Cinnamon Pie Crust Pinwheels aka Rollie Pollies

Pie Crust pinwheels on a white plate

I heard it again today. Actually I didn’t hear anything, it was a text.

DD: How long do I bake these things.

Inner voice: What things?

Me: Huh?

DD: The roly things with pie crust.

Inner voice: Haven’t we talked about this at least a dozen times?

Me: “Until they look done.” I was driving and that was the best response I could give based on stoplight time – driving and texting is bad, bad, bad!

I am posting this simple, but delicious recipe, so that my daughter (bless her little cooking heart) can easily find the directions whenever I am working and can’t answer her cooking questions. Honestly, I think she has made these more times than I have. She seems to have a kitchen mental block. She can make a pie crust, I have never been able to make a pie crust, and it is my kitchen nemesis.

We have similar conversations about her pulled pork too. I think I have made pulled pork once in my life. DH doesn’t like it. The last time she made pulled pork she did it her way, not my way, but I guess there is some comfort in asking mom.

Total kitchen mental blocks seem to be a common theme in younger folks and that was my inspiration for starting a blog. I have met many young people in my journeys that have no idea how to do much in a kitchen. I often found myself giving them advice that usually ended with “it really isn’t that hard and usually tastes better anyway”.

There are a ton of recipes out there for this type of sweet treat and everyone’s family seems to have some version of this a grandmother or favorite aunt made. Love it or hate it, this recipe is just the way I make them.


Rollie Pollies

Simple Sugar Cinnamon Pie Crust Roll Cookie

  • Author: Beth Mueller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 48 Cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking


  • 2 Pie Crusts, homemade or refrigerated
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups White Sugar, divided
  • Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray, or cover with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place 1 cup of white sugar in a medium size bowl or large plastic bag and set aside.
  3. Roll (or unroll if refrigerated and premade) into disks.
  4. Brush melted butter evenly over pie crusts.
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup white sugar evenly over each pie crust.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over the pie crusts.
  7. Roll tightly into a log.
  8. Slice into 1/2 inch slices and lay onto prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly brown and sugar has started to caramelize.
  10. Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Place warm rollie pollies in remaining white sugar and toss to coat.
  12. Remove rollie pollies from sugar and set aside to cool. More sugar can be sprinkled on top for a sweeter finish.


  • Serving Size: 2 Cookies
  • Calories: 64
  • Sugar: 12.5 g
  • Sodium: 19 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.6 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg


Other easy recipes a beginner would have luck with:

No-fail Fruit Cobbler

Sugar Cream Pie

Cherry Delight

Italian Beef

Patty Melt

Quick and easy cinnamon bun like treat. Looks beautiful on cookie platters, but simple enough for a quick snack.
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