Basic Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
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Basic Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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This recipe evolved from several different recipes that I combined into one. I've never received so many compliments on my baking!—Denise Hufford, Midland, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 153 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough in half; add cocoa to one portion. Divide each portion in half. On a baking sheet, roll out each portion between waxed paper into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove waxed paper. Place one chocolate rectangle over a plain rectangle. Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices.
  4. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Pinwheels in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p95

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OlHen User ID: 8683197 240845
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Wonderful recipe!It was fun to make!

I personally would use less sugar...It took me little bit more then 10-12 min to bake,but we all have different ovens...
Cookies came out tasty and beautiful!They were hit in my family:)"

choiinator User ID: 8589483 235722
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Great recipe and result. I thought the dough was a little wet so I added a 1/4 cup extra of flour. Will make again"

dacook123 User ID: 8513388 231883
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"Never have I baked such an awful cookie recipe, the dough does not hold and crumbles to the touch. I couldn't roll the chocolate portion it crumbled so much! When came the time to roll all of it, I found that the best thing to do was TO KEEP THE WAX PAPER ON! that way I could roll it like a sushi without it breaking apart. Cutting into cookies after 2 hours in the fridge wasn't so bad... but a lot of food was yet again wasted. At least the tasteis good! But I wouldn't bake these cookies even with that."

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