Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies Worthy of a Celebration

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Sneak 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.

chocolate peanut butter pinwheel cookies on a plate

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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.

These cookies taste like chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter in them. They speak directly to my frequent craving for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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

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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If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at Hope to see you again soon! Paula

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pinwheel Cookies

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.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 14 mins
Additional Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 59 mins
Course Cookies
Servings 36 cookies



  • ½ cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg - large
  • 1-3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon table or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips


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


Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies
Serving Size
1 cookie
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate peanut butter rollup cookiespeanut butter chocolate cookiespeanut butter cookies
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  1. This recipe couldn’t look or sound better! I have a love of peanut butter cups too!

    Sweet photo of you and Bonnie. You look intent on finding a really good word 🙂

  2. That picture is certainly worth a thousand words. :+)

  3. Melissa B says:

    5 stars
    Love the photo of you and your sisiter playing Scrabble! =)
    This pinwheel recipe sounds so good! I really enjoy looking around your blog, have a great weekend!

  4. That first picture with the Scrabble prop in the background is worthy of a prize!

  5. bonnie (not your sister!) says:

    What a great idea! So many people, including me, love the peanut butter/choc. combo. Cute photo–reminds me of playing cards endlessly with my older sister when we were kids.

  6. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Such a cute post, Paula – love that picture of you and your sister. I think I might really like playing scrabble if I had a plate of these yummy treats to nibble on! 🙂

  7. Oh dear… this recipe looks dangerously delicious.
    Love the photograph! Isn’t it wonderful to have memories like these.

  8. Love that you and your sister are continuing your love of word games via cyberspace! Cute picture from *back in the day* too.
    The chocolate PB pinwheels looks delicious. A must save and try recipe for sure.

  9. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    We spent many an evening with Scrabble too, and just as you, are continuing the tradition with Words With Friends. What a priceless picture of you and your sister! My sister was quite a bit older than me, so she definitely had the advantage way back when. I like to think I can give her a run for her money now though. 🙂 Those cookies look absolutely wonderful- Chocolate and peanut butter are the best, aren’t they?

  10. TheKitchenWitch says:

    I know two little girls who would think I was the coolest thing ever if I made these.

  11. These are so yummy looking, and I love the old scrabble picture too. My daughter was the same way about fixing her own hair too 🙂

  12. Miriam @ Overtime Cook says:

    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!

  13. 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?

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

  14. 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???

    1. 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.

  15. Melissa B says:

    5 stars
    Love the photo of you and your sisiter playing Scrabble! =)
    This pinwheel recipe sounds so good! I really enjoy looking around your blog, have a great weekend!

  16. 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.

    1. Jane,

      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.

  17. 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.

    1. Hi Ginny, I’m so glad you added this encouraging comment. I agree that practice helps.