It’s a cookie, it’s an ornament, its a cookie ornament!

Wait, what? Are none of you Aunts to a niece who thinks Pillow Pets are the greatest things on earth? Well I am, and the jingle has been stuck in my head all the way back since her birthday…in September…

These cookies may possibly be one of my favorite Christmas cookies to make, but only because they look so much more impressive then they really are. They make a perfect decoration and treat for any holiday party! If you have a mini tree (or if you don’t, they sell pre-lit ones at Walmart for 8$), just string some together on any festive ribbons, and hang them right before your guests arrive. Then, whenever they are ready, they can eat them right off the tree! It sounds kind of cheesy, but I have seen it done quite beautifully.

Pinwheels can seem a little hard to do when you are just reading the instructions, so to make them as easy as they are, here is your step by step photo instructions!

Place 1 disk of dough (see bottom for recipe) on a floured surface with floured rolling pin.

Roll dough into 10-inch by 7 1/2-inch rectangle.

Remove edges with a knife, to create a perfect rectangle.

With a knife, cut rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips.

Then cut each strip crosswise into 3 squares.

Place squares, 1 inch apart, on a parchment paper lined large cookie sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon Nutella in center of each square.

With knife, make a cut from each corner toward center (do not cut all the way to center).

Fold every other tip in to center to form pinwheel.

Repeat with remaining squares. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. At this point, if you would like to create a hole for a ribbon, using a straw, press it into the thicker part of one of the wheels of the pinwheel. The actual cookie will stay inside of the straw, leaving a perfect hole for ribbon. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels

Yield: 24 cookies

Recipe Note: Pinwheels are easily adapted. You can add sprinkles like I did or dust them with sugar crystals for a glistening look. You can also use jam for the filling instead of Nutella to add a different flavor combo AND to save even more calories! And lastly, you can get a different flavored cookie by using Almond Extract instead of Vanilla.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 cup(s) sugar
6 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup(s) prepared chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella)

Directions:

On a sheet of waxed paper, stir flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar with butter until creamy. At low speed, beat in egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom until mixed. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. (Or, place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place dough (see bottom for recipe) on a floured surface with floured rolling pin. Roll 1 disk of dough into 10-inch by 7 1/2-inch rectangle. Remove edges with a sharp knife, to create a perfect rectangle.

With a sharp knife, cut rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips. Then cut each strip crosswise into 3 squares. Place squares, 1 inch apart, on a parchment paper lined large cookie sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon Nutella in center of each square. With knife, make a cut from each corner toward center (do not cut all the way to center). Fold every other tip in to center to form pinwheel.

Repeat with remaining squares. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. At this point, if you would like to create a hole for a ribbon, using a straw, press it into the thicker part of one of the wheels of the pinwheel. The actual cookie will stay inside of the straw, leaving a perfect hole for ribbon. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Each cookie is 95 calories (made with Nutella, to save even more calories make them with Jam!)

Adapted from Good Housekeeping