Walnut Potica Pinwheel Cookies

Potica is a traditional Slovenian pastry, but here we achieve the same spiral effect in cookie form versus pastry for quicker bake time.

Walnut Potica Pinwheel Cookies
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Freeze Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
40 cookies


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup walnut pieces, finely ground

  • 2 tablespoon honey

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. In a large bowl beat 1 cup of the butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add 2/3 cup of the sugar and the salt. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in 1 egg and the vanilla. Beat in flour.

  2. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  3. For filling, in a medium bowl stir together ground walnuts, the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp. butter, the honey, egg yolk, and milk.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Spread walnut filling over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges. Cut rectangle in half crosswise. Tightly roll up dough halves, starting from short sides; pinch to seal edges. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap; freeze about 1 hour or until firm enough to slice.

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

  6. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove; cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Folate, total 16.6mcg

*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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