When my daughter was young, I made these cookies for school bake sales. Preschoolers enjoy rolling up the dough, and older kids can get in on all the steps.—Dion Frischer, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and espresso powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Beat cocoa into half of dough. Divide each color into two portions.
- On baking sheets, roll each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 9x7-in. rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place one chocolate rectangle on top of one plain rectangle. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tightly roll waxed paper over dough, using the waxed paper to mold the dough into a smooth roll. Securely wrap waxed paper-covered roll in plastic wrap; repeat with remaining dough. Freeze 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Freeze option: Place wrapped logs in a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. If necessary, let dough stand 15 minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bake as directed. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cafe Mocha Pinwheels in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2016
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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016
"The dough is awfully sticky and wet. I'm hoping that refrigerating it before rolling will help. So far i smells good though."