Peanut Butter Pinwheels

With only a few ingredients rolled together into a pinwheel shape, these peanut butter pinwheels are the perfect homemade melt-in-your-mouth candy treats. Quick and easy to prepare and so delicious that they can become dangerously addictive!
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About This Peanut Butter Pinwheels Recipe

You know those days when you just feel like a little pick-me-up kind of treat? These cute little candies are just right to satiate those cravings.

These peanut butter pinwheels are homemade confections that are very easy and quick to make and require only a few ingredients.

Delicious and melt-in-your-mouth, these no-bake sugary sweet treats are also great fun to prepare with the kids. They’ll enjoy mixing and rolling the sugary dough and making colorful pinwheels using just a few drops of food coloring. And once done, these candies will be devoured in no time!

Peanut butter is one of those ingredients that is loved by adults and kids alike. It is high in calories and fat, but eating it in moderation provides a good amount of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

To make the dough, we combine powdered sugar, heavy cream, and butter that has a consistency similar to fondant and is pliable as you work with it.

With deliciously creamy peanut butter swirled with this dough, you get one of the best homemade candies to satisfy your sweet cravings.

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What You Need for This Peanut Butter Pinwheels Recipe

Peanut Butter Pinwheels Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar, it has the perfect texture to make a smooth and pliable dough.
  • Peanut Butter: Its salty and nutty taste goes perfectly well with the sugary dough.
  • Butter & Heavy Cream: They are the liquid part that helps form the dough and add richness to it.
  • Vanilla Extract: Made by soaking pure vanilla beans in a mixture of water and ethyl alcohol, it has a stronger, purer vanilla flavor and enhances the flavor of this recipe.
  • Food Coloring: To make these pinwheels more colorful, I have used a few drops of food coloring.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Peanut Butter: If you can’t find peanut butter, almond, cashew, walnut, or hazelnut butter will be great too.
  • Heavy Cream: It can be substituted with half-and-half or evaporated milk.

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Can I use chunky peanut butter?

I recommend using creamy peanut butter because it has a smooth texture and will give this candy a melt-in-your-mouth texture. However, if you want a touch of crunchiness, you can use crunchy peanut butter too.

How can I store these peanut butter pinwheels?

You may store these little treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

What should I do if my dough is too soft or too hard?

If your dough is too soft, add more powdered sugar until it reaches the right consistency. If it is too hard, add more butter and cream mixture.

Peanut Butter Pinwheels

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Total Time 10 mins


This easy, no-bake recipe for peanut butter pinwheels delivers the perfect pick-me-up treat that can also be gifted during the holidays!

Yield: 30 pieces


How To Make Peanut Butter Pinwheels Step By Step

  1. Heat the butter and cream in the microwave until the butter has melted, and then add the vanilla extract.

    Peanut Butter Pinwheels Step 1
  2. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl and add the butter and cream mixture a little at a time while combining it until you get a dough-like consistency. It is essential to gradually add the butter and cream mixture as you may not need all of it.

    Peanut Butter Pinwheels Step 2
  3. Divide the dough into individual parts, and tint as you like by adding just a drop of food coloring. Then, work the dough until the color is uniform.

  4. Roll out each piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to ¼" thickness.

    Peanut Butter Pinwheels Step 4
  5. Spread with smooth peanut butter, roll up into a log, then slice and enjoy.

    Peanut Butter Pinwheels Step 5

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  • If your dough is too sticky to work with it, refrigerate it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Don’t roll out the dough too thin, and don’t make the peanut butter layer too thick, as it will be difficult to form the log.
  • It is really important to add the butter and cream mixture gradually to the powdered sugar because if you add too much, the mixture will be a messy liquid, and if it’s too little, you won’t be able to mix it properly. The consistency of the dough needs to be soft and pliable but should still hold the shape.