Sweet and crispy gluten free Cherry Pinwheel Cookies make a great Valentine’s Day treat. They’ve got a wonderful cherry flavor that is simply irresistible. Bonus – they’re much easier to make than you’d think!
This post is brought to you in partnership with Silpat and Le Creuset. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
You guys – these cookies are cherry heaven !❤️ Even my husband who rarely goes without eating chocolate more than 1 night in a row has been eating these cookies every night. I guess if I really wanted to make him happy, I would have dipped these in chocolate.
I, however, don’t need all of my desserts with chocolate. I’m actually a big fan of fruity desserts as is my oldest daughter. Give us the fruit and we’ll be happy. So of course, these cherry pinwheel cookies were really for us!
Check out that Silpat pictured above ⬆️ It’s their special Valentine’s Day Baking Mat that they sent to me to try out – I love it! The hearts are so fun and I’m totally digging all the lovey-dovey sayings, they’re similar to what you’d read on my gluten free conversation heart cookies. I’m a big fan of Silpat baking mats and this one is no exception. I use their macaron mat for macarons and their regular mats for baking cookies, making chocolate bark, etc. This is a great one to add to the collection!
Lets talk about these cookies for a hot minute. Ohmyfreakingword these are SO good. You know those Pillsbury slice and bake cookies that are often holiday themed? These kind of remind me of those except these taste like cherry. Plus these are gluten free (so you can eat them!) and these taste WAY FREAKING BETTER. They have a texture that’s very similar – they’re ever so slightly chewy and crispy at the same time. They’ve also got an amazing buttery taste that you just can not beat when it comes to cookies (sorry guys who are dairy free – I did include a dairy free option in the recipe for you though).
If you couldn’t help yourself by sneaking a peek at the ingredients, you may have noticed that these cookies call for a hefty amount of cherry extract. I say hefty because two full teaspoons of a strong flavored extract sounds like quite a bit. DO NOT let that intimidate you. These cherry pinwheel cookies wouldn’t taste like cherry without it.
You might even taste the raw dough and think “oh my freakin word, these taste like cherry Twizzler pull-and-peels…” (which are not gluten free, btw). DON’T BE ALARMED. Once baked, the cherry flavor gets toned down a lot which is why you need to use quite a bit. What’s the point of making a cherry cookie if it doesn’t end up tasting like cherry?
Also, lets talk about that cherry extract. You might be wondering where in the world you might be able to find that. Of course, you can always find it on Amazon. However, I found mine at Walmart of all places! They’ve actually got a great selection of Watkins extracts (many of which are listed on the Watkins website under the gluten free extracts). I got a couple other flavors that I’m going to have a lot of fun experimenting with.
Another thing I’m excited about – that Le Creuset 3-tier stand! How gorgeous is that pink Hibiscus color?! I love it – it’s great for all the little girl birthday parties we host too between the two girls, not to mention Valentine’s Day parties too.
There’s just way too many good things going on here, I can hardly stand it. Super tasty cookies, cherry extract, Silpat mats covered in hearts, pretty pastel pink dessert stands, and A GIVEAWAY. That’s right – one of you will win your very own special Valentine’s Day Silpat mat and a Le Creuset 3-tier stand in hibiscus. Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. You can enter the giveaway via the giveaway form below. Good luck and enjoy!
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*For a dairy free version, use Nutiva shortening in place of the butter. For best results, only bake one sheet of cookies at a time. To keep the cookies round while slicing, rotate the dough a quarter turn after each slice to prevent flat spots. Freezing: The dough can be frozen up to 3 months. Defrost the dough overnight in the refrigerator before slicing and baking. Baked cookies can also be frozen, defrost at room temperature before serving.
*For a dairy free version, use Nutiva shortening in place of the butter.
For best results, only bake one sheet of cookies at a time.
To keep the cookies round while slicing, rotate the dough a quarter turn after each slice to prevent flat spots.
Freezing: The dough can be frozen up to 3 months. Defrost the dough overnight in the refrigerator before slicing and baking. Baked cookies can also be frozen, defrost at room temperature before serving.