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Pinwheel Cookies are easy to make delicious treats with the flavorful combination of vanilla and chocolate. Bake up a festive batch of pinwheel cookies this Christmas!

Pinwheel Cookies

I love having cookies with a cup of coffee or tea and also to pack it and give in form of gifts. I give homemade sweets in form of gifts on two occasions every year, Diwali and Christmas. As Christmas is around the corner I decided to bake batches of cookies and give it to my friends and neighbors. Last year I prepared sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, but this year I wanted to combine two different flavors in one. That is when husband suggested me to combine two popular flavors, vanilla and chocolate, in form of pinwheels. The cookies turned out amazing with the wonderful flavors. These are also super easy to make. I hope you guys give this a try this Christmas and let me know how it turned out :-)

To prepare these cookies, chocolate and vanilla dough are layered, rolled, and sliced, to make a beautiful looking treats. You can also add drop of red or green color to plain vanilla layer to make it look more festive. This can also be a great accompaniment for upcoming tailgating events or game nights or potluck or Easter, Thanksgiving, and holiday parties!

Pinwheel Cookies

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Serves : 24 cookies

Ingredients for Pinwheel Cookies

Butter softened – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Sugar – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Egg – 1
Vanilla extract – 1 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
Instant coffee powder / Espresso powder – 1 tsp
Hot water – 1 tbsp
Cocoa powder – 8 tbsp ( or 1/2 cup)

Steps to prepare Pinwheel Cookies

Step I

  • In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined, scraping the sides of bowl as needed.
  • Now add flour (1 1/2 cups), salt, baking soda and mix until just combined.
  • Divide this dough into two equal portions.

Step II

  • Dissolve coffee powder in 1 tbsp of water.
  • Add this to one half of the dough along with cocoa powder and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover this and keep it aside while you are rolling the other portion.

Step III

  • Transfer the first portion of the dough on to a wax paper. If the dough is sticky, you may add the remaining 3 tbsp of flour little by little and knead. Else simply skip the addition of 3 tbsp of flour mentioned in the ingredient list.
  • Place another wax paper on top of it and roll it to a rectangle of approx 10 inch by 8 inch. Peel off the top sheet.
  • Next transfer the chocolate flavored portion of the dough on to another clean wax paper sheet. Place a wax paper sheet on top and roll it to approx 10 inch by 8 inch rectangle. Peel off the top sheet.

Step IV

  • Invert the chocolate rectangle over the vanilla rectangle evenly as possible. Peel off the wax paper from the chocolate layer.
  • Starting with the longest edge closer to you (10 inch side) roll this tightly so that there is no space at the center by using the wax paper as an aid.
  • Cover this log of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours so that it firms up. I keep it overnight

Step V

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  • Using a sharp knife cut the log into 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thick slices and place these on silicone lined (or greased) baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are set. Allow it to cool down completely.
  • Pinwheel Cookies are now ready. Serve and enjoy!

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14 Responses

  1. Beautiful and so festive too!

  2. Wow Kushi, they look so perfect . I would also like to have them with a cup of tea.

  3. Love the look of pinwheel cookies. SO attractive! And these look SO delish! Perfect combo. :-) BTW, I’m taking off the rest of the year, so I’d like to wish you happy holidays!

  4. Love the flavours and the pattern …

  5. so cute and one my kids most fav cookies..

  6. Wow I wish I was your neighbour :)

  7. Love these cookies. Perfect for gift. Will try these soon

  8. These pinwheel cookies look so pretty, festive and delicious, Kushi. Perfect for this time of the year.

  9. My Mom used to make these every Christmas when I was younger! Thanks for the memory :)

  10. Lovely cookies Kushi. Would love to try with a hot cup of tea. Awesome share.. :)

  11. Cookies looks so delicious and perfect for this festive season..lovely share kushi 😊

  12. I saw these on a show recently and was thinking I’d love to try it…hopefully get to it by next holidays season! Yours turned out so well…wish I had some. Happy Holidays!

  13. Looks very soft and awesome!!

  14. cookies looks cute & perfect.

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