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Chocolate-Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

As a little girl, I made these with my mother every Christmas. Now I make them every year with my daughters-in-law, daughters and grandchildren!—Sedonie Zeitler, Luxemburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:60 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half; add almonds and almond extract to one portion. Add cocoa to remaining portion.
  • 2. Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 16x8-in. rectangle. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove waxed paper. Place almond layer over chocolate dough. Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 46 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 223550
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"I loved the almond flavor in these."

smarincic User ID: 4077130 216248
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Made these for the first time. So easy and so good! Rolled out very easy and were not hard at all!


cookies4four User ID: 167433 216097
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"These cookies taste good, look good, and the dough rolled out and rolled up well. However, we found the cookies to be very dense and hard after they were baked. Good for dunking maybe....Could it be that the dough is overworked by the time they are formed? I don't think I overbaked them."

Suep2012 User ID: 6438879 214518
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"Very good recipe. I like almond flavoring a lot so I would increase the almond flavoring to one teaspoon."

ritajoe User ID: 2200217 214505
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"The dough was almost impossible to work with. This cookie is not worth the trouble to make."

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 183790
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Impressive looking and very tasty. Has been added to my must make cookie list for Christmas."

Mamidecinco User ID: 6101665 100703
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012 Edited Dec. 10, 2014

"Me and my five kids have ALWAYS baked these wonderful and fun-to-bake cookies in December. If they are away from home for Christmas they still get a bunch of them from mom."

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