An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava… these yummy cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava... these cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.

I found a recipe for Cranberry-Orange Baklava Pinwheels years ago. I decided to try them, but tweaked the recipe a bit and added a citrus sauce for additional flavor. I ended up with these delicious Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce!

I’m sure glad I did try this recipe, because these ended up tasting pretty amazing (in my humble opinion). I love the flavor combination of cranberry and orange, and also love how these cute little pinwheels turned out!

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How Many Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels Will This Make?

The recipe makes 20 servings, so there are plenty to serve to holiday guests or a hungry family. The cranberry-orange pinwheels are perfect for a quick breakfast, or they can be served for dessert!

The recipe is a “tweaked version” of a classic Greek baklava. For this cranberry-orange pinwheels recipe you use pie crusts, rather than a traditional phyllo, to make the dough, which makes it much easier to prepare!

Cranberry-orange pinwheels with white chocolate drizzle, cooling on wire rack.
These delicious baklava style cranberry-orange pinwheels are bursting with the flavors of orange, cranberry, cinnamon, and pecans, and are absolutely scrumptious!

The citrus glaze and white chocolate drizzle on top add another layer of FLAVOR, and give little extra sweetness! Grab one, and dig in!

One of the cranberry-orange pinwheels with citrus sauce, on wire rack.

Sure hope you enjoy making AND eating these delicious cranberry-orange pinwheels! The recipe makes 20, so there are plenty to go around! They are delicious! Have a GREAT day!

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
37 mins
An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava... these cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange pinwheels
Servings: 20 servings
Calories Per Serving: 245 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For pinwheels:
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts (2 pie crusts), softened as directed on box
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • cups sweetened dried cranberries (6 oz)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
For Citrus Sauce:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice (processed or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips , melted (for additional garnish, if desired)
To make pinwheels:
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (you can also spray baking sheet with non-stick spray) Unroll the pie crusts; lightly press each piece of dough into a 10 1/2-inch square. Brush each of the squares with melted butter.

  2. Place cranberries, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and orange peel into a food processor (or a heavy duty blender). Cover; process only until mixture is finely chopped. Spread HALF of the ground up mixture on entire surface of pie crust square, dividing equally. Repeat with 2nd pie crust square. Roll each of the pie crusts into a log shape; pinch the edges of the dough tightly together to seal. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg and water until blended. Using a pastry brush, brush egg mixture over the surface of each log. Using a sharp,serrated knife, cut each log into 10 equal-sized slices. Place each slice, with cut side up, 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. If any filling falls out, just push it back inside the slice.

  4. Bake the pinwheels at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes (or until golden brown). While pinwheels are baking, make Citrus Sauce.

Make Citrus Sauce:
  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, salt and cornstarch. Gradually stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and water. Stir and cook over medium heat; bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in grated lemon and orange rind. Set aside.

  2. Once pinwheels are done baking, remove from oven. Move them off of baking sheet (but still on the parchment paper!) to a wire rack to cool. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of the Citrus Sauce onto the top of each slice. Let cool. Once citrus sauce has cooled, drizzle each slice with melted white chocolate (if desired). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The original recipe, as written, calls for 1/2 cup honey (1 teaspoon honey per slice) over the tops of the pinwheels (*instead of the citrus sauce and white chocolate drizzle I added). I wholeheartedly prefer the taste of the citrus sauce on these pinwheels, but wanted you to know this is another option.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce

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