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Cinnamon Twirl Cookies

These rolled cookies are tasty and fun to make with your family. The sugary mixture of walnuts and cinnamon is a light, sweet filling that will leave everyone wanting another bite. —Phyllis Cappuccio, Malden, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    64 cookies


  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat margarine and sour cream until blended. Add egg yolk; mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to margarine mixture and mix well (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Divide dough into eighths. On a well-floured surface, roll each portion into a 10-in. circle. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. Combine the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over each triangle.
  • Roll up triangles from the wide ends and place point side down 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 20-22 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Keep dough refrigerated until ready to use. For best results, work with one section of dough at a time when preparing recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 68 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Rhonda
      Apr 16, 2020

      Messy, not very flavorful

    • Denise
      Feb 7, 2020

      These are so good. My husband loved them and he doesn’t really like walnuts, but you can’t tell they are in there when ground up. I told my mother about them. She made these and loved them too.

    • Sharon
      Nov 18, 2019

      Been making these for years

    • Marian
      Nov 18, 2019

      Why cannot people accept a ‘Family Tradition’ recipe as it is written?

    • Sophia
      Nov 16, 2019

      Just made these, I used salted butter and added just a little salt. The recipe does not tell you salted or unsalted. The dough taste great but the filling was a little dry. I used apricot preserves on the next batch with the filling and rolled them the same way they were great and weren’t dry. The next batch i made with the apricot preserves and the filling and made a long roll and when they were done just sliced them diagonal . Any way you do them they taste great. The dough is so good and easy to work with. I will one day try margarine but the regular salted butter was good maybe the margarine will make them too sticky. Sophia

    • taster22
      Nov 14, 2019

      How can recipe be adjusted to use butter in lieu of margarine?

    • Roseann
      Nov 12, 2019

      I wish I can remember where I got my exact recipe from. Came off a label over 30 yrs ago! It’s a Christmas staple and they are delicious! I make many cookies, Italian cookies, the families favorite cookies. Why is it we only make them for the holidays? Sad thing is now our 3 yr old Grandson has severe nut allergies, so I have to make sure not to serve them or cross contaminate. You must try these you will not be disappointed! Being Italian I love family traditions ??

    • samatejik
      Oct 8, 2019

      Can butter be used instead of margarine

    • Michele
      Sep 30, 2019

      Wonder if u could put a raspberry jam inside