Authentic Hungarian Pinwheels

Authentic Hungarian Pinwheels

Hi there! I’m Margaret Anne, author of the popular food blog Natural Chow, health food enthusiast, and chocoholic. I’ve got a delicious, healthy, and easy recipe for you today that you and the whole family are sure to love!

My grandfather immigrated from Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution in 1958, so Hungarian culture and cuisine is something I’ve been made very familiar with. These authentic Hungarian pinwheels are super easy to make and only use 6 ingredients!

They may look fancy, but these tender, flaky pinwheels couldn’t be easier to make! The 3-ingredient dough is prepared in a stand mixer, rolled out, and cut into squares. Then you add a spoonful of jam, preserves, berry sauce, or pie filling and bring each corner of the dough square to the center. Easy peasy!

Here’s a visual of how to fold the pinwheels:

Kids love to help with the process of making these pinwheels, and since you use a plastic ravioli cutter to cut the dough, it’s safe for kids to help with most steps of the process.

While you could serve these as a snack or dessert, they also make great party appetizers or holiday treats! Me and my family baked a couple of batches, put them in cute little tins, and gave them as Christmas gifts one year.

I like to use homemade strawberry jam to fill these tasty pinwheels to make it a healthy treat.

I’ve never tried making these with gluten free flour, as my family likes to keep the recipe as authentic as possible, but if you can’t have gluten I recommend trying these using Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. It works perfectly as a substitute for wheat flour in all of the recipes I’ve tried it with, so I think it’d be worth a go in these delicious pinwheels.

Authentic Hungarian Pinwheels
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Hungarian
Serves: 10
  • 8 oz. full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup strawberry jam (or filling of choice)
  • 1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the cream cheese and butter and whip until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the flour and stir until a loose dough has formed.
  3. Dump the mixture out onto a floured word surface and gently knead the dough until a cohesive dough forms. Roll it out into a ¼-inch thick rectangle and cut into 3x3 inch squares using a ravioli cutter.
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet carefully. Using the ravioli cutter, cut the dough diagonally from each corner ¾ of the way to the center. Repeat with all squares of dough. Place 1 tablespoon of jam in the center of each pinwheel.
  5. Fold each corner towards the center of the pastry, using the pictures above as a guide. Lightly brush the pastries with the prepared egg wash.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Have you ever made Hungarian pinwheels before? Let me know in the comments below!

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