Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels

READY IN: 33mins
Recipe by Charlotte J

May take a little longer to make but your family and friends are worth it. Chill dough at least 4 hours.

Top Review by justcallmetoni

These were just lovely. I really enjoyed using pecans as a change from the more common pairing of cranberries with walnuts. Since the center of my holiday trays are a spritz cookie, I tend to make all of my other cookies rather small. So, a half batch of this left me with 3 dozen one to one and a half inch cookies. In a bit of a rush so I popped my logs into the freezer for 90 minutes and that worked rather well. The cookies held their shape nicely though it added a minute to the baking time. The dough is tender with a good crispiness. Loved the tartness of the cranberries - one of my favorite fall flavors. I'm planning to keep this in my list of favorites but will probably add a little more orange zest and maybe some nutmeg to the cranberry filling. Thanks!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For filling, in a food processor bowl combine cranberries, pecans, and brown sugar.
  2. Cover; process until cranberries and nuts are finely chopped; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add baking powder, and salt.
  5. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl.
  6. Beat in eggs and orange peel until combined.
  7. Beat in flour.
  8. Divide dough in half.
  9. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  10. Roll half of the dough between pieces of waxed paper into a 10-inch square.
  11. Spread half of filling over dough square to within 1/2 inch of edges.
  12. Roll up dough.
  13. Moisten edges; pinch to seal.
  14. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap.
  15. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  16. Chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  17. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices.
  18. Place slices 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  19. Bake in a 375° oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.
  20. Cool on a cookie sheet for 1 minute.
  21. Transfer to wire rack and let cool.

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