Finnish Pinwheels Recipe
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Finnish Pinwheels Recipe

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When my sister was hosting an exchange student from Finland, she served these cookies I'd made to her guest. The young lady instantly recognized what they were. So I know they're still being made in our ancestors' country! —Ilona Barron, Ontonagon, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1/2 pound pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 1/2 pound pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 129 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine dried plums, dates, water and sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in butter. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter as for a pie pastry. Blend in egg, cream and vanilla. Form into two balls.
  3. Place one ball at a time on a floured surface and roll to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 2-in. squares. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Make 1-in. slits in corners. Place 1/2 teaspoon filling in the center of each square. Bring every other corner up into center to form a pinwheel and press lightly. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes or until the points are light golden brown. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Finnish Pinwheels in Country Woman November/December 1992, p31

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peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 215599
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"My Finnish grandma made these (called them "Prune Tarts") every Christmas. Her dough was slightly different - a bit more tender. These are good though! I 'm originally from the UP of Michigan,where we also had a lot of Finns, Slovenians,Croatian and Italians. Oh, the wonderful variety of culinary delights! Gandydancer-lovely to hear your daughters are keeping up baking traditions! We make Croation povatica-same thing, slightly different ethnic spelling and pronunciation."

Olsenmeadowpark User ID: 7904156 214590
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"The filling recipe was fine, but the dough was a struggle. Measurements were accurate but the dough would not come together. I ended up using 1/4 c. ice water and still the dough did not feel right. The cookies came out lumpy (which means the dough was not worked enough). The rerolled dough was like a shortbread which was very good."

gandydancer User ID: 2289205 8603
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"My daughters both make Finnish tarts for Christmas--better than their Finnish grandma made! And Slovenian potica as well, nicer than any I've ever seen. We're from "Da Range" in Minnesota, home to lots of Finns and Slovenians, but live in Maine and Florida these days. BTW, my daughter tried Finnish pulla for the first time this year - it was perfect!"

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