Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies


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Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies on a cooling rack

Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies are tender butter cookies with swirls of chocolate, vanilla and mint dough. These slice and bake cookies can be frozen and ready for baking in just a few minutes.

I can’t get enough of chocolate and mint this time of year (can you tell from these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies?) These easy pinwheel cookies are one of my favorite vehicles for the combo. I like to under-bake them by a minute or two for super soft, gooey centers. Baked for the right amount of time (8 to 10 minutes), they have a tender, buttery crumb.

Molly and Clara helping to bake Chocolate Mint Pinwheels

These take a few steps, but I’ve got you covered with plenty photos. Including my kitchen helpers whose favorite job is sampling chocolate chips and pouring excessive amounts of food coloring into the mixer.

Here’s how it goes..

Step One: Make the Dough

First make a big batch of vanilla dough. Divide it into thirds. Eyeball it or weight it…

weighing dough for pinwheel cookies

Step Two: Divide and Color

Make each portion of dough into it’s own color and flavor. Green (peppermint), chocolate and red (vanilla).

dividing and coloring dough for pinwheel cookies

Step Three: Roll

Roll the dough out into 11″ squares. I like to draw a square on a piece of wax paper and place it over top as a guide.

rolling out dough for pinwheel cookies

I usually have to fold the sides over a few times and / or tear off a few pieces and move them around to get an even square.

chocolate dough on a sheet of parchment paper

red dough on a parchment square

Step Four: Chill

Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes so that it’s chilled. This will keep the layers from bleeding into one another when they’re stacked. Fridge shot!

colored dough for pinwheel cookies stacked in the fridge

Step Five: Stack

After 30 minutes, stack the layers (in any order you’d like). Gently press the layers together.

layers of colored dough on a parchment square

Step Six: Jelly Roll It

Roll the layers up, jelly-roll style. Press them a bit while rolling to prevent gaps.

rolling layered colored dough

rolled layer dough

Step Seven: One Last Chill or Freeze

Refrigerate again to get the dough nice and firm. Or freeze for up to 3 months (how’s that for getting ahead on your holiday baking?)

slicing Pinwheel Cookies

Step Eight: Slice & Bake

Then slice and bake! And enjoy!

baked Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies on a sheet pan

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Chocolate Mint Pinwheels
4.67 from 6 votes

Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies are tender butter cookies with swirls of chocolate, vanilla and mint dough. These slice and bake cookies can be frozen and ready for baking in just a few minutes.
Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings: 40 cookies


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stand Mixer
  • Wax Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Sharp Knife
  • Half Sheet Pan


  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Red Food Coloring
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Green Food Coloring
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until smooth. Add sugar and beat on high until light and fluffy, ~2 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. Add vanilla and mix for 1 minute more.
  • Add dry ingredients in three increments, mixing between each one.
  • Divide dough into three even portions.
  • Red
    Put the first portion of dough in the mixer and add red food coloring, while mixing, until the dough is a nice bright red. Set red dough aside and wipe out bowl.
  • Green
    Put the second portion of dough in the mixer and add peppermint extract and green food coloring, while mixing, until the dough is bright green. Set green dough aside and wipe out bowl.
  • Chocolate
    Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (in 10 second increments, stirring between each). Put the third portion of dough in the mixer and add melted chocolate chips. Mix until evenly combined.
  • Working with one portion of dough at a time, roll each into a 11" x 11" square. (I use a permanent marker to draw a square on a piece of wax paper and use that as a guide.)
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes until chilled.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and stack the three portions (in any order). Gently press layers together.
  • Using the bottom sheet of wax paper to lift dough, roll it into a log. Press gently as you roll to avoid gaps. Wrap the dough tightly in wax paper and then in foil.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 5 days. (At this point the dough can be frozen for up to 3 months; defrost in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before baking.)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Using a sharp knife cut roll into 1/8" slices. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet. The cookies will spread as they bake, so leave 2" between.
  • Bake until cookies appear just set in the middle, 8 to 10 minutes. (The texture will be tender and buttery. I've also been known to bake these for as little as 6 minutes. Soft, gooey, delicious.) Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Calories: 146
Keyword: chocolate, Christmas, cookies, holidays, mint, slice and bake
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Clara contemplating a bar of unsweetened chocolate. I’m not sure she believes that it won’t taste like Hershey’s.

clara looking at unsweetened chocolate

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi! I just made this recipe today (well, baked it today, put it together yesterday)! They are delicious! I did use an egg replacer which likely made the dough a bit different, so I wasn’t able to roll it into a log for pinwheels (totally on me). HOWEVER I did improvise and just have the layers be flat on top of one another and used a cookie cutter to make star cookies:)

  2. 5 stars
    I love the adapted IKEA foot stools. You guys should sell the idea to IKEA.
    The cookies look amazing and you made it look so easy. We’re having my wife’s work team over for a Julfest (Chistmas party) on the 15th and they’ve requested that I make a American cookie smörgåsbord. I’m going to give these a try as I think they’d surely impress. Thanks for making it look easy for us non-bakers out here in food land.