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Friday, December 14, 2012

Pinwheel Cookies-Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies-Christmas Recipes

I wanted to do something exotic for Christmas, so I decided to make these really creative cookies.I had lot of fun making these cookies along with my daughter.Cookies make wonderful gifts for Christmas.They will bring happiness and cheer to anyone who receives  them. This recipe from the book Essentials of Baking by Williams Sonoma. Today we will  learn how to make this easy and delightfully festive cookies.

Pinwheel Cookies

Ingredients needed

All purpose flour/ maida - 1 cup
Baking powder -1/4 tsp
Salt -a pinch
Unsalted butter - 115 grams
Sugar -1/2 cup (granulated white sugar)
Egg - 1 separated
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Orange zest - 1 tsp
Semisweet chocolate - 30 grams chopped
Cocoa powder - 2 tsp


Seive maida, baking powder and salt together twice.Keep it aside.

Double boil chocolate and leave it to cool. (ie- melt chocolate over a bowl of hot water)

Powder sugar.


In a bowl combine together butter and sugar until smooth.

Add vanilla essence, egg yolk and beat until well blended

Add the dry ingredients (maida + baking powder + salt) little at a time and mix well until you get a smooth dough.

Now divide the dough into 2 equal parts.

To one part add orange zest and mix well.(we will call this the orange dough)

To the other part add chocolate and cocoa powder and mix until well  blended.(I mixed cocoa powder with the chocolate first and then added the chocolate+cocoa mix to the dough and blended well)

Refrigerate both the dough separately in a plastic wrap until firm. (see pic-1 below)

Now place the orange dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out into a 10 * 5 rectangle 1/2 inch thick. I did not roll out into a rectangle but later trimmed the sides of the dough.

Now place the chocolate dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper and roll out into a 10 * 5 rectangle 1/2 inch thick. I did not roll out into a rectangle but later trimmed the sides of the dough. But I suggest that you roll out into a rectangle to make things easy and less messy.

Now remove the parchment paper on top of the chocolate dough.Beat egg white until foamy and apply lightly over top surface of the chocolate dough. Then with the wax paper below flip the chocolate dough on top of the orange dough. Press it nicely and discard the wax paper on top.(see second pic below) I skipped the egg white and just pressed both the dough together.

Trim the edges neatly and roll both the dough together lightly and discard the other paper also.Seal the edges neatly.

Now wrap the roll in a plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate until firm or overnight. I refrigerated overnight.

Preheat the oven at 180 degree C for 15 minutes before baking the cookies.

Unwrap the dough and using a sharp knife cut the dough crosswise into slices 1/4 inch thick.

Line baking tray with parchment paper or grease and flour the baking tray and arrange the cookies 1 inch apart.

Bake at 180 degree C until the edges turns golden brown. Do not over bake the cookies. Cool on a wire rack and then store it in an airtight container.

Chocolate pinwheel cookies

Enjoy making these exotic cookies for Christmas.

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  1. What perfect pin wheels!! Loved them :)

  2. Wow I remember this...ate them many years back...looking perfect...

  3. Pin wheel are looking lovely. Very attractive.

  4. wow perfectly done pin wheels :) fantastic

  5. Padhu I have a doubt you said that after wrapping it in cling film to wait until firm how long is that??? that does not mean we need to refrigerate am i right?

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  7. Yes, you have to refrigerate until firm. I have made that clear. It will approximately take 1 hour or even more.

  8. Looks just perfect. lovely patterns...

  9. what is the time and temperature you have set for baking ...

  10. One of my fav cookies...Perfect spirals Padhu..Love all your new baked xmas goodies!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. Hi Bindumolleti
    Temperature is 180 degree C.Baking time varies.It will take approximately 15 minutes.Sometime less or more than that)That is why I have written, bake until the edges turn golden brown.

  12. i dont use egg at home.instead of egg what should i add for the pinwheel....

  13. Wonderful and very attravtive pinwheel cookies,prefectly done.

  14. Pinwheel cookies is on my baking list. My recipe is a little different. Will update soon. These cookies look really tempting.

  15. i m in awe of the cookies they look delightfully pretty

  16. Do v need to bring the dough to room temperature before baking......if orange zest not added to the dough make any difference

    1. No, you do not have to bring it to room temperature. The dough has to be firm. You have to work fast as soon as you take it from the refrigerator.

  17. U did not answer by 2nd que.....can i do it without orange zest.....can i put any other flavour like lemon....cannot wait more to do the recipe

    1. You can do it without orange zest. You can add any flavor you like.When adding lemon zest, add less.


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