Chocolate Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

8 minutes


24 people

When you think fancy, these are the cookies that come to mind! Here’s a recipe that brings out the artist in you.

You can use the same dough to make in different designs, such as strips or a checkerboard. Experiment and have fun!


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 square bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • additional 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • additional warm milk for brushing over chocolate layer


  • 1 Cream shortening and sugar together.
  • 2 Add egg yolk, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix well.
  • 3 Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Separate dough into two sections.
  • 4 To one section, add the melted chocolate and the additional tablespoon of milk and mix well. Chill both sections in refrigerator.
  • 5 After dough is chilled, remove one section from the refrigerator and roll it out between two sheets of waxed paper into a rectangle (about 10x12).
  • 6 Repeat with the second section, so that they are about the same size when rolled out, but with the plain section just a little bigger.
  • 7 Brush the chocolate layer with warm milk, and place the plain layer on top.
  • 8 Roll together. The plain layer will "shrink" as it rolls so they should come out pretty evenly. You will now have a tight pinwheel wrapped in waxed paper. Chill in refrigerator.
  • 9 Once chilled, slice cookies with a sharp knife into cookie-sized circles. Dough will not spread out or puff up, so the size you slice will be size of the final cookie.
  • 10 Place on parchment paper or greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


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