Cranberry Pinwheel Cookies

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 15m
Ready In

"These tasty cookies look nice on the holiday cookie platter. Prep time includes time to chill dough"

Original recipe yields 42 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (16.2 g)
  • Calories 65.6
  • Total Fat - 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 10.9 mg
  • Sodium - 39.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 4.6 g
  • Protein - 0.9 g
  • Calcium - 7 mg
  • Iron - 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl occasionally.

Step 2

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine cranberries, walnuts and orange peel; set aside.

Step 4

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch square.

Step 5

Combine brown sugar and milk; spread over the dough then sprinkle with the cranberry mixture, leaving about a 1/2-inch edge at both ends of the dough.

Step 6

Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style. Wrap with waxed paper; chill several hours or overnight.

Step 7

Pre-heat oven to 375F. Coat cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, or grease with shortening. Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until edges are light brown.

Step 8

Cool on wire rack.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



These cookies are not only pretty, but they are quite tasty. Love the cranberries in them, but I did go over a bit too much with the nuts which I wish I hadn't because it overpowered the cranberries. My mistake, next time, I'll know to keep in eye on the amount of nuts that I decide to use. They all disappeared, so yeah, they were enjoyed by all. Thank you, Mike, for sharing. Made it for Billboard tag.

review by:
(10 Jan 2022)


These didn't work well for me. I have never made these type of cookies before but found them hard to roll out without breaking apart and my dough/filling did not stay together. Although I made them into drop/ball cookies and they taste great. Not sure where I went wrong.

review by:
(23 Dec 2015)


These are a lot like my Nanny's Date Nut Pinwheels so I decided to make them ahead for my Christmas cookie exchange for work. They went over very well and the dish I brought them on was empty when all was done, so I know they will be enjoyed this holiday season. I of course sampled one, okay, two and they are delicious!

review by:
(14 Dec 2014)


Great cookies. I made some to bring to work for them to taste test. They passed with flying colors, so I will be making them again for my cookie trays!

review by:
(11 Dec 2013)


These will be added to my cookie trays for my family this year. The cranberry nut combination is divine!

review by:
(10 Dec 2013)