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Dutch Pinwheel Wafers

Dutch Pinwheel WafersNot too sweet, these wafers make perfect tea biscuits. They have subtle flavors of Dutch cocoa, orange and cardamon. Your guests will love them!

Makes about 30 wafers.


  • 8 Tbsp butter (divided use)
  • 2 Tbsp milk (divided use)
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch cardamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp orange extract


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the milk. Set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer, cream sugar with remaining 8 tablespoons (one stick) of butter.
  3. Add egg and continue beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Add remaining tablespoon of milk; incorporate.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder, cardamon and salt together. Using a dough hook, gradually
  6. Beat the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture on low.
  7. Turn mixer speed to medium low and mix until dough climbs hook. (If necessary, add more milk or flour to gain the correct consistency.)
  8. Remove half of the dough and place on a sheet of wax paper. Roll out into a rectangular shape of about 10 x 8 inches.
  9. To the remaining dough, add the melted butter/milk mixture, cocoa powder and orange extract. Beat until smooth.
  10. Place this dough on another sheet of wax paper and roll to the same rectangular shape.
  11. Put the chocolate dough on top of the plain dough and roll them together gently. Place dough in refrigerator and chill for 15 min.
  12. Roll dough tightly along the 10-inch side making a 10-inch long log of dough. Wrap in the waxed paper, and freeze this dough at least 1 hour.
  13. Remove dough log from freezer 15 minutes before you plan to bake it, preheating the oven to 325 degrees F.
  14. Cut dough log into 1/3-inch thick slices and place them on (2) parchment-lined baking sheets at least 1-inch apart.
  15. Bake 7 minutes before switching top and bottom baking sheets. Bake another 6-7 minutes, or until lightly golden on bottom and firm on top. Remove to cooling rack.

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