of the icing bow and place in the of the big circle between the ears. Repeat with all Minnie cookies.
- Using the cookie icing, pipe on a small dot onto the back of the holly sprinkles and place it into the top right corner of all the cookies. Allow all added decorations to dry 20 minutes before enjoying it.