8 Little Arrows in my Quiver

Reflections and Ramblings of a Happily Harried Mom of Many

A Labor of Love: Chocolate Pinwheels December 23, 2010

Filed under: Advent and Christmas,Recipes — 8littlearrows @ 10:17 pm

Chocolate Pinwheels

The depth of my love for my husband is demonstrated by the fact that I have been making these cookies for him almost every Christmas since we were married over 17 years ago.  They were one of the traditional cookies on his side of the family when he was growing up, so he understandably must still have them each Christmas. 

Like the loving wife that I am, I immediately got the recipe from his aunt before our first Christmas and told him I’d be more than happy to make them for him.  Of course, that was before I realized what a pain they are to make.  But somehow, I’ve managed to get through it, and some years they even look good.  If you have some time on your hands, and are looking for another cookie recipe, see below.

Chocolate Pinwheels

Combine and beat thoroughly:

1/2 C. shortening or margarine

1 C. sugar

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1 1/2 C. flour and mix well.

Divide dough in half, with one half slightly smaller than the other.

Add 1 1/2 oz. melted, unsweetened baking chocolate to one half of the dough and blend.

Place vanilla half on large piece of waxed paper and cover with a second piece of waxed paper.

Roll to 1/8 inch thickness, trying to keep it in the shape of a rectangle.  Do the same for the chocolate half.  It helps to roll out the chocolate one with the vanilla one nearby, because they need to be as close in size and shape as possible.

The vanilla dough, rolled out into a rectangle

Remove the top sheets of waxed paper and flip chocolate dough over on top of vanilla dough.  Remove the piece of waxed paper from the chocolate dough.  Roll up lengthwise (You want your roll to be long), using the bottom piece of waxed paper as a pusher, and making a firm roll.  Make sure ends are pinched together and pushed in towards the center, so there are no gaps in the roll.  Wrap the roll in one of the pieces of waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Rolling the cookies (I actually did it backwards, with the vanilla on top - oops!)

Slice the roll into 1/8 in. slices and place on greased cookie sheet.  This is the part that can make you wish you’d never attempted this recipe.  Sometimes they crumble while you’re slicing and you have to piece them back together. These don’t need to be too spaced out on the pan as they don’t spread much.  Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.



Ready to bake


My husband made a batch of these with my daughter last week to send to his family members, so they could take a stroll down memory lane, but he didn’t have enough to save some, so I decided to make him another batch.  Fortunately, I didn’t have too much trouble with them this time.  Plus, he was taking me out to dinner last night, so it was the least I could do! 🙂


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