There’s no doubt about it – these are some mighty pretty Christmas cookies! Although holiday baking is largely about the flavour of the delicious treats you make, how they look is also important. It isn’t necessarily hard to make such nice-looking cookies, and these chocolate roll cookies are easy even for beginner home bakers. Add these cookies to your Christmas baking list this season.
The chocolate roll cookies have a tasty, flaky crust and a spicy, nutty filling which everyone will go wild for. The crust is made with cream cheese, to keep it light and soft, while the chocolate filling has chocolate chips, condensed milk and chopped walnuts. In addition, we are using vanilla and cinnamon in these Christmas cookies to give them the perfect flavour.
Pretty much every cookie tray at the bakery has some variation of a chocolate-based log or cookies in it. Whether you know them as cookies, logs or rolls, there are different kinds to choose from. This recipe is similar to some Italian cookie recipes, although not Italian exactly. They are great for Christmas baking but you can find them in bakeries throughout the year too.
Chocolate and Nuts: The Perfect Combo
Holiday baking is all about special, festive tastes, and combining chocolate with nuts results in such a perfect cookie. The taste is well-rounded and you can serve this with any drink you want, or even for dessert. Chocolate and nuts are both indulgent ingredients which go together so nicely. There are other chocolate nut cakes and cookies to choose from, if you want to do some Christmas baking. These are one of the best ones though!
You will need to plan this recipe ahead because the dough needs to go in the refrigerator overnight. If you skip this step, the dough won’t hold together when you try to roll it out. So plan to spend one day drooling over the thought of these chocolate roll cookies before you actually get to taste one! Yep – chilling the dough for at least 8 hours is an important part of this recipe. Don’t skip it!
The reason for the long chilling time is that we are using cream cheese to make the dough. This is along with margarine (butter if you’d rather) and flour. This makes very soft dough which does need to be very cold before rolling it up. The cream cheese is a great ingredient though because it results in such a light, flaky crust!
Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out. Maybe even use two layers. Once the dough is sufficiently cold, you can roll it out and then prepare the filling. The filling is spread over the rolled out dough, then it is time to roll it up. This is how you make the log.
These parchment paper sheets are perfect for baking Christmas cookies! No sticking and (hopefully) no burning, plus easy clean up.
How to Shape and Cut Chocolate Roll Cookies
As you can see, we like to press the finished log down before slicing, so the cookies are long and thin. You could also make them round, like a Swiss roll, but this way looks more elegant. Make sure you give them enough time to cool before slicing, to keep the cuts clean and ensure the chocolate roll cookies look their absolute best!
As with many holiday baking recipes, this one can be customized. Choose from bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even white chocolate chips would offer a change of pace, or you could use more than one type. The walnuts can be switched for chopped mixed nuts or another type. Pistachios or even cashews would work in these chocolate roll cookies.
As for the vanilla extract, that really does give these Christmas cookies a nice flavour, but almond extract would work too. The cinnamon is festive – try a pinch of nutmeg instead if you want though or even some allspice if that’s your thing.
There is always something impressive about homemade rolled cookies. They just look like they are tricky to make – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. And there’s no need to reveal these are actually pretty simple to prepare!
Chocolate Roll Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Roll Cookies
- Add the dough ingredients into the bowl of a mixer. Knead together until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, place on plastic wrap and then refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets and set aside.
- Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Sprinkle powdered sugar out on a flat surface. Roll out the dough to a ¼" thick rectangle or some people prefer a circle.
- Place the filling ingredients into a saucepan and cook on low heat until chocolate is melted.
- Spread the chocolate filling down the centre of each rectangle/circle. Fold to the centre and roll. Press to seal all edges. Turn log over so the seam sides are down.
- Put each log on the prepared baking sheet using two spatulas.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Cool the cookie log for 30 minutes, transfer to a cutting board and then slice into cookies. NOTE: the number of cookies will vary on how thick you cut them.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
These chocolate roll cookies, or chocolate pinwheel cookies, are great whenever you make them. Christmas is always a great time to try new recipes though, and this one deserves to make it on to your holiday baking shortlist! They will impress guests at holiday parties and please the family when it’s time for an after dinner treat.
If you’re expecting a lot of guests though, you might want to double or triple this chocolate roll cookies recipe. Christmas baking is all about not running out of the best snacks! These Christmas cookies keep for a couple of days in a sealed container.
Let me know if you add these chocolate roll cookies to your holiday baking list this year. But watch out, they are VERY addictive!