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Chocolate Pinwheel Swirl Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are crisp, light, mildly sweet and delicious. Also called chocolate and vanilla swirl cookies, they are easy to make yet impressive in your Christmas cookie tray.

blue plate filled with chocolate pinwheel cookies.

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Cookie love continues with Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies. These are simple, easy to make, can be made days, weeks or even couple of months ahead, looks impressive and tastes amazing. Simple cookies like these that are not overly sweet are my all time favorite recipes. Some more like these – 3 Ingredient Cookies, Cardamom Cookies or Almond Flour Cookies.

These cookies go by several names like Shortbread pinwheels, Chocolate swirl cookies, Roll up cookies, Spiral cookies, Slice and bake, Cookie rolls, Black and white pinwheel cookies, Half vanilla Half chocolate, Chocolate and vanilla swirl cookies or Pinwheel biscuits.

They are delicious any time of the year – A basic shortbread that is perfect with milk or coffee or just a pick me up when you are craving something sweet and light.

What are pinwheel cookies?

These are a simple slice and bake cookies with two colored dough, rolled into a log and then sliced to give a beautiful pinwheel pattern. They can be made with different colors, like festive red and green for Christmas, red and vanilla for valentines day or black and white like these.

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Ingredients

Flour – Regular unbleached all purpose flour

Butter – Unsalted butter at room temperature. Adjust salt is using salted butter.

Sugar – Regular granulated sugar

Cocoa powder – Dutch processed cocoa powder

Flavorings – Vanilla extract and Salt

ingredients needed to make chocolate vanilla pinwheel cookies.

Method

Make base vanilla cookie dough – Cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt for about couple of minutes, until smooth and creamy. Mix in all purpose flour, until it comes together.

Make Chocolate cookie dough – Divide vanilla dough in half, and mix cocoa powder to one half of the dough.

Roll into a log – Roll each dough separately between sheets of parchment paper to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place one dough on top of the other and gently roll tightly into a log. Wrap dough with parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill overnight or up to 2 days.

Slice and Bake – Cut cold log into 1/4-inch discs and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees, until golden in color.

Place the pan on wire rack to cool completely.

Rolled vanilla spiral cookie dough placed on top of chocolate dough.
rolled chocolate and vanilla cookie dough log.
cut discs of pinwheel dough.

Expert tips

Use good quality butter, if possible.

Chill the dough log – You want the dough to be solid when baking. Else, they might spread more and loose the pretty swirl pattern.

Cut even sized discs – If the discs are of different thickness, then the thinner ones will be brown by the the time the thicker one bake.

More homemade recipe ideas for the holidays:

baking sheet with christmas pinwheel cookies.

How to make ahead?

Cookie dough – Rolled log (wrapped well) can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

At room temperature – Baked and cooled swirl cookies can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week.

In the freezer – Place in a freezer zip lock bag, seal well and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature.

round plate with shortbread pinwheel cookies.

Variations

Dip in melted chocolate – Melt semi sweet chocolate chips with a dash of vegetable oil in the microwave and dip half of each cookie in the melted chocolate and place on a parchment paper to set.

Make chocolate filled pinwheel sandwiches – Spread Nutella or chocolate filling between two cookies.

Fill with jam – Spread your favorite preserves like strawberry, raspberry or apricot jam between two cookies.

Make it with almonds – Spread finely minced sliced almonds between the rolled vanilla and chocolate dough sheets. Roll, chill and bake.

Peppermint – Add a dash of peppermint extract to the chocolate dough.

How to package for the holidays?

These make a great homemade gift giving idea for the holidays since they store well at room temperature –

  • Perfect in your Christmas cookie tray
  • Wrap them in clear cellophane bags and tie a cute ribbon —> Great for friends / family / teachers
  • Stack 3 to 4 cookies in cupcake liners and arrange them in a cookie tin
blue plate filled with chocolate swirl pinwheel cookies.

More Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Swirl Cookies

chocolate vanilla pinwheel cookies.

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are crisp, light, mildly sweet and delicious. Also called chocolate and vanilla swirl cookies, they are easy to make yet impressive in your Christmas cookie tray.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Instructions

Make cookie dough

1. Add butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt into a medium bowl. Beat with a hand held electric beater, for about 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.

2. Beat in flour, until just combined. Divide dough in half and remove one half to a plate (this is the vanilla dough). Add cocoa powder to the remaining half in the bowl and continue beating with the beater (begin low and increase to medium), until it is evenly combined to make chocolate dough.

3. Roll doughs - Shape vanilla dough into a rectangular disc and roll between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Similarly, roll chocolate dough separately to 1/4-inch thickness.

4. Gently transfer vanilla dough on top of the chocolate dough. Beginning on the long side, roll the dough up tightly jelly-roll style. Using both hands, roll the log gently to make it a bit longer (this helps to make both doughs adhere well and make medium sized cookies), refer video.

Wrap log with the parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or up to 3 days).

Bake cookies


1. Pre heat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Remove dough from refrigerator, unwrap and cut into 1/4-inch slices using a sharp knife. Place on the prepared baking pan, spacing about 1 and 1/2 inches apart (cookies will expand slightly but not too much).

3. Bake cookies for 20 to 25 minutes (rotate pan half way through baking), until cookies are golden in color.

4. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Use good quality butter, if possible.

Chill the dough log – You want the dough to be solid when baking. Else, they might spread more and loose the pretty swirl pattern.

Cut even sized discs – If the discs are of different thickness, then the thinner ones will be brown by the the time the thicker one bake.

Make ahead

Cookie dough – Rolled log (wrapped well) can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

At room temperature – Baked and cooled swirl cookies can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week.

In the freezer – Place cookies in a freezer zip lock bag, seal well and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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