Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cranberry- Marmalade Pinwheels

Are you on the hunt for a very tricky recipe? One that will make you pull your hair out? Perhaps let a few choice words spew out? A recipe that takes all day and leaves you feeling frustrated and exhausted at the same time?

Look no further; I present the second cookie in my series of cookies for my annual Cookie Walk Fund Raiser.

Here’s what you need for the filling (which was actually pretty darn tasty)
1 T cornstarch
¾ C whole berry cranberry sauce
¼ C orange marmalade

Cook over low until boiling. Then cool for 1 hour.

Here’s what you need for the cookie (which also was pretty darn tasty)
¾ C brown sugar
½ C butter
1 ¾ C flour
1 t baking powder
1 t grated orange peel
¼ t salt
¼ t allspice (which I love – it made the dough very warm and cozy tasting)

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well – I was reduced to using my hands. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

After everything has had a chance to chill in the fridge, roll the dough out into a 16x8 rectangle on a highly floured surface …use a measuring tape and trim away excess.  Spread the cranberry marmalade mixture over.  Then simply ('simply'.... yeah, right…) , cut the rectangle in half and roll each half up into a pretty roll. Be prepared for filling to squeeze out everywhere and for the dough to stick to everything. Wrap (again) and chill in the freezer for a few hours.

When the little logs are sufficiently firm, simply ( 'simply'.... yeah, right…) slice and bake….. 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Use a greased cookie sheet. Remove them immediately with a metal spatula to cool on a wire rack. 

I don’t know why I get these wild ideas to try new and involved recipes. Actually I was rather pleased at how these turned out… they just took some TLC to make. Stay tuned for more Cookie Walk recipes as soon as I recover from making these. 


  1. are you crazy? they look amazing though. Anything that requires a ruler is out of my scope.
    T x

  2. the cookies look delicious! isn't 375 degrees too much? :x
    wait, which degrees? :x you're talking F right? m
    the maximum temperature in my oven is 250 ºC. but i'm gonna try those cookies anyway :)
    you have an incredible blog, im loving reading your posts.
    would you like us to follow each other?

  3. Yummy looking cookies! Perfect for the season!

  4. TO be honest - I know I don't have the patience but truly appreciate that you do!! they are beautiful and I would love to share them with you!
    mary x

  5. For me, when it comes to baking? The bigger the challenge, the sweeter the payoff when it comes out well. As your cookies did...well done, Tracy!

  6. These look like great cookies, but your review doesn't really make me want to try them! :-)

  7. I think they look really tasty
    but don't think I would be able to make them
    as I need the simplest easiest recipes to succeed!

    Well done you.

    Wish I was a good cook.

    Have a very happy Thanksgiving Tracy.

    x Fiona

  8. These look great, I love the pinwheel shape. I think that the hardest part of this recipe for me would be to get the dough into a proper rectangle. I am not very good at rolling out dough.

    You have a great blog and I am now following you!

    I would love it if you stopped by my blog and followed back!

  9. Sometimes we don't know what we're getting into when we come up with our bright ideas to try recipes :-) The ingredients sound like a really tasty combo. Too bad the rolling and slicing part doesn't go so well.


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