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Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels Recipe
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Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels Recipe

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"Here's a nice Christmas cookie with a different shape," Laurel doughty writes from a Fryeburg, Maine. "They are fun to make and very delicious."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 24 whole fresh cranberries
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 cup cranberries, sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until berries pop. Remove from the heat; stir in marmalade and ginger. Set aside.
  3. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 16-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Let stand for 20 minutes. With a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut dough into 4-in. squares. Place 3 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  4. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling into the center of each square. Cut through dough from each corner of square to within 1/2 in. of center. Fold alternating points to each center to form a pinwheel; pinch gently at center to seal. Gently press a whole cranberry in center of each one.
  5. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p7

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

I had to double the filling because the cookie cutter I bought was smaller and I got more cookies out of a batch. This is a family favorite, a unique Christmas cookie.

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

These cookies are almost too pretty to eat. I made them last year for the first time however it has now become a favorite and everyone wants the recipe. They are a little time consuming to make but so worth the extra effort. Thanks Taste of Home!

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