*From the archives. Spread a little cheer this Holiday season with these simple pinwheel cookies.
The Holidays are the time for indulgences, meaning pastries, cookies, cakes, pies and what have you. In that spirit we’ve dusted off our baking gear for the season to bring you a slew of great recipes for you and yours.
So as the dulcet tones of Twisted Sister’s “Twisted Christmas” waft through the house along with the smells of fresh-baked cookies, I bring you the first of twelve cookie recipes for your Holiday gatherings, or just for noshing with family around the TV for the Rudolph marathon.
(I know. I know. I’ve dated myself horribly but in my defense I also listen to the classics, like Bing Crosby with David Bowie doing “Little Drummer Boy”, The Andrews sisters, and one or two Elvis Christmas Albums. Then there’s Manheim Steamroller, TSO and Amy Grant. I just love Christmas!)
This recipe is inspired by Alton Brown’s Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie recipe, but done the quick and dirty way, minus the peppermint, which I am not a fan of in anything with dough. (In hot cocoa fine, but not in a cookie, please!)
Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I think when we revisit these we’ll add 1/4 tsp of orange extract to the plain cookie dough, just for a bit more flavor, and orange is a good compliment to the chocolate.
Also, consider using floss to cut the cookies from the log, which will make a much cleaner cut without squashing the rounds. Just wrap the floss around the log in a loop then pull through. Otherwise you may want to use a warm knife. Dip in hot water and wipe dry before cutting.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Rugleach pinwheels, from Smitten Kitchen
- Railway Cookies, from Confessions of a Cardamom Addict
I remember when I was little and I thought that two-toned cookies were such a mystery. How did they make the pinwheel? Now I know!
For me it was the checkerboard cookies that were complete magic. I just couldn’t figure out how they did it… Now that I know, it’s even more magical, hehe
That was a great tip to add Orange Extract! I made this recipe with pre-made cookie dough – 32 oz of the chocolate and 32 oz of orange/plain dough. I used the same ingredients as you, scaled to fit what I had for pre-made dough. (So I did 6 oz of cocoa, 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of orange extract)
Great change with the orange extract! Plus the floss tip makes flawless cookies. Thanks!
Jerry, thanks for sharing this wonderful receipe. Looks like I’m able to offer the kids a variety this christmas! Thank you…
These look awsome!..gonna give the kids a treat tonight :)
Jerry i tried them..once again..two thumbs up here..keep cookin buddy!
Yum!! Holiday cookies slay me!!