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Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Makes: About 5 dozen cookies.
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Step 1

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition; add vanilla. Add flour mixture and beat on low until just combined.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Form 1 half into 4 in. by 4 in. square; wrap in plastic wrap and set aside. Return other half to mixer; add melted chocolate to dough in mixer and beat just until combined. Form chocolate dough into 4 in. by 4 in. square and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate both doughs at least 30 minutes.

Step 3

On parchment paper, roll vanilla dough into a 16 in. x 12 in. rectangle about 1/8 in. thick. On another sheet of parchment paper, roll chocolate dough into a 16 in. x 12 in. rectangle about 1/8 in. thick. Place chocolate dough over onto vanilla dough; peel away parchment. Cut dough horizontally in half. Roll each half into a tight log. Roll in colored sugar to coat. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. .

Step 5

Slice logs into 1/4 in. pieces. Space 1 in. apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until vanilla dough is lightly golden.

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2 teaspoons vanilla extract


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all-purpose flour

3 cups all-purpose flour

baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1/2 teaspoon salt

unsalted butter, softened

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

granulated sugar

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar


2 eggs

unsweetened chocolate

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (, melted and cooled)

Assorted Colored Sugars

Assorted Colored Sugars




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Pinwheel Cookies is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A replacement for Maurice Lenell? Since Maurice Lenell discontinued their Pinwheel Swirls, I was hoping to find a recipe to make something equivalent. This recipe was really close. Next time, though, I would add more vanilla. I also baked them for about 15 minutes on a parchment covered air-bake cookie sheet. They come out with the right crispiness. I used red colored sugar and they looked just like Maurice Lenell's. Thank you, Wilton for this recipe.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The biscuits had a lovely texture and crunch when I was finished making these (after cooling on a tray and etc) would definitely make them again.. I experimented and made Chocolate Raspberry ones, chocolate swirl, and a raspberry swirl (raspberry essence/wilton no-taste red paste food colouring).
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW. I'm from the UK and i'm a keen baker but cookies always seem to be my downfall. I saw these and thought I'd give them a try. I left out the sugared edge because I wanted to keep it really simple and all I can say is this is the best recipe ever. My cookies came out wonderful, they tasted amazing and it was so simple. What is great is that you can make them the day before then just cook them when you need them the next day. Great for a pudding if eaten warm! I will be definitely be making these over and over again for my friends and family!! Thank you Wilton!
Date published: 2012-07-06
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