These cookies were a nightmare. They need far too much work to make them happen. The dough is insanely sticky and impossible to roll, way too difficult to warrant the effort. I bake every year for Christmas and I'm no stranger to complicated recipes. But this? The only reason I didn't throw them out and move on to something easier (like, advanced calculus) was because I am stubborn, and the cookies weren't going to win. I hated every moment of working with them. I'll never do it again.
Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies
From EatingWell: October/November 2005
These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need.
10 Reviews for Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies
These were somewhat time-consuming, but I didn't mind, considering the work gave me two long cookie rolls and lots and lots of cookies. I cut the sugar a bit, but in future I'd cut it more, or leave out the dried cranberries and use only fresh--these were sweeter than I like. I might also cook them longer--they softened up too quickly in storage, becoming too spongy for my taste, more like a cake than a cookie. I feel like this recipe has potential to be much better, though, and so I might experiment with it sometime.
Way too much work for this result. It really takes a lot of time to make these cookies and they are not worth it. They are absolutely too sweet, the flavor of orange is too strong. I won’t be making them again.
I actually used a different recipe for the filling - BHG Cinnamon Sugar Roll Cookies filling - but liked this dough recipe better (less butter!) This dough tasted like the cousin to the krumkake (thanks cardamom) and would go great with a glass of milk or tea. My only complaint is the time to make these - granted you could make them ahead and pop out of the freezer whenever you want. Make sure you keep the dough cold while you're slicing. If it gets sticky you'll be better off sticking it in the freezer than trying to wrestle the dough off your fingers
i made these last year for christmas and they were such a hit, extremely tasty- not too sweet and ever so slightly tart, super adorable (which is why i did it in the first place, that swirl is amazing) I remember it being a bit involved me to do, but I think all baking is too involved since i'm mostly a cooking meals kindof girl and I will totally make these again this year.
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