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Finnish Pinwheels

 Finnish Pinwheels
Meet the Cook: My sister was hosting an exchange student from Finland not long ago. When she served a plate of 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! Both my husband and I are retired teachers, living on the shore of Lake Superior. We have one grown son. -Ilona Barron, Ontonagon, Mi
42 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min./batch

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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place one ball at a time on a floured surface and roll to 1/8-in.

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Finnish Pinwheels (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.