Pinwheel Cookies

Feeling a little nostalgic, these Maurice Lenell Pinwheel cookies are from Bruce’s youth. Bruce has fond memories of visiting his Aunt Jean and Uncle Bob and snacking on Maurice Lenell Bakery in Chicago. Christmas Pinwheel cookies were a favorite of his.

These pinwheel cookies are rolled up with a vanilla and a milk chocolate layer of cookie dough, and rolled in red and green sugar. The flavor will keep you baking these for every holiday season!

2 layers of cookie dough are rolled out, then layered and rolled into logs. After a nice chill in the fridge, they are rolled in red and green sugar. This gives them the bright color and a tasty crisp edge. Slicing them with a sharp knife while they are ice cold is key to keeping the shape round. 

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Red and green and chocolate cookies and milk with red and white straws

Pinwheel Cookies

  • Author: theperksofbeingus
  • Total Time: Overnight plus bake time
  • Yield: 72 cookies 1x


green and red pinwheel cookies




This recipe is for 2 batches of cookie dough: one vanilla, and one chocolate MAKE 2 BATCHES OF THE BELOW COOKIE DOUGH!

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

Add in for the chocolate batch:

  • 4 oz. melted chocolate chips (we used milk chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet)


Step 1 

  • Measure flour, salt, & baking powder out, set aside
  • Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
  • Add in almond and vanilla extract
  • Add dry mixture and beat on low until just combined
  • Scrape dough out of mixer and form a ball
  • Split vanilla dough in half, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Step 2:

For Chocolate Layer: Repeat above recipe and then add in chocolate:

  • Melt milk chocolate in microwave on half power checking and stirring every 30 seconds
  • Add melted chocolate into dough, and mix
  • Split dough in half, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Step 3

  • Roll out each ball of dough between parchment paper forming a rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick
  • You will have 2 vanilla, and 2 chocolate rectangles
  • Gently pull top parchment paper off of each of the cookie doughs
  • Lay the chocolate layer on top of the vanilla layer
  • Repeat this with 2nd set of cookie dough
  • Roll each roll into a tight roll (think cinnamon rolls!)
  • Roll one roll in red colored sugar and other in green colored sugar
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and return to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes

red sugar covered cookie dough

Step 4

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Bring rolls one at a time and re-roll into fresh colored sugar for a double coating!
  • Slice into ¼ inch slices and place on cookie sheet, spacing at least 1 inch apart

green sugar cookie dough

  • Bake 8-10 minutes, turning half way thru
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire cookie rack
  • Keep in a covered container



  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 each batch
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: pastries

Keywords: christmas cookies cookies


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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


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    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge


      Hope you enjoy!

      • P cook

        My favorite cookie from my youth…but…how much chocolate did you add?

        • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge



          Thank you for your response! We just added that into the recipe: 4 0z. of melted chocolate chips. We used milk chocolate because I like that, but you can use semi sweet! Thank you so much for your time to let us know this! We hope you make the and enjoy them as much as we do! Happy holidays!

          Bruce and Dina

  3. Pam

    WOW! Just made these. Perfect! Thanks for the memories! Merry Christmas

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge



      That is awesome! So glad you like them! They sure bring back memories! Have the best Holiday!!

      Dina and Bruce

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