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Chocolate-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

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
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 46 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Amy
    Dec 12, 2020

    The Almond flavor is so good with the chocolate. The dough was easy to work with. Pretty addition to a Christmas Cookie tray or gift box. Will make again.

  • Tash
    Dec 6, 2019

    These are the most DELICIOUS cookies ever!! My husband and I got married this year and neither of us grew up with strong family traditions as far as recipes go. I have been trialling festive recipes to build our own traditions and these cookies are our absolute favourite. They will be making a return in our household over the holidays for many years to come!

  • LindaS_WI
    Mar 25, 2015

    I loved the almond flavor in these.

  • smarincic
    Dec 28, 2014

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

  • cookies4four
    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
    Dec 10, 2014

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

  • ritajoe
    Dec 10, 2014

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

  • kdwarren
    Nov 25, 2013

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

  • Mamidecinco
    Jul 20, 2012

    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.