Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels Recipe
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Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels Recipe

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My cookie-loving family is never satisfied with just one batch of these minty pinwheels, so I automatically double the recipe each time I bake them.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 92 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and extract. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Add chocolate to one portion and mix well.
  2. Roll each portion between waxed paper into a 16-in. x 7-in. rectangle, about 1/4-in. thick. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; place plain dough over chocolate dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p47

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"The flavor is mild, not overwhelming. Both my kids approved. I too thought the dough was a little tricky to work with, but I just refrigerated each layer individually after rolling out between the wax paper. This made it much easier to lay on top of each other and then roll up. Mine did not turn out pretty like the picture at all! When I cut them, crumbs from the chocolate layer would get stuck in the white. Would definitely like to know how they got such perfect looking pinwheels."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"The dough was so soft I could not roll it so I chilled it for four hours and still the white dough was gooey. I had to spread it with a knife on the chocolate dough. They tasted okay but the white dough was spongy. I would not make it again unless I added way more flour!!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"i thought they were easy, i would add in that after you roll each portion between waxed paper the first time, refrigerate 30 minutes, then roll up jelly roll style, should be easier to handle."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"My experience is the opposite - the dough is SO soft that it is sticking to the waxed paper. I am not quite sure what to do"

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