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Puff Pastry Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels


Tis the season for holiday baking! Get #InspiredByPuff and bake up a batch of festive and delicious Puff Pastry Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels!

We’re quickly heading into the holiday season and I’ve made myself a promise this year.  I’m not going to let myself get overwhelmed with work to the point where I stop enjoying the things I love most about the holidays.  Things like baking up a storm each night while listening to Christmas music.  

The past two years, I haven’t bothered making my usual holiday baking list.  I’ve hardly listened to some of my favorite Christmas albums.  In fact, when family members requested some of their favorite holiday cookies, I sent them the recipe instead.  Bah humbug!  This year, even if I don’t get to make all of my holiday favorites, I still plan on making a few batches of cookies! 

Pumpkin seems to take all of the attention in baked goods this time of year.  As much as I love pumpkin, I also love adding cranberries to my holiday recipes!  They add a slightly tart flavor to sweets and festive color, too.  So I recently tried something new and worked Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry into a Cranberry Walnut Pinwheel recipe that’s perfect for the holidays.

Most of the Puff Pastry pinwheel recipes I’ve seen are made with savory fillings.  I wanted to take inspiration from my holiday cookie list and make a sweet and flaky pinwheel.  These pinwheels bake into a flaky, golden cookie-like treat.  Need a new recipe for your holiday cookie exchange this year?  This is it! 

This recipe starts with a sheet of Puff Pastry that gets brushed with a sweet brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Then, it’s rolled up with dried cranberries and walnuts for a bit of tartness and added crunch.  These pinwheels are an easy slice and bake recipe.  The prep is simple and they only take 15 minutes to bake!

Puff Pastry Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels


  • 1 Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. shelled walnuts, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • Powdered sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with foil and non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Carefully roll out the Puff Pastry Sheet onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the butter mixture onto the Puff Pastry Sheet.
  5. Next, evenly spread the walnuts onto the Puff Pastry Sheet.
  6. Spread the dried cranberries evenly on top of the walnuts.
  7. Carefully begin to roll up the Puff Pastry Sheet.
  8. Wrap with plastic wrap and stick in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, or until firm.
  9. Remove the rolled up Puff Pastry Sheet from the freezer and cut it into slices.
  10. Place pinwheels onto the prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. Allow pinwheels to cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
  13. If you're not serving these right away, store pinwheels in an airtight container.
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I am all about taking baking shortcuts during the holiday season!  Especially when I have so many cookie tins and trays to fill!  Using Puff Pastry Sheets cuts down on prep time.  So while you’re turning on the holiday tunes this Christmas, get #InspiredByPuff!
This batch of Puff Pastry Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels will be long gone before I turn on the holiday tunes and give my oven quite a workout.  But they’ll definitely be a part of my holiday baking menu this season!

Want even more holiday baking inspiration?  Check out these Puff Pastry holiday recipes and the Puff Pastry Pinterest board!  Looking for a savory Puff Pastry appetizer to serve?  Check out my Shrimp Ceviche Cups recipe!


How do you incorporate Puff Pastry into your holiday baking?


  1. Your Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels look delicious!
    Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Our Party for this week will start Tuesday Morning at 8:00 am CST.
    Hope to see you then!
    Miz Helen

  2. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on The Thanksgiving Edition of Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us, enjoy your new Red Plate and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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