Tis the season when I take any excuse to bake delicious things! I got things started early this year making these delicious little Finnish treats for the blog.
I studied abroad in Finland when I was a teenager so I always try to make some of these treats for the holiday season as a little treat that takes me down memory lane. Christmas in Finland is magical and snowy like New York. These pinwheels go great with mulled wine or coffee around the fire. They are also a lovely treat to make for friends and family as a wee treat.
The recipe makes about 26 cookies and you can chill or freeze them before the holidays get crazy! We've paired it with a delicious mulled wine recipe that is out of this world good. Cause wine > coffee am I right?!
- 1 orange
- 3 lemons
- 12 cloves
- 2 clementines
- 2 x 750ml bottles red wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 150g / 1/2 cup of sugar
Peel the zest very thinly from the orange and lemons using a peeler. Squeeze out the juice and set aside.
Pour the wine, 2 cups of cold water, citrus juices, and peel into a large, heavy-based saucepan.
Add the cloves clementines, and cinnamon sticks to the mixture.
Bring the mixture just to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover the pan with the lid, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour. Don't let the mixture fully boil or the alcohol with simmer off.
Stir in the sugar gradually during cooking, until the mulled wine is sweetened to your liking (you may not need all of the sugar).
Strain the mulled wine and serve with your Joulutorttu!
- 4.5 ounces softened butter
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1⅞ cup flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 orange, zested
- a pinch of salt
- ¾ cup pitted prunes
- In a large bowl whisk together softened butter, the orange zest, salt and sugar.
- Add one of the eggs egg and whisk into butter mixture
- Sift together the flour and baking powder and add them into the butter/egg mixture.
- Knead the dough until all ingredients are combined, wrap it in a plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
- While the dough is chilling, puree the prunes until smooth.
- On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to ⅛-1/16 inch thick. If it's too thick, the dough may break during shaping.
- Cut out squares in the dough that are 2.5 х 2.5 inches.
- Transfer the squares on the 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Make diagonal cuts in each corner of every square about 2 inches to the center.
- Lift one corner of a square and fold it into the middle. Fold the next corner onto the previous one. Continue folding 2 more corners until your cookies have a pinwheel shape. Lightly press in the center of the cookies and place there about a teaspoon of prune jam.
- Brush cookies with a beaten egg and
- Bake in a preheated to 390 F/190 C oven for 9-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Just before serving, sprinkle with an icing sugar.