Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookies

The perfect pinwheel cookie for apple lovers. A light cookie, sweetened with a spiral of cinnamon apple butter.

Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookie Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m about to turn into the biggest baby. It’s getting COLD out there. It’s only a taste really because I know worse is coming but let’s not discuss that yet. I’m going to stick my fingers in my ears and pretend that dreaded ‘W’ word isn’t coming.

The thing is… the cold weather just hit us so fast this year. Usually we have a nice transition from Summer to Fall. No such luck this year. Have you been hit with the cold yet too? It’s in the 40s in the morning lately. Brrrr. I have a feeling I’ll be breaking out the boots and scarves this week! Okay… that’s a definite plus to Fall.

It was chilly yesterday when the kids wanted to ride their bikes, so I hid under a sleeping bag to keep warm. It was quite cozy actually. Silly looking, but totally cozy. The only things that would’ve made it better… a hot drink and/or a fire.

We’re still working on the fire pit idea. Someday… someday! Maybe next year?

Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookie Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Until then, I’ll nibble on these totally scrumptious pinwheel cookies, perfectly flavored for Fall!

I had apple butter just dying to be used in a recipe. This lightly flavored cookie dough pairs perfectly with the sweet cinnamon apple butter filling. It’s a seasonal twist on a family favorite pinwheel cookie.

Soft cookies with a subtle cinnamon flavor and a sweet apple butter filling. A must make for apple fans!

Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookie Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookies

The perfect pinwheel cookie for apple lovers. A light cookie, sweetened with a spiral of cinnamon apple butter.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2/3 C cinnamon apple butter


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg, followed by salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Finally mix in flour, until no streaks remain.
  • Cover and chill dough 1-4 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  • Play dough between two sheets of wax paper. Roll out dough into a large rectangle, to roughly 1/4-inch thick. Spread apple butter in a thin layer over prepared dough, leaving 1/2-inch space around the edges.
  • *If necessary, chill dough 30-60 more minutes if dough is too soft to roll.
  • Roll dough rightly, pinching edges to seal. Wrap in a new sheet of wax paper. Chill 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Slice cookies 1/4-inch thick, spacing 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer cookie sheet to freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just golden. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


Recipe yields 2-3 dozen.
*Rolled dough may be stored within two large straight sided glasses or wrapped in a cardboard paper towel insert, to keep its rounded shape. Alternately rotate dough log occasionally in fridge.
*Dough is soft, chill as needed.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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49 Responses to “Apple Butter Pinwheel Cookies”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 15, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I really love apple butter but never thought to use it like this in a dessert. Love it!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Lauren!

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — September 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

    My husband is crazy for anything apple! I can’t wait to make these.

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

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    Paula — September 15, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I love pinwheel cookies but have never made them like this. Usually the only time I bake them is when making pies, with the leftover pie crust. I like this cookie dough version and I think a trip to the store for some apple butter is in order!
    It’s been very cool here for the past few days as well and I too am dreading the onset of Winter.

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I could probably survive a long cold Fall but the dread of Winter… brrr! We should both stock up on apple butter to get us through :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — September 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    bahaha @ your sleeping bag! You’re a better mom than me – I just look from the window when it gets too cold.

    I love spiral cookies! They always look so fancy!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      The little ones can’t be trusted without supervision and free roaming lol

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    Jessica | Saucy Pear — September 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I’m a big fan of fall (the f-word? haha) but like you, will pretend it doesn’t lead to the w-word… bleh! I will happily consume apple butter cookies while I revel in my denial :)

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Hahaha that’s a good F word. I wish we could skip straight over the W word and on to Spring!

  6. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — September 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Love, love, love these, so cute and I love how you’ve used apple butter :)

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Annie!

  7. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is genius!! You truly are the apple queen!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Liz!

