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Cookies – Pinwheel

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Pinwheel Cookies

Soft, buttery, and flakey. Filled with Fruit Jam. Perfect for breakfast, a coffee break, or a holiday gathering.
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine Eastern European
Keyword cookies
Method Oven
Prep Time 4 hours
Baking Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 dozen


  • Stand Mixer
  • Several Baking Sheets
  • Parchment Paper



  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 12 oz unsalted Butter - softened
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 ¼ cups AP Flour
  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar - for dusting


  • ½ Jar Fruit Jam
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese - softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  • Add flour and salt and mix until combined.
  • Transfer dough to a floured work surface, divide into 4 balls, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 Hours or Overnight.
  • Prepare cream cheese filing by beating cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar in your stand mixer.
  • Take dough out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Dust working surface with powdered sugar and roll out each ball to 1/8 inch thick.
  • Cut 3×3 inch squares.

For Pinwheel Shape

  • Using a pizza cutter, cut a 1-inch slit diagonally on each corner of the squares. Using a Pastry Bag, fill centers with 1/2 tsp jam. Bring every other corner of dough together to center and press to seal.

For Kolachi Shape

  • Fill as above. Then fold two opposite corners toward the center to overlap slightly.

Baking Instructions for either…

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Transfer pastries to baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space in between. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Generously dust with powdered sugar.


For Alternate Filling Recipes, see HERE.

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