Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grammy's Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Food is pretty powerful, don't you think?

For example, the second I bite into these cookies, I close my eyes and am transported into my grandmother's kitchen on Christmas Eve. Even though they aren't red and green or shaped like a reindeer, these cookies mean Christmas to me.

On Christmas Eve, we would be sure to find them greeting us on her kitchen table on a snowman cookie plate. Sometimes she would have them out even before we ate dinner! Cookies as an appetizer? Don't mind if I do.Thanks Grammy  :-)

The pinwheels are such a gentle blend of chocolate and vanilla flavors, perfect with your cup of coffee, tea, or milk.

  • 1  3/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 square semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • wax paper
  • rolling pin


Cream butter and sugar


Add vanilla and egg, beat well.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder.

Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.

Blend well.

Place half the dough on a sheet of wax paper. Then place in the refrigerator.

Melt one square of the baking chocolate in the microwave.


Once melted, blend it in to the remaining dough still in your mixer.

(I LOVE watching the dough change colors! My Grammy likes to use UNsweetened chocolate for this part, which makes it even darker. I like the bit of sweetness the semi-sweet adds. Try it both ways and see which you prefer.)

Place the chocolate dough on wax paper, wrap up, then place in the refrigerator.

Chill both doughs for 1 hour.

After an hour take out the dough. 

Roll out the vanilla dough between 2 sheets of floured wax paper, aiming to make about a 10x8 rectangle.

Separately roll out the chocolate in the same way.

Peel back the top layer of both the vanilla and chocolate dough. Carefully flip the vanilla rectangle on top of the chocolate one, trying your best to line them up.  Do your best!  It will all look good in the end.
Carefully roll the doughs together.

Wrap up the log in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.


Once it is done chilling, take out the log and slice it into about 1/4 inch pieces and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.


Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

One batch makes about 35 cookies. Since 35 cookies last about 3 days in my house, I usually double this recipe ... or triple.... it is the holidays after all!

PS - Santa loves these cookies, so be sure to leave some out on Christmas Eve.

 Have a great day and give your Grammy a great big hug next time you see her.

 Love you, Grammy!!



Anonymous said...

These look Delicous!! & I LOVE LOVE your pink Kitchen Aid mixer

Breezy Brie said...

I have the same pink kitchen aid mixer! It's the best!! :)

Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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