Traditionally these tarts are made with pastry and filled with a jam. The most popular shape for these Joulutorttu is the star design.

Ingredients of FINNISH PINWHEEL COOKIES 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheese
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • Cranberry Port Preserves
  • Confectioners’ sugar

How to Make FINNISH PINWHEEL COOKIES 

  1. Pour flour, cold butter, and salt in food processor and mix until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add ricotta and milk, and pulse until dough comes together.
  3. Divide dough into equal portions.
  4. Give shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap for overnight in the fridge.
  5. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  6. Working with one disk of dough at a time, roll dough to ⅛-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Using a square cutter, cut dough, and place on prepared pans.
  8. On each square, make 4 cuts at corners diagonally toward center.
  9. Place 1 teaspoon Cranberry Port Preserves or any sweet sauce in center of each cookie.
  10. Fold every other tip over toward center, make a pinwheel.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. Decorate with confectioners’ sugar.