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Blood Orange Puff Pastry Pinwheels

  • Author: Jenni Ward - The Gingered Whisk
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 Minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 14 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Orange puff pastry pinwheels are an easy dessert for when you want something delicious & easy. Inspired by Game of Thrones House Martell.



1 box puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed

1 large blood orange

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Zest and juice 1 blood orange. Set each aside in separate bowls.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange zest and sugar. Use your fingers to press the two together and really rub the orange zest into the sugar.
  4. Stir in the cinnamon and optional cayenne pepper, if using. Remove 1 Tablespoon and set aside for after baking.
  5. Roll the puff pastry sheets into large rectangles about 3mm thick.
  6. Spread half of the remaining orange sugar over each puff pastry sheet.
  7. Use a rolling pin to gently press the orange sugar into the puff pastry sheet.
  8. Cut each puff pastry sheet into 7 vertical strips about 1″ wide.
  9. Cut each 1″ wide strip in half vertically.
  10. Fold the half strips over each other so the sugary sides face each other.
  11. Press the ends together and twist together to form a rope.
  12. Twist and roll the rope around itself to form a snail shell pinwheel shape.
  13. Tuck the loose end under neath.
  14. Place the pinwheels on the prepared baking sheet and place in the fridge to chill while the oven preheats.
  15. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  16. Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy.
  17. Allow to cool completely.
  18. Make the blood orange glaze by whisking together the blood orange juice and 2.5 cups of powdered sugar.
  19. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled puff pastry pinwheels and sprinkle the remaining orange sugar on top.
  20. Enjoy!

Keywords: Puff Pastry Recipe, Blood Orange, Game of Thrones Recipe