Mincemeat Pinwheel Cookies

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Pinwheel cookies are a Christmas classic. This version uses pre-rolled puff pastry as the dough, and seasonal mincemeat as the filling. Much easier than the traditional version with two colours of home-made cookie dough stacked and rolled.

Tags: Intermediate, 30 mins, Desserts, Fruit, Rice & Grains, Baking, For the Holidays, New Years, Holiday Insider’s Report 2011
Serves: 44
Skill level: Intermediate
Prep time: 10  minutes
Cooking time: 14  minutes
Total: 24 *  minutes

*freeze time=3 hours, thaw time= 10 minutes

Additional Information

Ingredients

2 tsp (10 mL) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (175 mL) PC Mincemeat
1 pkg (450 g) PC Butter Puff Pastry , thawed

Instructions

  1. In food processor, purée mincemeat for 15 seconds or until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Unroll one sheet of puff pastry onto counter, leaving it on the parchment paper. Spread with half of the mincemeat, leaving a 1/2-inch (1 cm) border bare on all sides. Using parchment paper to help, roll up jelly-roll fashion into a long tube. Gently press on seam of pastry to seal. Wrap in parchment paper, twirling ends to hold in place. Repeat with remaining pastry and mincemeat. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm.
  3. Arrange oven racks so one is in top third of oven and other in bottom third. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove puff pastry from freezer; let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Pour sugar onto rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Unwrap pastry tubes. Use parchment paper to line two baking sheets. Gently roll pastry tubes in sugar to coat. Using sharp knife, trim ends and discard. Cut into 22 slices, each a scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick and place flat on prepared baking sheets. Discard remaining sugar.
  5. Place one baking sheet in top third of oven and other in bottom third. Bake for 6 minutes. Switch baking sheets from top to bottom, rotating them from front to back as well when you switch places. Bake for a further 6 to 8 minutes or until puffed and golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Chef's Tips

Fill puff pastry, roll in parchment then overwrap in plastic wrap and freeze up to 2 weeks in advance.

Nutritional Information

Per 1 cookie serving
Calories 50 Cal
Fat 2.5 g
Sodium 40 mg
Carbohydrate 7 g
Fibre 0 g
Protein 1 g