Monday, December 4, 2023

Yuletide Bliss Pinwheel Cookies #ChristmasCookieWeek

These fun little pinwheel cookies will surely be a hit this Christmas Season.  Cream Cheese cookies with a dollop of jam in a whimsical form.

Yuletide Bliss PInwheel Cookies

It's time for Christmas Cookies Week......

Jolene of Jolene's Recipe Journal invited us to join her in sharing Cookie Recipes for our readers all week long.  Five Glorious Days of Cookies and it all starts right now!!!

I am excited.  I always find new cookie treats to make each year.  Last year my friend, Colleen, shared a recipe for Sugar Plum Pinwheel Cookies and I fell in love.  I had planned on making them right away but on the day after Thanksgiving 2022 I was out for my morning walk and got smashed by a Ford F250 pickup.  There was no more baking going on in my household however I was blessed and fortunate enough to be out of the hospital and home in time to celebrate Christmas Dinner with my family.

Yuletide Bliss Jam lid

So when Jolene announced Cookie Week 2023, I knew I would make these pinwheels.  I made them my own by changing out the Plum jam for Yuletide Bliss Jam made by our son, Anthony.  This was his featured jam for last year's holiday season.  You can learn more and order his jams by going to his Facebook Page

Before I share this recipe with you, let's take a look at what the others baked up to share today.....
Pinwheel Cookies

These cream cheese cookies with jam filling remind me of Kolatczki, the Polish Christmas Cookie, but with a different shape.  My husband and I made these together.  I made the dough and after it had chilled gave it to him to roll out and cut into 3" squares.  

I then cut each square so that it would have been an X had I cut all the way through leaving enough room to add a dollop of the Yuletide Bliss jam.  Colleen has a nifty diagram in her post to help make the directions clear.  

Pinwheel Cookie Pins

These cookies are not only gorgeous but they taste as good as they look.  I took some with me over Thanksgiving to gift to our friends Keith and Kim and to our son Chuck.  I also packaged some up for the freezer because it was too dangerous to leave them where I could grab one each time I walked by.  They will grace several of my cookie trays and dessert buffets this Holiday season.

Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies are a wonderful Christmas treat but they would also be a fun Summertime Cookie with the Pinwheel theme.  You can use any jam you like in these cookies.  I have a cupboard full of Tony's Sweet Eats jams that I can't wait to use in different variations, holidays, and seasons.

Desserts, Cookies, Cream Cheese, Jam, Holidays
Desserts, Cookies
Yield: 48 cookies
Author: Wendy Klik
Yuletide Bliss Pinwheel Cookies

Yuletide Bliss Pinwheel Cookies

These fun little pinwheel cookies will surely be a hit this Christmas Season. Cream Cheese cookies with a dollop of jam in a whimsical form.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 3 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 pint jar of Yuletide Bliss jam (or your favorite jam)
  • cold water
  • sugar sprinkles


  1. Cream the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and salt in the large bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, until well combined. Add the vanilla and mix for another minute.
  2. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, one cup at a time, until incorporated.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Divide the chilled dough into 4 equal portions. Sprinkle your counter with flour and, using a floured rolling pin, roll a portion to a thickness of about 1/16" (about the thickness of pie dough). Cut the dough into 3x3" squares.
  5. Place the squares onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Use a small, sharp knife to slice each corner towards the middle, leaving the center whole to hold the jam.
  6. Add a dollop of jam to the center of each and then fold one end of the corner into the middle. Continue around the cookie until all 4 corners meet in the middle and the cookie looks like a pinwheel.
  7. Dip your finger into some cold water and press where the cookies meet in the center to seal the dough, then sprinkle with colored sugar.
  8. Repeat until all the dough is used and placed onto cookie sheets.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Adapted from a recipe by Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

7.45 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.6 g

Carbs (grams)

10.87 g

Fiber (grams)

0.26 g

Net carbs

10.6 g

Sugar (grams)

3.83 g

Protein (grams)

1.18 g

Sodium (milligrams)

63.07 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

19.95 mg


  1. Oh my gosh, that jam (and the cookies) sound amazing!

  2. Love that you used this recipe...and that you got some help in the kitchen baking these cookies. I can't see B.O.B. Bob ever baking cookies with me. Also, I can't wait to order some of this'll be a great Christmas gift for my jam-loving father!

  3. These look so fun to eats! And Tony's jams are wonderful! So many great flavors.

    1. He is very creative. Sometimes he will hand me a jar and I will look at the ingredients with some doubt but one taste and I am sold.

  4. I love the sound of the jam and these cookies really put me in a festive mood. Going to check out that jam!

  5. The flavor of the jam as well as the cookies are awesome!


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