Chocolate Babka Pinwheel Cookies

We twisted babka, the sweet braided bread, into swirl cookie form by making a filling of chocolate, honey, and cookie crumbs that gets rolled up in the sugar cookie dough.

Chocolate Babka Pinwheel Cookies
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Freeze Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 33 mins
36 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. In a large bowl beat 1 cup butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in 1 egg and the vanilla. Beat in flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. For filling, a small saucepan melt chocolate and butter over medium-low, stirring until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in cookie crumbs and honey.

  3. On a sheet of parchment paper, roll dough into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Spread chocolate mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of the long side that is farthest away from you. (If dough becomes soft at this point, slide parchment paper with dough onto a cookie sheet; freeze 10 minutes to firm dough.) Cut rectangle in half crosswise. Tightly roll up dough halves, starting from short sides; pinch to seal edges. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap; freeze about 1 hour or until firm enough to slice.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack.


Make a guide for rolling out the dough by drawing the size rectangle you need on a piece of parchment paper. Turn paper marked side down and roll out dough on the paper.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
7g Fat
12g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Folate, total 13.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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