Baking Escapade #10: Chocolate Pinwheels

chocolate pinwheels

A few short months ago, had anyone suggested that making biscuits and cookies from scratch can be easy and delightful, I’d have plead guilty to “willful damage to life and property” and caused bodily harm….i think that’s where my favourite book( The Cookie Book, over 300 step-by-step recipes for home baking by Catherine Atkinson, Joanna Farrow and Velerie Barrett) came to my rescue…. I’ve come to think otherwise now…. Though I have a long way to go before I can be super confident… Sometime last month I baked these delightful chocolate pinwheels…….they’re easy, look awesome, make for great gifts and are a perfect excuse if you are chocoholic….. i’ve met with the same success every time I have made them….so they come highly recommended especially for novice bakers.

foodbloggacookielogo.jpegthis is being sent off to Susan of the Food blogga who has this fabulous round up for christmas cookies. i’ve already made a few selections to make up for christmas….she’s updating the entries as she receives them, so be sure to check it out here.

jfi_chocolate.jpgthis also fabulously qualifies for JFI….this month is one of everyone’s favourite!! Chocolate. JFI is the concept of Indira’s from Mahanandi and this month is hosted by Deepz of Letzcook. she is a self confessed chocoholic ( who isnt??) and is thrilled to be hosting this…..scurry over for some sinfully chocolatey recipes…..

Ingredients: makes about 25 cookies

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup superfine castor sugar

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp milk

A little cold water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line two baking sheets with butter paper. Rub in the butter and flour and sugar to resemble crumbs. Add very little water to combine into a soft dough. Do not knead.

Divide the cookie dough into two parts. Flavor one half by kneading in the cocoa mixed in the milk. Wrap and chill both parts of the dough for about 30 minutes.

Roll out each piece of dough into a rectangle about 8×10 inches. Brush the plain dough with a little milk before placing the chocolate dough on top. Roll up tightly from the long side of the rectangle. Cut into ¼ inch thick slices and bake for 10-12 mins at 180 degrees celcius.

When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing. Dust with powdered sugar when warm (optional). This dough can be frozen for future use too.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. swati says:

    Do we have to bake them with the butter paper?

  2. romaspace says:

    I have been wanting to make chocolate pinwheels for so long. Now that I saw how mouth watering your pinwheels look, I cant wait to try it out.
    This is definitely next on my list.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    hi roma…thanks and i hope you let me know how they turned out….good luck!!

  3. Ashley says:

    I love how those cookies look!

    hi ashley!! welcome to escapades and thanks for the kind words…do try them out…. cheers for the new year!!

  4. Bharathy says:

    Arundathi…dint recive your mails recently…the chain has come to an abrpt stop and will move smooth only after you send to two…Mail me asap and I will send you the addresses(i have them ready for you)…post the arusuvai asap too..
    Have a great New year ahead! 🙂

  5. Bharathy says:

    You are Arundathi Rao who received the frienship Ing from Renuka from South…right??
    If you are,Pls mail me when free 🙂

    yes maam!! have emailed you already!!

  6. mansi says:

    hey Arundhati! these darlings are just so pretty! I was going to make swirl cookies with peppermint and vanilla, but at the last minute I just changed course to just combine the flours:)

    wow, if i were anywhere near you, i would have shamelessly asked you to give me a bag of these!!:)


  7. Dr. Benabio says:

    Hi Arundati,
    I’m so happy you like that book because now we all get to take pleasure in your pretty chocolate pinwheels. They will make an attractive addition to Eat Christmas Cookies! Many thanks, Susan

    am so happy you like them too….definitely show stoppers with minimum fuss…just the way i like them…….. thanks for the lovely words of encouragement….

  8. Aparna says:

    I have tagged you for a meme. No compulsions. Please see

  9. dd says:

    i read yr comment on the ultra grinder and i wanted to know about it. do you use it to make cookie dough, cake batter, knead atta, pizza dough and how easy is it. thks.

    i haven’t tried cake batter. but cookie dough, atta and pizza and bread dough is a breeze with the atta attachment. once it all comes together for the atta, pizza and bread dough, i knead it for the time required….. its great especially if you want to make bigger quantities of dough and store it…chappatti atta i knead for 3 days at a time…hope this helps

  10. Happy Cook says:

    Wonderful pinwheel cookies and that too with chocolate. yumm

    i think the love for chocolate is so universal!!

  11. Aparna says:

    These look good. I make these on and off. Especially convenient as you can store the dough in the fridge and make them the next day.

    are’nt they easy and delightful, both on the nerves and on the tongue!! i love these….

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