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Chocolate Pinwheels

These are an absolute favorite at Christmas, but do well any time. Usually, I just bake a couple of dozen and keep the rest in the fridge for company or to make up cookie plates. This was a Pillsbury bake off winner long, long ago.



  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 oz chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice


Cream butter and sugar and blend in egg and peel, 1 Tbsp. juice. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Reserve 2/3 cup dough. Cover remaining dough and chill 1 hour.

In saucepan, melt chocolate and 2 Tbsp. butter over low heat (recipe was before universal use of microwaves). Remove from heat and stir in nuts and 2 Tbsp. juice and reserved 2/3 cup dough.

On lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough to 16X12 inch rectangle; spread chocolate dough and roll up, jelly roll fashion.

Chill well. Slice to 1/4 inch and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 mins, until well set but not brown. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. I usually double this recipe at Christmas.


By Margie Minard from Mount Vernon, Oh.

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August 30, 20060 found this helpful

I was wondering if you use OJ concentrated or diluted? This sounds delicious (i am a chocoholic), and would love to try them. Thank you!

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