Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls

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These Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls have been a favorite in our family for over 40 years!

Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls

My Mom made these cookies all the time when we were growing up.  Most often, she made them during the holidays and included them in our Christmas cookie collection!  We looked forward to them every year, and I love them. They’re chocolate swirled cookie with a buttery shortbread crust.

How to make Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls:

There’s a simple chocolate filling you’ll make.  It’s a combo of chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and shortening.  Once those are all melted together, you’ll set the chocolate filling mixture aside while you make the cookie dough. After you make the cookie dough, the dough is divided into thirds.  Each third is rolled out onto a floured surface.  I have always found it helpful to roll the dough onto a floured dishtowel– those very thin white towels work best.  The chocolate filling is divided into thirds and spread on top of the rolled out dough.  This is where the towel comes in handy.  You can use the towel to help you roll the dough into a log. It doesn’t have to be “round,” as you can tell by the photos.  It will be more of a flat log.  The dough can be delicate and crumbly, but don’t fret… the towel will help you roll the log and everything will be okay!

Once the logs are rolled, use a large, flat metal spatula to help you transfer the logs to a baking sheet.  You’ll bake the logs whole.  You won’t cut them into cookies until AFTER baking. After baking, give them a little sprinkle of powdered sugar and let them cool.  

I’m not gonna lie… they can be a little tricky.  But follow the instructions and you will get the hang of it and enjoy these cookies as much as I do! 

Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls

Can these cookies be made ahead?  

Yes!  The great thing about this cookie recipe is that they can be made ahead.  Go ahead and bake the logs, and then you can wrap each log in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer.  When you’re ready to serve your cookies, just take out a log and let it defrost.  Then you can cut slices for serving.

Here are a few more holiday cookie recipes you might enjoy:

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Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls

My ALL TIME FAVORITE cookie recipe to make for the holidays!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 72 cookies (6 dozen)
Calories 61kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bake and slice chocolate swirls, chocolate swirls



  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, (measure, then sift)
  • milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)
  • powdered sugar, to dust on top


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.


  • In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and shortening. Stir until combined, and set aside to cool slightly. (NOTE: if you do not have a double boiler, simply set a glass or metal bowl on top of a pot of simmering water, and melt/combine the ingredients this way).


  • In large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Blend in flour and mix well. Add a few drops of milk to help the batter hold together. It should come together as a blob of dough (not sticky though).
  • Divide the dough into thirds. Roll out each on a floured surface to a 10x6-inch rectangle. Spread each with chocolate filling; sprinkle with nuts if desired. Roll up, starting with the 10-inch side. Carefully transfer the roll to an ungreased cookie sheet. The best way to do this is to use a wide metal spatula to help you. It's a little tricky, but if you are careful, they won't fall apart!
  • Bake the cookie logs 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool and wrap in saran wrap.
  • To serve, cut into slices about 1/4-inch thick. These can be frozen in the whole rolls, then defrosted and sliced later.


  • *When finished mixing the dough, if it appears too dry- try placing it inside a large zip baggie and kneading it together to get it nice and held together and ready to roll out.
  • *For a floured surface, try using a flour sack dish towel. This will make it easier to roll as you can lift up the towel and easily help guide the rolling.
  • *For the Christmas holidays, I always mix some red/green sprinkles with the powdered sugar.
  • NOTE: nuts are not included in the nutritional information since they are optional.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Breanna Walsh wrote:

    Do these need to be kept refrigerated?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      After baking? No.

  • Carmela Johanson wrote:

    Has anyone tried using Nutella instead of chocolate?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t!

  • Emily wrote:

    These look great! I’m confused though about splitting the dough into thirds. Should I have three separate logs to bake?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      yes, three logs!

  • Carol Yonov wrote:

    Mine are in the oven now!  Usually I read comments before trying a new recipe, but these looked so yummy I didn’t bother reading the comments. Someone asked about an alternative to shortening – what about coconut oil?    Also, someone mentioned the chocolate doing something funny.  I melted the chocolate mixture first, then made the dough while the mixture was cooling.  By the time I needed it, it had stiffened a bit but it softened and smoothed out after stirring a minute.  The first dough I rolled out did crack as I was making the roll, so the next two I simply put a few drops of additional milk on my fingers and mushed it up a bit.  Also, I switched to rolling between sheets of waxed paper and flipped it over (lifting the waxed paper from it each time to keep it from sticking tight). Just brought them from the oven!  Looking forward to trying them!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sounds like you did all of the right things! I’ve never tried coconut oil for these- not yet, anyways! I hope you enjoy them!