Chocolate pinwheel cookies are similar in concept to marbled or layered cakes and breads, which have been popular for centuries. It is possible that the pinwheel cookie originated as a way to create a similar marbled effect in a smaller, individual-sized dessert.
Making chocolate pinwheel cookies can be a fun and creative activity, especially for little ones. To make pinwheel cookies, you will need to make two different colored doughs, such as chocolate and vanilla — like this recipe for classic chocolate pinwheel cookies — or red and green for Christmas pinwheel cookies.
Once you’ve prepared the different colors of dough, they are rolled out into thin sheets and placed one on top of the other. They’re then carefully rolled up into a log shape and chilled until firm. Once chilled, the log of dough is sliced into thin rounds, revealing the pinwheel pattern within. The cookies can then be baked according to the recipe instructions.
Pinwheel cookies are a unique and pretty dessert that are sure to impress and delight anyone who tries them. Plus they’re a fun and creative way to add a bit of whimsy and color to any dessert tray.
Pinwheel cookies are tasty & fun to make
By Winnifred Jardine – Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) December 7, 1956
Chocolate pinwheel cookies — with cocoa and vanilla layers — are some of the most intriguing of sweets to children. And adults are partial to them, too, we’ve found.
They’re made from a very simple cookie recipe — made of only the most basic ingredients. Then the dough is divided in half and one-half is mixed with chocolate. The doughs are chilled, then rolled out into rectangles on waxed paper.
This is where a bit of practice comes in. To make the rectangles quite symmetrical, we trim off the ragged edges and use the scraps to fill in corners. Perhaps you’ll work out your own method.
When both rectangles are made — chocolate and vanilla — they’re put together and then you roll up the two rectangles.
After the roll is made, press it with your hands to be sure the two kinds of dough are solid together all the way through, leaving no air holes.
Now once more it’s chilled, and then the slicing begins. And what fun! For there you have perfect pinwheels, chocolate and vanilla, intriguing, delightful, and not rich nor too sweet.
We heartily recommend them — you may get so intrigued with them you’ll never get on to making any other kind. (Incidentally, we usually double the recipe when we make them.)
Chocolate pinwheel cookie recipe with brown sugar & vanilla
Swirls of cocoa punctuate the brown sugar and vanilla flavor of these pinwheel cookies.
The inspiration: Domino’s brown sugar chocolate pinwheel cookies (1999)
Alicia Cedar dares to be different. Drinks milk without checking the expiration date. Encourages her kids to take chances. Never takes chances when it comes to her brown sugar Pinwheels.
Baking is no time to live on the edge. That’s why Alicia only trusts Domino light brown sugar. With its natural delicate cane molasses flavor, it’s the #1 cane sugar in America.