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Chocolate Pinwheels

Recalls Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania field editor Patricia Kile, "My husband's 95-year-old grandfather was intrigued with how the swirls got in these cookies!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    9 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough in half; place each half between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll into 12-in. x 10-in. rectangles. Chill until almost firm, about 30 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips and butter; stir until smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt. Spread over dough. Carefully roll up each rectangle into a tight jelly roll, starting with the long side. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Gently cut into 1/2-in. slices with a sharp serrated knife; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 85 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • khegeman
    Dec 26, 2016

    Excellent. Made 75 different kinds of cookies and these were one of the best I made this season. I did not have any problems that others mentioned.

  • tja1962
    Dec 10, 2012

    was awful stuck to wax paper and didnt roll worth a crap. filling didnt spread well. what a waste of time

  • puffybloomers
    Dec 1, 2011

    the filling ran all over the place....way to runny. the cookies looked very unattractive because the choc was all over the place

  • bangormaine
    Dec 23, 2010

    The dough was too crumbly and after chilling I still couldn't roll it out without it cracking and breaking. Had to throw it out as it just was too dry.