These cream cheese jam pinwheel cookies are airy, light and buttery with a sweet raspberry jam. Cream cheese dough and jam are swirled together to make a beautiful Christmas design. Sprinkle them with a little powdered sugar to look like snow.
Today is day 10 of the '12 days of Christmas cookies' here on Modern Crumb!
I love baking festive looking Christmas cookies.
The ones that, visually, really get you excited for the holidays. And these cream cheese jam pinwheels are just that!
The cookie base for these pinwheels are cream cheese and butter, there is actually no sugar in the cookie dough itself.
They are filled with raspberry jam. But you can fill them with any kind of jam you like. You could probably do chocolate or nuts, as well! Just make sure the jam is seedless.
Don't feel intimidated by the swirly whirly shape. These are so quick and easy to make.
My daughter is so impressed with the looks of these cookies, I'm sure you'll have some happy family members if you make these.
These really are such an easy cookie to make. I know they may seem complicated because of the design, but I assure you they aren't.
When it comes to recipes that I share, if I find it a challenge to get to the end result, then it doesn't get published on my blog. Originally these were a completely different cookie.
The recipe is one from my mom, something that we used to make as kids at Christmas time. Except they weren't pinwheels, they were a more delicate cookie that was folded. I adjusted it to work for what I thought would be an easy recipe for my friends on here.
So the pinwheel cookies came to life.
How to Make Cream Cheese Jam Pinwheel Cookies
Here is everything you'll need for these cookies. Are you ready?
Cream cheese, butter, flour, salt and jam. Easy!
The first step is to cream together the cream cheese and butter, this usually takes a couple of minutes. You want it to be fully incorporated together and nice and creamy.
Then, the salt and flour are added. I always sift my flour, so go ahead and sift it first. You can do this in a separate bowl or right over top of your bowl you are already using. No need to add the flour slowly, it all goes in at once. Mix everything together.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes to an hour.
Rolling out the dough will be easy as long as you dust your counter with flour as you go. You'll end up with a big rectangle, like you would when making cinnamon rolls.
The jam gets spread on all over then you roll it up. Again like a cinnamon roll.
You'll need to chill this, so it sets. It's also easier to make your pinwheel cuts if the dough has chilled a bit before slicing. I use sewing thread to make the cuts. Bake and they are done!
For a bit of sweetness you can dust powdered sugar on top after they cool.
Tips and Tricks
Start the dough off by letting the cream cheese and butter soften. Not melted, but softer than they were in the fridge.
While rolling out the dough, halfway through lift the cookie dough up, sprinkle more flour down on the counter and then turn the cookie dough upside down. So that what was facing up, now faces down.
This helps to prevent sticking once you get to the rolling up part.
If your jam is too thick you can put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat it up slowly, this will help to melt it just a bit.
Using sewing thread will help you get perfect cuts, showing off the beautiful spiral. All you do is wiggle the thread under the dough, lift the two sides up, cross the pieces over and pull.
Wait until the cookies fully cool before dusting with powdered sugar.
Dental floss will also work.
The dough may need a bit more flour or longer in the fridge to chill. It's quite soft before chilling.
I haven't tried anything but jam, but chocolate or nuts would be delicious.
They really need to be chilled, after you've rolled it up like a jelly roll. All that rolling out and time spent on the counter the dough has warmed up. Also, using thread to make your cuts with give you the cleanest lines.
I've had success using Bobs Red Mill 1:1 flour in baking, however I haven't tested it with this recipe so I wouldn't be able to say yes or no.
12 Days of Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Peanut Butter Blossoms
- The Best Pecan Sandies Cookies
- Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
- Brown Sugar Walnut Rugelach Cookies
- Christmas Butter Cookies (Tin Can Cookies)
- Christmas Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
- Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
- Christmas Monster Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Hot Cocoa Cookie Bars
- Christmas Snickerdoodles Cookies
- Cranberry Cheesecake White Chocolate Cookies
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ c butter
- 1 ½ c all purpose flour, sifted
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ⅓ c seedless jam, more or less
- Powdered sugar, for sprinkling on top
- Cream together the butter and cream cheese
- Mix in the salt and flour, until combined and a ball starts to form
- Use your hands to roll it into a ball, pressing down on the top so its flat and will be easier to roll out (disc shaped)
- Wrap in plastic wrap
- Chill 30 minutes
- Generously flour your counter
- Put the dough on your counter, sprinkle some flour over top
- Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a 10" x 12" rectangle
- Sprinkle the top with more flour, and roll up the dough in your rolling pin (at this point the dough is still thick enough that it won't break)
- Sprinkle more flour on your counter top
- Flip the dough over, so what was the top is now facing the counter
- Sprinkle more flour on top of the dough and roll it out to a 10" x 30" rectangle
- Spread the jam all over, leaving half an inch bare on one of the longer sides
- Roll the dough up, like you would cinnamon rolls, ending at the side that has the half inch with no jam
- Cut this in half and place both pieces in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Use sewing thread to make ¼” slices *see notes
- Line these up flat, on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake for 17-20 minutes
- Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire cooling rack
- Once they have cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on top
Using sewing thread: slide the thread under the rolled up pinwheel then lift both ends up, cross them over and pull