Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies

cranberry orange pinwheel cookies


cranberry vaseFor some, it wouldn’t be Christmas without baking something with cranberries.  They’re colorful, tangy, and good for you to boot.  These Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies are great to bring to a holiday cookie exchange.  The dough can be prepared days ahead of time, which is nice.

I like to use cranberries in decorating as well as baking.  If you’re entertaining, save some cranberries to make this cute candle holder.  I snipped some greens from a shrub in my front yard, layered with cranberries, and added water so they floated to the top.  Next, I added a tealight candle and a little red baker’s twine.  So simple, yet very frugal and pretty!

Frugal Tip:  Many people don’t realize that fresh cranberries can be frozen.  Cranberries are in season right now, so buy them on sale and freeze them for later!

This was originally posted here:  25 Days of Christmas Treats

Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies
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Serves: 24-30
These zesty pinwheel cookies are as pretty as they are delicious!
  • 1½ C. flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ C. butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅓ C. finely chopped fresh cranberries
  • ½ C. finely chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated orange zest
  1. In a bowl, combine the first three dry ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Next, cream the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together. Add dry ingredients until mixture forms a dough. Refrigerate one hour or more.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cranberries, pecans and orange zest.
  4. On a floured surface, roll the dough to a 10″ square. Sprinkle the cranberry/pecan mixture onto the dough, leaving about an inch on each of the ends. Press into dough slightly, then roll in a jelly-roll fashion. Wrap in wax paper and freeze 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375. Slice the dough in ¼″ rounds and place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Bake approximately 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top.


My Holiday Baking is Underway! (Well, kind of.)

My holiday baking is underway, and I couldn’t be more excited. I was BORN rockin’ the Christmas season. LITERALLY. (My birthday is December 25th).  Even though my kids are getting older and roll their eyes at some of my “cutesy” Christmas goodies, I still bake them with love.  These projects allow me to express my craziness creativity in the kitchen in a socially acceptable way.

My first three holiday “baking” projects don’t actually involve turning the oven on at all.  They’re all made using just the stovetop or microwave along with some fun candy embellishments.   They’re perfect for kids to help with, since they love “decorating” the treats.  Plus, if you still have any Halloween candy left over (yeah, I know – unlikely) it’s a good way to use it up.

Last year, I compiled my creations here: 25 Days of Christmas Treats.  My goal this year?  25 new Christmas treats in December.  Don’t worry – I don’t eat them all myself.  I give them to friends and neighbors, send them to my husband’s office – whoever will eat them.  This year, I’ll be featuring them on the Mommysavers Christmas Recipes pages again as well as here on Frugal Bites.

Have a request?  Let me know!  I’m looking for even more ideas for cute Christmas cookies and treats.  I really want to find a cute Elf cookie to go along with all the Elf on the Shelf Ideas I’ve seen.  Anyone have a suggestion?  Leave it in the comments below!


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