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Finnish Pinwheels Recipe

Finnish Pinwheels Recipe

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 YIELD:42 servings

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 pound pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 1/2 pound pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • PASTRY:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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