Pinwheel Cookies

The last weekend of 2013 vanished without much happening. A lot of guests and loads of cooking had literally exhausted umma and me, that we opted for a silent yesterday, where we had minimal cooking. As much as I enjoy cooking, days as such really temper your mood down that you do not want to do anything with the kitchen for the many many days to come! Today also I am thinking of pulling my folks at home out for dinner rather than something home made… A couple of days of no-cooking will not be of any harm, would it? ๐Ÿ™‚


My kids love cookies, period! They love to munch on biscuits, wafers and cookies any time and our home has always stock of whatever they like. Nowadays, I am trying to push myself to bake them at home, so that I know what they are eating is home made and free of preservatives, however most of the time my lazy bone comes in and I really don’t bake cookies much at home. I had eyed these pinwheel cookies when they were declared in the Home Baker’s Challenge a few months ago, and I have baked these a couple of times, both times to pack for my cousins back home rather than for the kids. I kept a little for them and had kept it out in a small “dabba” on my kitchen slab so that they could have it when they felt it, and the time it took to vanish was not something measurable. Yes, it disappeared by the time I was back from office, I mean, not the dabba, but the cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would hopefully bake them again… but then not every time the same cookies, right? Hmm… definitely, when Rasha asks for it again… ๐Ÿ™‚



Pinwheel Cookies

Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate melted


  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs and the vanilla and beat again till blended.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly, bring in the dough and mix till well combined.
  • Divide the dough into half. Set aside one half for the vanilla portion.
  • Whisk the cocoa into the melted chocolate without any lumps and add to the other half of the dough and mix well.
  • Cover both the dough with cling film and refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Lay parchment paper on a baking tray.
  • Roll out the vanilla and chocolate discs on parchment papers to similar length and breadth, around 1/2 inch thick. You may divide dough into two portions and work on it or do it at once - I had done the rolling in two batches.
  • Slowly flip the chocolate dough onto the top of the vanilla dough and remove the parchment paper.
  • Gently roll on top of the dough to make it compressed. Roll the dough into one big log.
  • Trim or press the sides neatly. Carefully cut the log into 1/4 inch thick cookies.
  • Put them on the tray and bake for around 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack. Store in air tight container.
  • The cookies stay good for around 10 days - if it stays for that long, that is!

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  1. The cookies look pretty and wonder the kids finished them in no time

    1. thank u so much kaveri…

  2. One of my fav the texture dear

    1. thank u so much ramya…

  3. it looks so cute and delicious, give me some for me please

    1. thank u so much amallia…

  4. Even I am trying to bake at home as much as possible. These cookies look perfect and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. but sometimes i feel so lazy to bake! ๐Ÿ™ thanks a lot, rekha… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. pretty and delicious.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thank u so much laxmi… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. nicely done.. love this combo

    1. thank u so much veena…

  7. Yummy cookies…my kids love cookies…

    1. thank u so much shabbu…

  8. Lovely cookies…I would love to give them a try…

    1. thank u so much pankthi…

  9. wow wow so perfectly made pinwheel cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ looks fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thank u so much manju… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. cookies look great Rafeeda..Its the same here abt cookies n biscuits. they vanish in no time..
    btw have sent you an email. do check it..

    1. thank u so much fathima…

  11. Lovey dovey pinwheel cookies. You still can bake after all the cooking for the week? I've been on leave and after cooking just for us, I gave up, did nothing and packed food from outside.

    1. nava, these were baked some time back and clicked…. i'm still on a recess from the kitchen, thankfully i have the drafts to do the work for me… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Perfect dear… Looks very yummm… Yes cookies are all time favorite to all…

    1. thank u so much vijaya…

  13. These had been on my list for so long…thanks for reminding :)….Baking at home is good so u get to know what goes into it and also adjust the sugar and butter as ur family needs , plus u get to learn to make new stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. that's y i love to bake!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks a lot anupa…

  14. I'm loving it… It brings back my childhood memories ๐Ÿ™‚ Mum used to make this for me every now n then… And now I'll ๐Ÿ™‚

    Join me @ for delicious dishes everyday!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. that's glad to know shruti… ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks a lot…

  15. Awesome pinwheels my most favourite one ๐Ÿ™‚ happy new year may the year bring you loads of memories and health that will keep you happy and live life the best


    1. thank u so much dear… hope 2014 brings u better success as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Lovely, your pinwheel cookies turned out so perfect.

    1. thank u so much ambreen…

  17. Wow Rafeeda you are so creative my dear <3 in fact this is what we call some thing different .. your amazing cookies are just scanned in Monu's brain ๐Ÿ˜€ will try it for sure .. very very nice looks, excellent recipe .. Love :*

    1. thank u so much monu… do try it, u will definitely love it… ๐Ÿ™‚

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