CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO PINWHEEL COOKIES for ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

Several years ago, much before the days of Pinterest, I collected recipes in a binder. These were recipes I’d wanted to try as well as recipes we’d tried and loved. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I really wanted to make something green, but a little different. I opened up the trusty ole binder and came across this recipe and I knew I had to try it. {I originally found the recipe from Parents.com.}

The good news is, even though they seem difficult, they were actually really easy and we loved them. The chocolate- pistachio flavors pair so well together and they certainly aren’t your average sugar cookie! The pinwheel shape is so fun too, my kids loved them!

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies
  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough {I used a package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix since I don’t normally buy the cookie dough tubes!}
  • 3 TBSP instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped pistachios
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 TBSP light-brown sugar
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

1. Divide cookie dough in half. Into one half mix in the pistachio pudding, chopped pistachio nuts and green food coloring. Shape into a small rectangle; wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2.  Mix the cocoa powder and the brown sugar into the remaining dough. Shape into a small rectangle, wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

3. Roll out the pistachio dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to a 12 x 8-inch rectangle. {Or as close as you can to that. I never seem to get mine into a rectangle. Oval was a better description! Even still, it worked!} Repeat with the chocolate dough.

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

4. Remove top sheet of waxed paper from the chocolate dough. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper from the pistachio dough and place on top of the chocolate dough. Using your rolling pin, roll the doughs together lightly. You don’t want to merge them into one, just simply adhere them together a bit.

Peel off the top sheet of waxed paper. Starting with a long side, roll up doughs, jelly-roll fashion, using the bottom waxed paper as a guide and removing paper as you roll. This was easier than I thought it’d be! Right when you start, make sure the whole long side of the dough tucks into itself tightly. Then just pull the wax paper, encouraging the dough to roll, tucking it it as needed.

Wrap in the excess wax paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

5. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

6. Using a long, thin knife, slice dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees F for 11 to 12 minutes.

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread

7. Remove from baking sheets and cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
Chocolate Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies St. Patrick's Day: Butter with a Side of Bread
ENJOY!

18 COMMENTS

  1. I never knew pinwheel cookies were as easy as layer 2 doughs and rolling them together, I definitely want to do that now because it makes them so cute! And I'll have to try adding pistachio pudding to sugar cookies next time I see my dad cause he LOVES pistachio!
  2. These are super cute!! I pinned them! :)<br /><br />I would love for you to join my Blog Hop and Link Up!<br /><br />http://www.pluckys-secondthought.com/pluckys-blog-hop/<br /><br />http://www.pluckys-secondthought.com/pluckys-link-up-and-a-giveaway/
  3. these turned out great!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Nap-Time Creations&#39; Tasteful Tuesdays... so glad to have you around for the party! I&#39;m pleased to tell you that this recipe is being featured tomorrow in a CELEBRATE GREEN (st. Pats) Round Up! I would LOVE if you would post the featured button on this post to show off your feature and follow via GFC or E-mail if you don&#39;t already
  4. Jessica- These look delicious! I love pinwheel cookies they look so &#39;impressive&#39; without all the labor! :) We loved having you join us last week on Saturday Show &amp; Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! You are a Featured Favorite this week and we can&#39;t wait to see what you three have been up to this week! <br />Have a great weekend! <br />Mackenzie :)
  5. This is the fourth recipe I&#39;ve seen with Pistachio pudding. I&#39;m definitely missing something. Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at <a href="http://www.pintsizedbaker.com" rel="nofollow">Pint Sized Baker</a>. I&#39;ve pinned it!
  6. These look delicious and beautiful! I am going to have my kids make them with me for St. Patrick&#39;s Day! Thanks so much for linking up with &quot;Try a New Recipe Tuesday!&quot; I sure hope you will be able to join us again this week! :-)

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