Snickerdoodle Pinwheels

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

Pretty swirls of cinnamon make an eye-catching cookie for special occasions. From Better Homes and Gardens.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the 1 cup sugar and baking powder.
  4. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  6. Mix in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer and stir in any remaining flour by hand.
  7. Divide dough in half.
  8. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper, roll each half of the dough at a time into a 12x8-inch rectangle.
  9. Remove top sheet of waxed paper.
  10. Brush half of the melted butter over the dough rectangle and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  11. Starting from a short side, roll up into a spiral, removing waxed paper as you roll.
  12. Pinch edges to seal.
  13. Roll in the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat roll.
  14. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and chill about 4 hours or until dough is firm.
  15. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  16. Place slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  17. Bake in a 375° F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm.
  18. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.


Most Helpful

As the other commenters have noted, the recipe comes out a bit flat. I really love the flavor the cream cheese brings to the party and love the look. I would suggest chilling the dough before rolling to help with formation. I found my dough to be a little too sticky. I'm thinking of using the cookie dough as a base for several variations like a ginger peach pinwheel. I've also thought about adding some cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough to add some additional flavor. Not a traditional snickerdoodle, but certainly a basic icebox cookie dough worth having in your arsenal.

Frolic838 December 04, 2007

I love these cookies! They are big hit with family and friends, as well. We love the delicate flavor and the cinnamon/sugar with the cream cheese flavor is wonderful! They are a favorite cookie at our house.

Alaska Mom #1 December 15, 2008

I made these, and the rolls/cookies were nicely formed, easy to roll. They look wonderfull for a cookie tray. However, I agree with Theresa in Chi-town, while I liked them, they did not wow me with flavour, nor were they very buttery. They reminding me of an understated cinnamon bun, but with cookie texture. Could use a bit more kick somehow, but not sure how, maybe a sprinkling of nutmeg and sugar before baking.

skunk galloway December 07, 2004

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