Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies are traditional Old World spiraled cookies with a delicious poppy seed filling.
Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This is one of those cookies I made because I found it attractive and because Bill likes these type of eastern and northern European types of cookies. as well as hamantaschen and kringla. There was a greater amount of these up in Wisconsin where he was raised. Most of my experience growing up in St. Louis had been with poppyseed in  muffins and quick breads, of which I am very fond.

Early on before the season started, I had wanted to make a Polish Makowiec since we had tried some from the market and Bill loved them. But they were a bit pricey and I wasn’t happy that they didn’t come in fresh (only frozen defrosted). But like many things, I didn’t get around to it before my calendar for recipes started filling up fast. So it really was reduced to just a batch of cookies.

I did use the canned filling in this for convenience sake. Although I would probably prefer making it from scratch if you can. There are recipes around for that if you need them.

I hope you enjoy these as well as the other cookies offered up in the continuing 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies. Tomorrow I will be posting my version of the Starbucks classic morphed into a cookie: the Chestnut Praline Latte Cookie. Over the weekend I will be posting cookie recipes for Turtle Chocolate Chip Cookies (Saturday) and Cherry-Pistachio Icebox Cookies (on Sunday) and Eggnog Snickerdoodles for the final day of this event on Monday. I  hope that you check back with the group each and every day! Until tomorrow-


Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel CookiesRecipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

  • Servings: 36
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

  • Yield: 3 dozen
  • Note: Additional prep time for chilling is required


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1  teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup canned poppy seed filling
  • sifted powdered sugar (optional, for sprinkling after baking)


  1. Cream butter and sugar together in an electric mixer.
  2. Add lemon extract and egg.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda and cloves; add gradually to mixer and mix until smooth.
  4. Cut out a 12″x10″ piece of wax paper and roll out dough to fill the entire space.
  5. Place sheet with dough on a baking sheet and refrigerate a half hour until firm.
  6. Remove dough sheet from fridge and spread the poppy seed filling over the dough (leaving edges without the filling).
  7. Using the paper to coax the dough to start rolling over, roll dough to form a 12 inch log, pinching the seams closed. Then wrap in extra wax paper if needed and refrigerate again until firm.
  8. While waiting, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  9. Unroll dough and cut off wafers 1/3″ wide and place on the parchment. Being cold, they should stay round with minimal handling. If the cookies start to distort while cutting them, wrap it back up and chill more, baking off the ones you have.
  10. Bake the cut cookies for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges. Cool five minutes on the pan, then slide the parchment sheet onto your rack to finish cooling.
  11. Dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired and store between sheets of wax paper because they will tend to stick together if you don’t keep them  separated.  If packing for shipment, wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

From the kitchen of

Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies

Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

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