Orange Cream Spiral Cookies

For a creative pinwheel cookies recipe, give this orange and cream cheese variation a try. Orange zest and white chocolate give it its distinct flavor notes.

Orange Cream Spiral Cookies
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Freeze Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 58 mins
36 cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

  • Orange food coloring

  • ½ cup very finely chopped white baking chocolate

  • ¼ cup orange-color sprinkles or 2 Tbsp. orange-color coarse decorating sugar


  1. In a large bowl beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Divide dough in half. Stir orange zest and orange food coloring into one dough portion. Stir white chocolate into remaining dough portion. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  3. On a lightly floured surface roll each portion of dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Stack orange rectangle on top of white rectangle. Tightly roll up dough, starting from one of the long sides. Place sprinkles on waxed paper. Roll dough in sprinkles to coat, lightly brushing the roll with water if necessary. Wrap roll in plastic wrap; freeze about 1 hour or until firm enough to slice.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Folate, total 15.4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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