Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pinwheels

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Peanut butter and chocolate combine to make these fun cookies.

See the Scrabble board in the picture above?  It’s the same board seen in the picture below. That’s me on the left, playing against my younger sister Bonnie. I think I was around 10 yrs-old, so she would have been about 8.  We spent many winter evenings on the farm playing Scrabble since we had no TV. Nowadays? We still play, every day, on Words with Friends. Competition is friendly, but we still take satisfaction in the occasional B-I-N-G-O and high score. Bonnie is way too gentle to keep a running tally of who has won the most games overall, but I’m pretty sure I’m in the lead.  (I can hear her laughing about that one all the way from Denver!)

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Training for Words with Friends -- circa 1964

I’m not sure what was going on with my bangs, but don’t blame my mom.  I wouldn’t let her style my hair from first grade on.  You can imagine the weird hairstyles I came up with.  I still like strange hairstyles.  🙂

I found the recipe for these cookies printed on an old calendar. They’re fun and tasty when I want something just a bit different. Taste-wise, they 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 below.  Turn it out onto waxed paper and follow the pictures.

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Roll out dough between waxed paper and spread melted chocolate on top. Chill for 30-45 minutes.

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Slice chilled cookie dough 1/4-inch thick and place on prepared cookie sheet.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pinwheels
Recipe type: Cookies
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  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ 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 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 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 ¼ inch thick and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Move to cooling rack while still warm.

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Sally N November 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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???


Paula November 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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 May 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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?


Paula May 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

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!


`Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

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 🙂


TheKitchenWitch April 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

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


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit April 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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?


Paula April 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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.


Natasha April 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

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


The Café Sucré Farine April 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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! 🙂


bonnie (not your sister!) April 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

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.


Gary April 29, 2012 at 6:21 am

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


Melissa B April 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

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!


sis April 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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


Lorraine April 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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 🙂


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