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Chocolate Pinwheels Recipe

Chocolate Pinwheels Recipe

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 YIELD:54 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 9 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 2379383 258666
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2690773 200292
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1501090 12391
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5720721 7241
Reviewed 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."

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