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Easy Cinnamon Sugar Pinwheels

These easy cinnamon sugar pinwheels are literally the easiest dessert ever! They taste similar to a cinnamon roll, just a little less fluffy, and just absolutely delicious. My mom would make them every year for Thanksgiving using her leftover pie dough scraps. That's where the recipe originated from and we'd all devour them! I've also included an option to make the dough if you aren't using leftover pie dough scraps!
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cinnamon, dessert, easy, easy dessert, holiday food, pinwheels, sugar, thanksgiving


For the dough: (If not using leftover)

  • cups -1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup ice cold water

For the filling:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • raw cane sugar
  • cinnamon

For the topping:

  • butter
  • brown sugar


  • In a food processor, process the flour, butter & sea salt. Then add in the water & process until it turns into a ball. Form it into a ball on a floured counter. Then push the dough down into a disc & cover with plastic. Store it in the fridge about 30 minutes. (You don't have to chill it, but it just makes the dough easier to work with, either way!)
  • Once the dough has chilled, roll it with a rolling pin (or a wine bottle if you don't have one) into the best rectangle shape you can get.
  • This is where it gets crazy haha because I'm not going to give you measurements. It depends on what dough you're using and how much so just use your eye. You want a nice thick layer of each filling.
  • Spread the inside with a layer of softened butter. Then sprinkle it with as much brown sugar, granulated sugar, & cinnamon as you’d like.
  • Roll it like you would a cinnamon roll into one long log. Cut into about 2in slices.
  • Grease a dish (i used 9x5 loaf pan). Place the pinwheels in there. Spread with dollops of butter & sprinkle of brown sugar! Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until golden brown on top! Enjoy!