Day 3: Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels*

It’s a cookie, it’s an ornament, its a cookie ornament!

Wait, what? Are none of you Aunts to a niece who thinks Pillow Pets are the greatest things on earth? Well I am, and the jingle has been stuck in my head all the way back since her birthday…in September…

These cookies may possibly be one of my favorite Christmas cookies to make, but only because they look so much more impressive then they really are. They make a perfect decoration and treat for any holiday party! If you have a mini tree (or if you don’t, they sell pre-lit ones at Walmart for 8$), just string some together on any festive ribbons, and hang them right before your guests arrive. Then, whenever they are ready, they can eat them right off the tree! It sounds kind of cheesy, but I have seen it done quite beautifully.

Pinwheels can seem a little hard to do when you are just reading the instructions, so to make them as easy as they are, here is your step by step photo instructions!

Place 1 disk of dough (see bottom for recipe) on a floured surface with floured rolling pin.

Roll dough into 10-inch by 7 1/2-inch rectangle.

Remove edges with a knife, to create a perfect rectangle.

With a knife, cut rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips.

Then cut each strip crosswise into 3 squares.

Place squares, 1 inch apart, on a parchment paper lined large cookie sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon Nutella in center of each square.

With knife, make a cut from each corner toward center (do not cut all the way to center).

Fold every other tip in to center to form pinwheel.

Repeat with remaining squares. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. At this point, if you would like to create a hole for a ribbon, using a straw, press it into the thicker part of one of the wheels of the pinwheel. The actual cookie will stay inside of the straw, leaving a perfect hole for ribbon. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

 

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels

Yield: 24 cookies

Recipe Note: Pinwheels are easily adapted. You can add sprinkles like I did or dust them with sugar crystals for a glistening look. You can also use jam for the filling instead of Nutella to add a different flavor combo AND to save even more calories! And lastly, you can get a different flavored cookie by using Almond Extract instead of Vanilla.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 cup(s) sugar
6 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup(s) prepared chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella)

Directions:

On a sheet of waxed paper, stir flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar with butter until creamy. At low speed, beat in egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom until mixed. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. (Or, place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place dough (see bottom for recipe) on a floured surface with floured rolling pin. Roll 1 disk of dough into 10-inch by 7 1/2-inch rectangle. Remove edges with a sharp knife, to create a perfect rectangle.

With a sharp knife, cut rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips. Then cut each strip crosswise into 3 squares. Place squares, 1 inch apart, on a parchment paper lined large cookie sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon Nutella in center of each square. With knife, make a cut from each corner toward center (do not cut all the way to center). Fold every other tip in to center to form pinwheel.

Repeat with remaining squares. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. At this point, if you would like to create a hole for a ribbon, using a straw, press it into the thicker part of one of the wheels of the pinwheel. The actual cookie will stay inside of the straw, leaving a perfect hole for ribbon. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Each cookie is 95 calories (made with Nutella, to save even more calories make them with Jam!)

Adapted from Good Housekeeping

 

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18 Responses to “Day 3: Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels”

  1. 1

    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 8, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    Wow, very cool!

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    Becky — December 8, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    These are adorable and SO easy! Can’t wait to try em!

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — December 8, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    These are just gorgeous! And sound delicious too…!

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    Paula — December 8, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    I love the look of this cookie! Great tutorial too.

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    Julie Roberts — December 8, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    love this! just love it!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 8, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    What a lovely and festive holiday cookie! These look beautiful, Jessica, and so delicate and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a cookies and cookbook giveaway today that you should enter!

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    Anna Johnston — December 8, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Fantastic idea. Love it.

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    Becky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    How pretty and delicious! Thanks for the step-by-step folding directions…I’d never figure that out myself ; )

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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — December 8, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Lady, these are so pretty! I’ve never seen cookies like this before. Thanks for sharing them! :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 8, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    Gorgeous!!

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    Christy — December 8, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    You are blessed to have such great lighting in your kitchen. You pictures are great! Awesome job!

    • Jessica replied: — December 9th, 2010 @ 1:05 am

      Ha! Christy I wish I had that kind of light in my kitchen! This was all done on my folding card table that I use for photography in my living room. :-)

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    Tiffany Rosenberger — December 9, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    What a great idea! Beautiful photos.

  13. 13

    Eliana — December 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    hmmm – anything Nutella is a winner in my book :)

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    Caitlin — December 21, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    I just cooked these up! They are NOT the prettiest, but they do resemble yours so I call that a success. Thanks for sharing!

    Caitlin

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    The Novice Chef » Beauty In The Imperfections — September 1, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    […] You have no idea how long it took me to do this post with step by step photos of pinwheels. And even worse, it took me for-freaking-ever to get all the Nutella fingerprints off my […]

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    Dabbled | Planning ahead for Holiday Cookie/Candy Baking | All Chocolate — November 15, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    […] from The Novice Chef… Some really tasty looking treats, and under 100 calories… I love the Chocolate Hazelnut Pinwheels- They can double as an edible ornament! (though I think I’ll make some with Jam inside […]

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    Farzana — January 6, 2013 @ 5:57 am

    Hi Jessica! i love what u do. i am 20 and very interested in studying culinary arts…but i live in Bangladesh and apprenticeship is not available so THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing such nice and easy recipes with the world! u r awesome!!

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