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Rhubarb Pinwheels

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.


12 servings

"I LOVE to make this colorful, tart-tasting dessert in the spring, just as Mother always did. As soon as the fresh rhubarb is long enough to pick, I make sure this special dish makes an appearance on our table."


  • DOUGH:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 to 4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • SYRUP:
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Few drops red food coloring, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional


  1. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg and milk; add to crumb mixture, stirring just until moistened. Turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush dough with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar and top with rhubarb. Carefully roll up dough, jelly-roll style, starting with the shorter side. Cut into 1-in. slices. Reshape the slices as needed to form round pinwheels.
  2. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish. For syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Cook and stir until sugar has dissolved. Stir in food coloring if desired. Carefully pour hot syrup over pinwheels. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with cream if desired.

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