Puff Pastry Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels

November 6, 2017

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?


  • Reply Camille Gabel November 6, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    I always have a box of Puff Pastry in my freezer! It’s a must. I’ll have to try these soon with it!

    • Reply Jessica November 6, 2017 at 6:02 PM

      It’s definitely a must for the freezer! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Reply bysarahhalstead November 6, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Yumm!! Those look amazing. I have never used puff pastry before!

    • Reply Jessica November 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

      Oh my gosh! You definitely need to buy a box! There’s so much you can do with Puff Pastry! Thanks!

  • Reply Stephanie November 6, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Holy moly! These look SO good! I am definitely trying these soon.

    • Reply Jessica November 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

      Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Reply Lani November 6, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Thes look amazing, wish I had some right now.

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2017 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Phyrra November 6, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    These look so good! Walnuts are my favorite nuts!

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2017 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks! Walnuts are delicious! I love to use them in so many of my holiday recipes!

  • Reply Jamie Wideman (@MamaMommyMom) November 6, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    I love the flaky, crispy texture of puff pastry!

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM

      Isn’t it delicious? I love it, too!

  • Reply Miranda November 7, 2017 at 1:44 AM

    I totally want to recreate these!!

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2017 at 11:23 AM

      I hope you do! Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply kissmytulle November 7, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Puff pastry is the best! It’s like a pantry staple over here.

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2017 at 11:23 AM

      It’s seriously the best to keep on hand! You can do so much with it!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Heath November 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Those look DELICIOUS! We pretty much always have puff pastry in our home lol

    • Reply Jessica November 10, 2017 at 7:52 AM

      It’s always nice to have on hand! Enjoy this recipe!

  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome November 13, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    I love the simplicity! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

  • Reply Kim~madeinaday November 14, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    What a yummy recipe! I need to stop being scare and try puff pastries. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    • Reply Jessica November 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM

      Thanks! I was honestly so scared to use Puff Pastry at first, but it’s SO easy to use! Take the plunge! You’ll love that you did! 😉

  • Reply Sandra Garth November 15, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Baking and listening to Christmas music sounds almost as good as eating one of these.

    • Reply Jessica November 16, 2017 at 7:58 AM

      The whole scenario sounds wonderful to me! Thanks!

  • Reply Miz Helen November 19, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    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

    • Reply Jessica November 20, 2017 at 8:16 AM

      Thanks so much! Have a great holiday!

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  • Reply Kendra November 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    This sounds perfect for holiday parties.

  • Reply Miranda | Slashed Beauty November 21, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    Oh dear goodness these look YUM!!

  • Reply Deb November 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Looks delish and so easy to make!

    • Reply Jessica November 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM

      I LOVE easy baking! Thanks!

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  • Reply Romy November 21, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    This sounds so yummy & easy! Gonna make it for Thanksgiving

    • Reply Jessica November 21, 2017 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks! That’s great! I hope that you and your Thanksgiving guests enjoy these pinwheels.

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    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!
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    • Reply Jessica November 27, 2017 at 8:40 PM

      Thanks so much for the feature! It’s appreciated!

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