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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies Worthy of a Celebration

Preview: Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies combine peanut butter dough with a layer of melted chocolate chips. Bake and enjoy the PB Cup flavors.

Do you have a recipe that has stared at you for years? Maybe it’s in your tattered recipe collection, on the cover of one of your favorite cookbooks, or in my case, on a calendar that featured recipes.

Finally, it was time to make the cookies or throw away the old calendar. I was elated when they turned out tasty and also, pretty enough for a cookie tray.

Taste-wise, these cookies remind me of a chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter in it. They speak directly to my frequent craving for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Get started by mixing the dough per the recipe. Turn it out onto waxed paper and follow the pictures below.

chocolate peanut butter pinwheel cookies on a plate

Recipe Tips

  1. Rolling up the dough with chocolate inside can be a little tricky. If the ambient temperature in your kitchen is rather warm, the dough can be messy. If necessary, chill the dough for a few minutes before you start, to make it easier to handle.

2. After you spread the chocolate and roll up the dough, chill from 30-45 minutes. In my experience, this is when the dough will be the easiest to handle.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies

3. If you chill until the dough is completely firm, the chocolate will be difficult to slice without it cracking unevenly. A little experience will help you decide when the dough is ready to slice.

4. Use a serrated knife to slice the dough for cookies. It moves through the chilled chocolate a little more easily. Even better, use a warm and sharp serrated knife.

Even if the cookies don’t slice perfectly, they will still taste delicious.

How to roll out Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies:

cookie dough on wax paper
Place cookie dough onto a large sheet of wax paper.
rolling out cookie dough (between 2 layers of wax paper)
Cover with another sheet of waxed paper.
dough in large rectangle
Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a 10 x 17-inch rectangle.
pouring chocolate layer on cookie dough
Pour melted and slightly cooled chocolate onto the dough.
chocolate layer on cookie dough
Spread chocolate evenly.
rolling cookie dough with chocolate layer to make cookies
Roll up dough to form a log.
sliced cookies going onto a cookie sheet
Cut the log into 1/2 inch slices and place the cookies onto a prepared cookie sheet.

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Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pinwheel Cookies

This Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookie recipe combines peanut butter dough with a layer of melted chocolate. Roll the dough into a jellyroll shape before slicing.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 59 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in peanut butter, milk, vanilla extract, and egg.
  2. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Melt chocolate in a separate bowl by microwaving for one minute on HIGH. Set aside to cool.
  4. Press dough into a ball and place between two long sheets of waxed paper. Roll out into a 10 x 17-inch rectangle.
  5. Remove the top piece of waxed paper and spread cooled chocolate over the top. Starting with the long side, roll up dough with chocolate inside. Chill for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookies sheets by covering with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper or by greasing.
  7. Slice chilled roll 1/2-inch thick and place onto prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Move to a cooling rack while still warm.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 20th of November 2021

Yes, I have made this recipe for chocolate pinwheel cookies for years and they are wonderful. At first had a hard time rolling them out but practice makes perfect I do make them often.


Wednesday 4th of September 2019

Yummy cookies. I had no problems except that the way I cut them, I got more than 50 cookies out of that recipe, rather than the 18 that it says, and they are nice sized cookies. Since the roll is 17 inches long, it only makes sense that you're going to get more than 18 cookies if you cut them 1/4 inch thick.


Wednesday 4th of September 2019


Hmmmm. What you say about the number of cookies makes complete sense. Math was never my best subject. However, this gives me an excuse to make these cookies and do a re-count. Thanks for writing.

Sally N

Saturday 17th of November 2012

I would love to be able to make chocolate peanut butter pinwheels, but I have had no luck. After the recommended waiting period, 30 min., the chocolate becomes very hard to cut but the dough is still very soft. As a result I cannot slice the roll. This recipe calls for 6 oz of chocolate which is a whole lot better than the recipes that call for 12 or even 16oz. What am I doing wrong???


Saturday 17th of November 2012

Yes, the dough will still be somewhat soft. You might try the freezer for a few minutes. My other tip is to use a very sharp serrated knife to cut the slices. Let the knife sit in hot water a few minutes to heat it up and cut through the chocolate easier. I will admit this part is a little tricky but practice helps.

Carmen C

Sunday 6th of May 2012

This looks like a fun cookie recipe that I'd like to try. One question though. Is that 16 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate or 1(one) 6 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate as in a package of chocolate chips?


Sunday 6th of May 2012

Carmen, That is an excellent question. It should be 1(one) 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips. I will make the correction. pr

Miriam @ Overtime Cook

Tuesday 1st of May 2012

These cookies are absolutely gorgeous looking. Combine that with the fact that it's my absolute favorite flavor combination....these are definitely going on my do-bake list!

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