Chocolate Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies – The Cookie Rookie®

These tasty treats look like they are right out of a bakery! These chocolate vanilla pinwheel cookies are surprisingly easy to make, and of course, more than delicious!

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The holiday season is upon us, and for me, that means cookie season! These cute chocolate vanilla pinwheel cookies are perfect to serve throughout Christmas and are perfect if you are planning a cookie exchange.

Rich, chocolatey and buttery, what’s not to love?!

If you are looking for some more cookie inspirations, be sure to check out my Christmas Butter Cookies and Soft Molasses Cookies recipes!

  • Simple ingredients: There’s nothing fancy about the ingredients in these cookies, you’ll have most things already on hand.
  • Easy: Despite their appearance, these cookies are super easy to make, even for the novice baker.
  • Quick: It only takes about 10 minutes to make and roll the doughs.
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How to make chocolate vanilla pinwheel cookies

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Cream the sugar and butter together and mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
  • Divide the dough in half and mix in the cocoa powder to one half.
  • Roll out the chocolate dough.
  • Roll out the plain dough and place on top of the chocolate dough.
  • Roll the two layers together, trim the edges and roll into a sausage shape.
  • Chill in the freezer.
  • Cut into slices and bake.
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How long do they keep?

Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep well for 3 to 4 days.

To freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months, freeze them solid on a baking sheet before transferring to an freezer bag. Thaw frozen cookies at room temperature for an hour or so before enjoying.

Can you make the cookie dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can roll the dough and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months before baking. Place it in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn and bring it out of the freezer for 15 minutes before slicing it.

Recipe Variations

These pinwheel cookies are pretty delicious as they are, but if you like, you can put a layer of jam in between the two layers of dough for an extra special treat. You could also add green or red food coloring to the vanilla dough to make them extra festive!

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  • If it is difficult to cut the cookies when the dough first comes out of the freezer allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Bake the pinwheel cookies in a fully pre-heated oven so that they cook through evenly.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.
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