This is one of those recipes that I feel like I’m going to have to convince you a little to try and then once you have the recipe will go bonkers because you all will be hooked. It’s a recipe that all of the grandkids wanted the moment we entered Grandma’s house, but these days we are mostly making them on our own. But never fear, you can get many of her famous recipes in our Heirloom recipe section. Pinwheel cookies are unsuspecting little stinkers too. They look like such a simple cookie and yet you cannot resist them after the first bite!
Grandma has so many fabulous recipes and in an effort to keep them alive we’ve been sharing them here on the site with little stories about her. I hate that we had to miss out on her birthday party in Idaho this year. It just wasn’t a good idea so close to delivery for me to travel, but boy did I miss out. And I happen to know that at over 90 years old she still made these cookies for the party. She is incredible.
I remember standing in her kitchen watching her cook and she always let me pour in the vanilla. Now as a mom I’m aware that a little bottle of vanilla is just asking to be accidentally dumped into the dough but it perfectly is her that on the part that could easily be messed up she took the time to trust her little ones in the kitchen to learn and try it for themselves.
I can’t smell vanilla in my baking without thinking of her.
Oh please will you take the time to leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite family recipe and then go make it with one of your kiddos. I know it takes patience but pass that recipe down and make sure you tell them stories about you and your family while you do. McCormick Vanilla and I go way back and I hope it brings back wonderful memories for you too.
Can Raisins Lower Blood Pressure?
Eating raisins could help lower blood pressure.
Raisins are packed with potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure.
Can Raisins be Frozen?
Raisins can actually be frozen to extend their shelf life.
Because of their low moisture content, the texture of raisins does not actually change that much in the freezer.
How Long Will Cookies Keep at Room Temperature?
Most cookies, if kept in an airtight container, will keep 3-5 days at room temperature.
Grandma’s Famous Pinwheel Cookies
Grandma's Famous Pinwheel Cookies
- 1 Cup Shortening (or half butter half shortening)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 4 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
For the Filling
- 3 Cups Raisins
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick Vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender, combine the raisins, water, sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth and pour into a small saucepan.
Boil for 5 minutes and set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the shortening and sugars for 1 minute.
- Add the eggs and mix again.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and add into the wet ingredients until a thick dough forms.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough in a big rectangle.
- Spread the raisin mixture all over the dough and roll the dough like pinwheels or cinnamon rolls.
- Slice into cookies and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, and allow to cool for 2-5 minutes on the pan then remove to a cooling rack.
Yield: 4 dozen cookies, Serving Size: 1
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 137 Calories
- Total Fat: 4.6g
- Cholesterol: 7.8mg
- Carbohydrates: 23.3g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Sugar: 13.5g
- Protein: 1.6g