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Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

These Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are a holiday classic I can remember since I was little. They’re simple to make, taste wonderful, and who can say no to a cookie with a beautiful chocolate and vanilla swirl? I know I can’t!

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We’re now into the month of December and even though we’ve only been through the first week of it, I still feel like Christmas is tomorrow!

Nooo, not yet brain!

Before Christmas actually arrives, I do have a bunch of cookie recipes I want to share with you all, starting with these Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies!

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what ingredients do I need to make chocolate pinwheel cookies?

8 ingredients are needed to make this chocolate pinwheel cookies recipe—and they’re more than likely already in your pantry! You’ll need:

how to make chocolate pinwheel cookies

Chocolate pinwheel cookies are a fairly straightforward recipe to make, but they do require time to chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2-3 hours or overnight. You can also place them in the freezer for about 1 hour.

Regardless of which chilling method you use, it will much easier for you to slice the cookies later for baking. Just remember to tightly double wrap the roll of cookie dough in plastic wrap.

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chocolate pinwheel cookies recipe notes

  • The recipe times noted do not include dough chilling or the cooling of cookies after they are baked.
  • Recommended baking time for this recipe is 8-10 minutes at 350ºF.
  • For a little bit of sweet crunchiness on the outside, roll the chocolate pinwheel cookie dough log in some demerara sugar! Sooo, so good!
  • Keep a slice of bread with your cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft for days!
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Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 6 dozen cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are perfect to make over the holidays! They’re a combination of chocolate cookie dough and vanilla cookie dough rolled together into a beautiful swirl, then rolled in demerara sugar for a bit of sweet crunchiness on the outside! They taste fantastic and a definite must make!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set to the side.
  2. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the light brown sugar and unsalted butter together thoroughly on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Switching the mixer speed to low, gradually add in the whisked dry mixture until well combined.
  5. Divide the dough in half. Roll half of the dough on a lightly floured sheet of wax or parchment paper to form a 9″ x 12″ rectangle, approx. 1/8″ thick. Set aside.
  6. With the other half of dough, blend in the unsweetened cocoa powder and then roll out the chocolate dough onto another lightly floured sheet of wax or parchment paper to a 9″ x 12″ rectangle.
  7. Turn the chocolate layer onto the vanilla layer (so the vanilla layer will be on the outside of the roll). Remove the wax paper from the top and trim any rough edges of the rectangle.
  8. Carefully roll the 2 layers of dough into a jelly roll. 
  9. Roll the pinwheel cookie dough roll in demerara sugar (optional step).
  10. Double wrap the roll of cookie dough securely in plastic wrap and chill until form. You can chill the dough either in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight – or – chill in the freezer for 1 hour.
  11. When ready to bake, adjust the oven rack to the 2nd level position and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  12. Using a sharp knife, slice the chilled cookie dough log into cookies approximately 1/8″ thick and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they are a light golden brown on the top and edges. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  14. Keep cookies stored in an airtight container with a slice of bread for up to a week.

Notes

Recipe times noted do not include dough chilling time or cooling of cookies after they are baked.

Recommended baking time for this recipe is 8-10 minutes at 350ºF.

For a little bit of sweet crunchiness on the outside, roll the chocolate pinwheel cookie dough log in some demerara sugar! Sooo, so good!

Keep a slice of bread with your cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft for days!

Recipe adapted from A Recipe Sampler by St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Keywords: chocolate pinwheel cookies, pinwheel cookies, cookies, holiday cookies, christmas cookies, christmas treats, chocolate

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Tools to Help With Your Cookie Baking

KITCHENAID KP26M1XFL Professional 600 Stand Mixers, 6 quart, Matte Fresh Linen
KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Geometric Mini Cookie Cutters Set
Set of 6 Christmas Themed Mini Cookie Cutters
Pusheen Cookie Jar
Thumbprint Rectangle Cookie Cutter
Thumprint Circle Cookie Cutter
Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet Pan, 2-Pack
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (Set of 2)
OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Sabatier 5154549 Triple Rivet Wide Turner, Black
Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin
Nordic Ware 43174 3 Piece Baker’s Delight Set, Aluminum
Nordic Ware Geo Cast Cookie Stamps
Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set, 55-Piece decorating tips, Cake Decorating Supplies
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
Ateco 7803 Plain Edge Large Number Cutters (0-9), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 10 Pc Set
Ateco 6950 Plain Edge Large Alphabet Cutters (A – Z), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 26 Pc Set
Bob’s Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour, 16 oz.
Ateco 5457 Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 12 Pc Set
Abeego Large Wraps (set of 2)
GIR Skinny Spatula
Williams Sonoma Thumbprint Cookie Stamp Set
OXO International Medium Cookie Scoop
Pouring Chute
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
USA Large Cookie Sheet
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Cooling Rack Stainless Steel Half size – Commercial Grade Steel 11.5″ x 16.5″ | 1 Piece | Cooking Rack Designed To Fit Perfectly Into Baking Half Sheet Pan | Only From Indigo True Company
Fox Run 4254 Kitchen Timer with Magnet 55-Minute

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Eva Valvo
    December 8, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    I loved this recipe! The cookies turned out beautiful and tasty… the only problem was that they finished too fast! 😉

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