Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Nov. 03, 2022
Here's a nice Christmas cookie with a cheery shape. They're so much fun to make and even more fun to eat. —Laurel Doughty, Fryeburg, Maine
Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups 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.
  3. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 16 x12-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 1/2 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° until lightly browned around edges, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 pinwheel: 178 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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