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Cafe Mocha Pinwheels

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 2 portions.
  • On baking sheets, roll each portion between 2 sheets of waxed paper into a 9x7-in. rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place a chocolate rectangle on top of a 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 dough in waxed paper; 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 an airtight container; 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 87 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Katrina
    Oct 2, 2019

    I also found the dough very sticky. Perhaps more flour needed? My cookies spread out flat and thin in the oven , which was very disappointing. The taste was nice.

  • pabankr1
    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.