Rouse your senses with these refreshing little cookies!
Zesty Cranberry Pinwheels incorporate the tart sweetness of cranberries with just the right amount of orange flavor and rich pecans ~ they boast a zesty, slightly sweet filling.
The pinwheels take a little time to make, as the dough requires chilling time. Other than that, they’re fairly easy to make; just be sure to tightly roll the dough into a log.
You will love the fragrant aroma that fills the house while they’re baking. Then, all you need to is a cup of coffee, or a little cup of tea to enjoy with these delicious holiday pinwheels!
Zesty Cranberry Pinwheels
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup finely ground cranberries
½ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon orange zest
Spread on dough:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons milk
Make dough and refrigerate one hour:
In a large bowl, combine first 4 ingredients, beat until fluffy.
Combine dry ingredients, add to the creamed mixture.
Refrigerate at least one hour.
Make filling, roll and refrigerate several hours or overnight:
In a small bowl, mix together cranberries, pecans and orange peel, set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch square.
Combine brown sugar and milk, spread over the dough.
Sprinkle with cranberry mixture, leaving ½” edge at edges.
Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style.
Wrap with waxed paper, chill several hours or overnight.
Slice and bake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut roll into ¼” slices and place on a well-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
Let cool on baking sheet for a minute or two.
Makes 42 pinwheels.
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!