Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels

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My car thermometer reads 15 degrees. People, it’s 15 degrees! That’s without the windchill! I don’t want to go anywhere. Why must I have responsibilities outside my home?

Which brings me to my next point.

Stay at Home Moms should be just that – stay at home Moms. That means; others should pick up the groceries, others should drive the kids to preschool, others should clean the driveway, etc… Catch my drift? (I hope my husband is reading this)

Holding onto my hot coffee mug all day long would be seriously ideal. I would switch it up around 3:00 and pour some hot tea. Green, chamomille, lemon…whatever I can find. I just want to stay warm.

But, looking on the bright side, the day is getting longer, and with every day that passes, summer gets closer! YES! Then I will be crying to you about how hot it is out there, and how I don’t want to go outside because I am going to melt. 😛

Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels | | #cranberries #dessert #nuts #recipe #pinwheels #superbowlSo, are you still working on your Super Bowl Menu? I noticed that my menu was missing a couple of desserts! All these appetizers are fine, but we need a bit of sugar, too.

I pulled this cranberry pinwheels dessert recipe out of my Recipe Archive that I have saved on my desktop computer. (Yes, I still have one of those computers. No, I don’t use it… it just sits there, collecting dust. And recipes.)

These little pinwheels made their appearance months ago during an event for a dear friend of ours; we loved them, we ate them, and then I never made them again. I do that quite often, especially since I started blogging. When you have a blog, you can’t make the same thing twice. There’s always something new being added to your table because you need new material for your blog.

I was glad to see that I had never posted a recipe for these little treats because I really wanted to eat a few of them, again.

My Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels are incredibly easy to make. They come together in minutes, and they are kid-friendly. If you have little hands that want to help, by all means, let them. It’s good practice for later on when you want to kick up your feet and make your kids put dinner together and wash the dishes… 😉

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I also have to tell you that this is probably the only time that I will reach for the store bought pie crust, but that is only because the two homemade pie crusts I tried in this recipe, did not work out. The dough was too crumbly and my pinwheels looked like blooming flowers. They were cute, but crumbly.

I used cranberries and walnuts for this recipe, but you can obviously use whatever filling you want. I was thinking of doing a blueberry/lemon/pecan filling next time… that sounds really good, doesn’t it? Or a hazelnut, chocolate chip, apricot filling? That sounds even better!

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Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels
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Serves: Makes 20 cookies
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts (I use Pillsbury Pie Crust)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • honey
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Place the cranberries, walnuts, sugar, and zest in a mixing bowl; mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll out the pie crusts into two squares.
  5. Generously brush the pie crusts with the melted butter.
  6. Spread the cranberry filling on top of the pie crusts.
  7. Roll each pie crust into a log.
  8. Pinch the edges to seal.
  9. Combine the egg and water in a small bowl and beat until well blended.
  10. Brush each log with the egg mixture.
  11. Carefully cut each log into 10 slices.
  12. Place the slices, cut side up, on the prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
  13. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Place pinwheels on a cooling rack.
  15. Spread a teaspoon, or more, of the honey on each pinwheel.
  16. Let cool before serving.
Adapted from Pillsbury


  1. Jenna says

    I know you’re having trouble with the recipe showing, but any chance you remember the quantity of walnuts and if there was anything else besides piecrusts and dried cranberries that was out of the ordinary pantry ingredients? Sending hubby to the store but won’t be making them till tomorrow!

  2. meg says

    The recipe isn’t showing up for me >.< I can only see your post talking about the recipe, but where do I find how to make it? haha thanks!

    • says

      Hi Michelle!

      You can definitely freeze these in an airtight container. If you are going to stack them up, make sure to put wax paper in between each layer. Also, do not defrost in the microwave… just let them stand at room temperature for an hour or two. I hope this helps!

  3. says

    I would absolutely LOVE these! I can’t get enough of cranberries and walnuts – especially together. I’m happy you got a craving for these and pulled the recipe from the desktop. I need these in my life. :)

  4. says

    So cold here too and it won’t stop snowing. It’s so depressing. Yes, the days are getting longer, but I haven’t seen the sun in so many days I can’t even tell. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I don’t leave the house that much, especially when It’s nasty out.

    • says

      HI! :)
      Yes, I think it would be one messy experience. How about using dried blueberries? I have used unsweetened cranberries and unsweetened blueberries in this and it tastes great.

  5. says

    I always have leftover homemade pieces of dough, and this is the best idea to use them! And about that summer, it´s so hot here right now, 95+ and 1000000% humidity, that it might as well be freezing since it´s impossible to be outside!

  6. says

    I’m an entire degree warmer than you, but I would happily exchange that temp. for about six of these pinwheels…please! 😉

    Also, please don’t hate on the desktop computer- some of us still use them. 😛

  7. says

    Oh, Kate… These Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels look divine! I don’t do the store bought pie crust thing (I know, slap me!), but I am really thinking of making these with my cream cheese pastry because it is moist and holds together while still being delightfully flaky. Thanks for sharing your recipe! xoxo

  8. says

    Personally, I don’t think that stay at home moms (or anyone else, for that matter) should be shoveling when the thermometer’s broken and the 2 or 3 that ought to be in front of the 5 is missing. Merely walking my daughter to school and then walking the dog made my face so chapped I needed to pop in and warm up before tackling the driveway and sidewalks. I’m glad I could warm up looking at these pinwheels–I have dried cherries that would go great in them (though probably not enough honey). Never apologize for buying pie crust. You make delicious-looking meals with it, and that’s the whole point, right? (Well, probably the actual deliciousness is the point, but I cannot eat my computer screen). Thanks, Kate!

  9. says

    We had a two day spring “tease” and now it’s back to freezing temperatures again where I live. I am waiting for 70 degree days to be around again… why can’t it always be like that. :)

    I love your philosophy on Stay at home Mothers… I never got my husband to go with that either… I still have to cart the kids about and do all the shopping etc.. They forget we don’t get paid to do all that do we. :)

    Okay… I saved the best comment for last… I want me some of those pinwheels!! YUM! :)

  10. says

    Love that you used pie crust. I use crescent rolls for these. And great filling, & the sparkling sugar on them is awesome.

    “I noticed that my menu was missing a couple of desserts! ” – that never happens to me! lol


    • says

      It never happens to me, either, but it did this time because my husband is on my case about coming up with a variety of appetizers… slipped my mind that we would need some sweets, too! :)


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