Cream Cheese Pinwheels


One of my fondest Christmas season memories growing up was our family “open house” which we held the Sunday between Christmas and New Year.  My siblings and I would help mom bake for a week leading up to this much anticipated day.  The house was filled with tantalizing smells and the party always ended too soon.

These pinwheels were always one of the favorite cookies we served.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we always do!

These cookies are fast and easy to make but do need time for the dough to chill (1.5 hours total) so plan ahead.


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Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Course cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 dozens
Author Valerie Remy-Milora


For the cookie dough

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For the filling

  • 1 cup fruit preserve -- we use raspberry or apricot
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Making the dough:

  • Break butter into pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the cream cheese.  blend until creamy.
  • Add flour and vanilla and pulse until all ingredients are blended.
  • Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Making the cookies

  • On a floured surface roll one half at a time into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thin.
  • With a spatula spread a thin layer of 1/2 of the preserves onto rectangle.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  • Roll up tightly, warp in plastic warp and freeze until firm (about 1/2 hour).
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • When firm cut roll into 1/4 inch slices and place onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until golden, bout 12 minutes each batch.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely on wire rack.


Here are a few variations for the filling that are just as yummy:

  • Orange marmalade and dark chocolate chips
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon with chopped pecans.



  1. Sounds delicious–will make this season! Thanks Val 🙂


  2. alicia szemon says:

    this sounds really good(: i would love to make this for breakfast

  3. Maria Montero says:

    These are perfect for when craving a sweet !

  4. oooh I love that it has preserves in it. Thank you for sharing these cookies with us.

  5. Thanks for sharing this, I have been in the mood for cookies all week.

    • These are a family favorite Terry. The beauty is that one recipe makes a lot of cookies so you can enjoy a few and freeze a dozen of two to have on hand for when those cravings hit 😉

  6. Beverley Press says:

    this is such a great idea! thank you xoxo

  7. Lisa Ogle says:

    Love these, thanks for sharing.

  8. Amber Ludwig says:

    Yum!! these look seriously amazing!! I love the addition of preserves!! I can’t wait to whip these up!!

  9. WOW! These sound so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  10. These look really good. I love cream cheese.

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