I'm typically not a huge fan of fruit-flavored desserts, but these chocolate orange pinwheel cookies are a major exception because they're out of this world. Besides being adorable and so fancy-looking, the flavor combination is amazing.
The recipe is from Virtually Homemade, and it's so much easier than it looks. It mixes a rich, chocolate dough with a creamy vanilla one and just a hint of citrus. They're the perfect cookie with coffee, for after-school snacks, or even boxed as a sweet end-of-the-year gift for teachers.
Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies
2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in egg, orange zest, and vanilla until mixture is smooth. Set aside 3/4 cup of batter.
Add 1 cup of flour to the remaining batter, beating until smooth.
Roll out the dough between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper to form a 12"x8" rectangle. Transfer the wrapped dough to a baking sheet and remove the top sheet of paper (if the paper sticks, refrigerate dough for a few minutes).
Beat the remaining 3/4 cup flour and the cocoa to the reserved batter. Once again roll out the dough by the same process.
Remove the top sheet and invert the dough onto the first rectangle. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove top sheet of paper, and starting on the long side, using the paper, roll the dough up tightly like a jelly roll. Refrigerate the dough wrapped in the bottom piece of paper for 1 hour.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
Remove the paper and cut the roll into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange them on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on racks.
Image via Virtually Homemade