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Pinwheel Cookies

5 from 11 votes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves 40 COOKIES

Pinwheel Cookies

Pinwheel cookies – rich and tasty vanilla and cocoa swirl cookies. Holiday season is around the corner so how about these deliciously flavored pinwheel cookies. Making them is so much fun. Even your kids are going to enjoy baking these stunning cookies. Below version uses egg in the recipe but you can substitute egg with yogurt or pureed fruit of your choice. End result will be the same.

Cookie dough are prepared separately and later chilled in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. You can even refrigerate them for longer hours it won’t harm the dough. Just remember every time you work with the dough – dough should be chilled. While rolling make sure the dough is tightly rolled, if there are air pockets left then your cookies will not have perfect swirls. Secret to perfect swirls is chilled dough with no air pocket.

Sugar in vanilla cookie dough recipe is 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon. Let’s start with these amazing cookies and give your family members a big Christmas Surprise!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM RUCHISKITCHEN.COM

Pinwheel cookies - with tea

Pinwheel Cookies

5 from 11 votes
Delicious pinwheel cookies flavored with cocoa and vanilla swirls.
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 40 COOKIES



  • 1-1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar + 2 tablespoon
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 nos. Egg (substitute with 1/4 cup of Curd or pureed fruit)
  • 1 tablespoon All purpose flour (for dusting the dough)
  • A pinch of Salt




  • Assemble: all the ingredients. All the ingredients should be at the room temperature.
    Pinwheel cookies- ingredients
  • If not using egg, substitute egg with any of the following - 1/4 cup of yogurt/curd or 1/4 cup of mashed banana or 1/4 cup of applesauce.
    Egg substitues
  • In a large bowl sieve flour and salt together.
    Pinwheel cookies - sieve dough
  • Beat butter and sugar together until well mixed. Mix in egg (or yogurt) and vanilla until its blended in the mixture. Mix in the flour and combine until well mixed.
    Pinwheel cookies - Vanilla dough
  • Dust your surface with 1 tablespoon of flour, roll the dough over it and form the dough into a big ball. Whole process will take 25 minutes.
    Pinwheel cookies - vanilla dough ready
  • Vanilla cookie dough is ready. You can use it as is to make plain vanilla cookies.
    Pinwheel cookie - Vanilla dough ready


  • Assemble: all the ingredients for cocoa dough. Ingredients should be at room temperature.
    Pinwheel cookies - cocoa ingredients
  • Sieve the flour, baking soda and salt together til well mixed. In a large bowl beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in cocoa powder, egg and vanilla essence. Mix in flour and mix until it blends well with the mixture.
    Pinwheel cookies - cocoa dough
  • Dust your surface with 1 tablespoon flour and roll out the dough over it and form it into a big ball. Whole process will take 25 minutes.
    Pinwheel cookies - coacoa dough


  • Both the dough are ready.
    Pinwheel cookies - vanilla and cookie dough
  • Divide the dough into equal balls. This way it will be easy to roll into squares. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    Pinwheel cookies - wrapped
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap them. Place them in between a wax paper and roll them out into 1 inch squares.
    Pinwheel cookies - rolling cocoa dough
  • Cut them into even squares and place them over each other. If you like the outer covering to be white then place the vanilla dough at the bottom and layer it with cocoa dough.
    Pinwheel cookies- squares
  • Using a rolling pin roll flatten out the dough. Now start rolling the dough tightly.Keep rolling it tight so that no air pockets are left.
    Pinwheel cookies - rolled out dough
  • Once dough is fully rolled out, wrap it in a wax paper and chill for another 30 minutes.
    Pinwheel cookies - cut cookies
  • Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it and slice the dough into circles about 1/4 inch thick.
    Pinwheel cookies - cut into rolls
  • Place them on a baking sheet and bake them in the preheated oven for about 12- 15 minutes.
    Pinwheel cookies - ready for baking
  • When cooked, allow them to sit for a while until cooled.
    Pinwheel cookies- Baked cookies
  • Enjoy them with hot tea!!
    Pinwheel cookies - with tea
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. Sarah says:

    These look awesome but I really hate all purpose flour it’s so bad for you is there a healthier alternative that would work in this recipe instead of all purpose flour?

    • RK says:

      Thanks Sara, wheat flour is always an option.Though it will make the cookie denser and thicker.Substitute all purpose flour with wheat flour and add 2 tablespoon milk to knead the dough.

  2. zainab says:

    I tried your recipe of cookies the result was awesome thanks a lot dear

  3. zainab says:

    I tried your recipe result was awesome thanks a lot.

  4. Riya says:

    Nice recipe, came out really good.Mine didn’t turn the way like yours but tasted good.Thanks Ruchi

  5. Super Duper mom says:

    Lovely recipe, it is a time-consuming one, but well worth it. I split-ed the work over 2 days, make the dough one day and bake the next.Perfectly worked for me, no stress, no fuss !Yum! Love these cookies. So buttery and delicious.

  6. Preethi says:

    These are such a unique and delicious cookies. Although my pinwheels had a different design not perfect like yours but they tasted good, my pinwheel was a little messy shaped. I guess because of high humidity the dough kept melting and it was difficult to handle. But overall they are soft, chewy and tasted wonderful and will be trying out again as I loved their look and taste. Thanks Ruchi! Another star added to a winner recipe of yours!!

    • RK says:

      Thank you Preethi for such wonderful feedback! Glad you liked the recipe. Shaping the cookie dough may seem difficult if the temperatures are too hot. Next time chill a chopping board or a big plate in the fridge for an hour and use that. It will work like a charm.

  7. Tammy says:

    Yum-O recipe Ruchi. Perfect and delicious. I didn’t get the perfect spirals but better luck next time. Enjoying the cookies for now.

    • RK says:

      Thanks for trying out the recipe Tammy! Glad to hear that you liked it. Do give them a try again and I am sure you will end up having perfect pinwheel cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kusum Soni says:

    Aaki site bahut achi hai. Meine yeh cookies banaye bahut ache bane par aapke jaise round circle nahi aaye. Par khane mein bahut ache hai aur tasty bhi. Aapka site dekh kar cooking karne ka man karta hai. Please koshish kare aur recipe hindi mein bhi daliye.

  9. Samuel says:

    I am following your blog from Blogovin. Delicious collection and will be trying this over the weekend. Thanks for picture guide, it’s a great help in understanding the steps.Clarity shows in your work, Kudos!!

    • RK says:

      Welcome to the blog, Samuel! Glad you liked it and thank you for your kind words!! Do give them a try and if possible share your experience!!

  10. Reema says:

    any substitute for Oven?

  11. Lorraine says:

    Ruchi love each of you recipe and the well explained method I follow your recipes always. Thank you for putting recipes online

    • Ruchi says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Lorraine!
      Glad to hear that you are finding my recipes helpful.

  12. Mansi says:

    Hi Ruchi, I just took out all the ingredients to bake these cookies with my daughter. I noticed there is baking soda in the chocolate dough but not in the vanilla dough. Thought I will confirm it is not a miss ? Thanks for the great recipes ! Mansi