  8. #
    Ciara — September 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    How well/long do these cookies keep? Should they be stored in the fridge? I love the idea!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      They shouldn’t need to be refrigerated, but you’re always welcome to if you prefer. As for how long they’ll last, easily a week or more at the very least. Stored in the fridge or freezer and they’ll last longer. However I don’t have an exact timing for you since my family gobbled them up!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I love apple butter in the fall, and the idea of them in cookies sounds absolutely lovely!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  10. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Oooo I LOVE apple butter! This is such a creative cookie! My pinwheels never look that good :) the cold weather definitely just all of a sudden hit us too! It completely went from 90s to 70s within a day and now it’s Fall weather the whole week :) not gonna lie – I love the crisp cold air! Haha…probably won’t be saying that for long!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I’d take your 70s over our 50s and 60s! ;)

  11. #
    Michele @ Two Raspberries — September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    these look so yummy and so cute! I will need to try them ;-)

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Michele!

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    Oana @Through Oanas Lens — September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Loving your cookies! Perfect for the cooler weather. Do you have any idea if stored in a closed container how long will they be good for? Thinking of making a big batch and store them in my pantry:) Thanks!

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      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      They disappeared rather quickly here so I don’t have an exact timing for you. I imagine a week or two at room temperature would be fine, longer stored chilled or frozen. Enjoy!

  13. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Don’t hate me, but I’m jealous of your cold weather. It was almost 90 here yesterday. Too hot for September! These cookies look delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      We should mesh the two weather patterns together. Perfect in between temp!

  14. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — September 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This is such a great way to use apple butter. I only have three jars in my pantry.

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Thanks Jennie!

  15. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    We’re having ridiculous weather in Colorado. Snow last Friday and then back up to 80 degrees on Sunday! These cookies would have been perfect Friday. Love apple butter!

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

      You can totally keep the snow! I’m not ready for that ;)

  16. #
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — September 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    It was ridiculously cold here too, we even had a couple days of snow last week and I was getting scared that we were going to completely skip fall! But it got warm again and now it feels like summer so who knows, maybe we’ll have a nice fall after all! These cookies look delicious, I need to make some apple butter soon, I’ve been seeing it everywhere the last week or so!

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

      I keep hearing about this early snow. Craziness!

  17. #
    Kristen — September 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    It’s been so chilly here too! Our friend Scott F is in shirtless weather though… did you see it was up to 114 there the other day? CRAZY!

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

      The weather has been crazy all over but I’m glad it hasn’t been that hot here! He can keep it lol ;)

  18. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — September 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Did you say cinnamon apple butter? All I heard was heaven! Loving these!

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  19. #
    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — September 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I live here in Central Pennsylvania and while it’s become chilly in the evenings, we’re no where near the 40’s yet – yikes, that’s cold! Hoping it warms up a bit for you, these cookies look amazing! Apple butter was always one of my favorite treats. :)

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Kelly! :)

  20. #
    Medeja — September 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

    These cookies look so nice! And so delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Medeja!

  21. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — September 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I’ll take that stack of 10 cookies you have right up here. I just need some tea, a cozy blanket, and I’ll be all set

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      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I’d gladly offer you some if there were any left :)

  22. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — September 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I am big fan of apples! These are such great fall cookies! Yum!

    • #
      Rachel — September 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Laura!

  23. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 17, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I could eat that apple butter with a spoon! Or just dip these cookies right into the apple butter jar!!

  24. #
    Ryan Boyd — October 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    My grandmother makes all four of our families apple butter and relish. She makes so much she gives us all two jars of each every year. This means we have about 2-3 jars of apple butter in the pantry at all times. I’m always looking for recipes to help us get rid of it so we can make room for the new stock.

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      Rachel — October 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Such a great gift! I hope you enjoy the cookies! :)

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    Kay — December 19, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Y’know, I went through a real gamut of emotions with these cookies.

    At first I was excited. I love apple butter and was happy to find a fun idea to use it up when I inevitably buy too much during the Fall market season.

    Then when I was making the cookies, I was extremely dubious. It was tricky to roll the cookies up as the apple butter was getting squished out with each roll. It felt like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. I threw the rolled cookie logs into the freezer and thought it might be a loss.

    And then I baked them and I was excited! I sliced the cookies from frozen and they were very much ovals, not circles. Threw the in the oven to see what would happen and they turned out GREAT!

    Overall, these cookies are a little fussy but if you’re willing to give them a try, you will be happy with the results.

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      Rachel — December 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Pinwheel cookies definitely are a bit more finicky than the average cookie, especially with a filling. So glad you enjoyed them after all of your hard work! :)

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