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raspberry pinwheels disaster

December 9, 2008

This is a picture of a pinwheel train wreck.

Another Christmas cookie from Real Simple.  Note to self:  never ever ever make cookies that involves manipulating the dough more than ‘drop by spoonful onto baking sheet’.  ‘Rolling into balls’ is usually ok.  But ‘roll out dough on floured surface’?  NO.

Red raspberry jam oozed everywhere.  My pinwheels topped over.  Some of the pinwheels came unravelled.  It was an unmitigated disaster.

I salvaged the cookies that looked halfway presentable and put them in the tin.  The rest will be consumed by my kids, who thankfully aren’t food stylists or Top Chef judges.

The dough is sweet because it contains cream cheese.  These classics taste like Christmas, if you close your eyes and just pop them in your mouth.  Just don’t look at them very closely.  In fact, don’t look at them at all.  These are the closed eyes version of the Real Simple recipe.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Leanna permalink
    December 18, 2008 7:30 am

    I found a great recipe for raspberry poinwheels on the web at:,0,3094189.story? coll=hc-headlines-custom2 , just copy link and check it out. I was able to salvage this “Real Simple” recipe because I had already made the dough. The jam may run out a little when baked, but it still looks really good because of the shape of the cookie. I suggest if you already made the dough, follow the recipe on the link from where it says to refridgerate.

  2. Giselle permalink
    December 18, 2008 5:47 pm

    I think your mistake was cutting them too thin. I made mine (cut them about 1 1/2″ wide) and no jam spilled out. They were delicious and I received a lot of compliments.

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