Last Updated on June 17, 2021
Who doesn’t like pinwheel biscuits? Better yet, what child doesn’t like pinwheel biscuits? Just wait until you see how simple and easy these Old Fashioned Pinwheel Biscuits are! They’re so fun and flavorful to make and perfect for the kids!
Be certain to check out my Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Rollups for another super simple recipe that makes a fun and fantastic lunch.
Old Fashioned Pinwheel Biscuits
A while back I was at my mom’s house and going through a huge trunk she has. While being nosy and digging around I discovered so many of my family’s old recipes. One of them was for Old Fashioned pinwheel biscuits and so I just had to share this amazing recipe I converted for the Air Fryer.
I like to think of this recipe as a mash-up between a biscuit and a cinnamon roll. And while they’re definitely sweeter than a sweet roll, they’re not quite as sweet as a cinnamon roll. Basically, they’re sweet, but not overly sweet, if that’s a thing.
My kids love these. My husband loves these. I love them. Basically, everyone loves them. We have had them for breakfast and dessert. Honestly, they can’t keep their hands off of them. And since I use my Air Fryer to prepare these, they’re one treat that I never mind making!
My air fryer saves my sanity time and time again and gives me so many fun recipes to try without all the mess. Because we all know that any recipe that you can cook with minimal mess is one of the best recipes there is!
Can you use premade dough for this recipe?
The short answer is yes. However, I can assure you that the flavor isn’t going to be the same compared to freshly made dough. But I understand that time works against us. Our days are scheduled with busy activities, yard work, running errands, taking the kids to and from extracurricular activities, work, and the list seems to go on forever. Sometimes premade dough comes in handy.
Regardless, I urge you to find the time to make fresh dough at least once to compare the taste with premade dough. I promise you there is no comparison.
How do you know the biscuits are done baking in the air fryer?
You’re going to have to use your nose and your eyes for this one. They should start to turn a golden-brown on the top, which is going to be your biggest indicator. Since they only have to cook for 10 minutes, stay close and keep an eye on them. You’ll also smell them. I don’t know about you, but there are not many aromas more tantalizing than freshly baked biscuits.
Are you ready to make these pinwheel treats? Have so much fun!
Ingredients to make Old Fashioned Pinwheel Biscuits
For the Glaze
2 tablespoons of Honey, warmed
How to make Old Fashioned Pinwheel Biscuits
Alrighty, ready to get started? Begin by sifting together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
Then you will want to add in the lard and cut it into the flour mixture, using a fork or a pastry blender. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
Now gradually add the milk and mix it well with a spatula, using gentle strokes. Make sure there are no dry spots. That is very important.
Then once the flour comes together into a ball, dig in with a clean, floured hand and knead it till it becomes a smooth ball.
Now mix the sugar and cinnamon thoroughly.
After that roll the dough into a rough rectangle shape. Then you can trim the edges to give it a more defined look.
Take your brush and brush the dough with the melted butter.
Next sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, leaving a half-inch border along the edges.
Then starting from a long edge, roll the dough into a log.
Once you’re done with that, freeze the dough for 10 minutes. This helps in making the slicing easier.
When the dough is firm, cut it into approximately 1-inch slices. We got 12 slices.
You will then want to line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.
Placement will be 4 pinwheel biscuits spaced in the air fryer basket.
Set your air fryer to air fry at 350F for 10 minutes.
Then remove from the air fryer and brush immediately with warm honey. So delicious!
lastly. you will repeat with the remaining pinwheel biscuits.
How to reheat leftover pinwheels
If you’re lucky enough to have some of these leftovers, I’m jealous! The great part about this simple pinwheel recipe is that they’re easy to reheat and enjoy.
You have a few options on how you can reheat. The first is to reheat low and slow in the air fryer. However, if you pick this method, you need to stay close and keep an eye on it so you don’t burn it.
The easiest way to reheat is the tried and true microwave. Just pop them in for a few seconds and voila.
Fun Ways to Add Toppings to these Pinwheels
The glaze this recipe calls for is exceptionally good. But if you’re looking to change things up, don’t be afraid to unleash your creativity. You can start by shaking powdered sugar or even add some frosting.
We’ve made these for a fun birthday celebration and added on frosting and sprinkles! It was a huge hit and the kids loved it. No one expected pinwheel biscuits during a birthday party.
I can’t wait to hear what you think about this simple recipe! It’s one of my favorite sweet treats that is so easy to make!
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For the Biscuits
- 2 cups of All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon of Salt
- ½ cup of Lard
- ¾ cup of Milk
For the Filling
- 2 tablespoons of melted Butter
- ¼ cup of White Granulated Sugar
- 2 teaspoons of ground Cinnamon
For the Glaze
- 2 tablespoons of Honey, warmed
Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
Add in the lard and cut it into the flour mixture, using a fork or a pastry blender. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
Gradually add the milk and mix it well with a spatula, using gentle strokes. Make sure there are no dry spots.
Once the flour comes together into a ball, get in with clean, floured hand and knead it till becomes a smooth ball.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the dough into a rough rectangle shape. You can trim the edges to give it more defined look.
Brush the dough with the melted butter.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, leaving a half inch border along the edges.
Starting from a long edge, roll the dough into a log.
Freeze the dough for 10 minutes. This helps in making the slicing easier.
Once the dough is firm, cut it into roughly 1-inch slices. We got 12 slices.
Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.
Place 4 pinwheel biscuits in the air fryer basket.
Air fry at 350F for 10 minutes.
Remove from the air fryer and brush immediately with warm honey.
Repeat with the remaining pinwheel biscuits.