Chocolate and orange is one of the best flavor combinations. Chocolate candies infused with orange flavor have been around since the 1930s and remain to be a favorite treat among kids and adults alike. These Chocolate-Orange Pinwheel Cookies do not only have that distinctive flavor combination, they also look amazing! Here is an easy dessert recipe for Chocolate-Orange Pinwheel Cookies.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar, egg and vanilla, beating well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed.
Divide dough into two equal portions. Add orange rind and orange extract to dough in bowl, mix well. In another bowl, add melted chocolate into the remaining plain dough to. Mix well. Cover both portions of dough with kitchen wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll each portion of dough to a 15" x 8" rectangle on floured wax paper. Place orange dough on top of chocolate dough; peel off top wax paper. Tightly roll dough, like you would a jellyroll, starting at short side and peeling wax paper from dough while rolling. Cover and chill for another hour.
Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4" slices and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.