Pecan Swirls Recipe
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Pecan Swirls Recipe

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I can't recommends these attractive nutty spirals highly enough. Cream cheese makes the cookies rich and tender and the sweet filling showcases chopped pecans. —Wanda Rascoe, Shreveport, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 164 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into three portions. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 16x9-in. rectangle. Combine pecans and sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each rectangle tightly, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Unwrap and cut into 3/8-in. slices. Place 2-in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 7 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Swirls in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p8

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sasha816 User ID: 7833849 240196
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Not worth the effort. Difficult to roll and slice neatly."

momzilla24 User ID: 2029435 240004
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"These were labor intensive and the dough was difficult to roll. If you try this recipe I suggest rolling the dough between sheets of wax paper because it gets sticky very quickly once you take it out of the fridge. Much of the nut/sugar filling was falling out as I was slicing - probably because it was so difficult to make a tight roll with this dough. After all that effort the cookies were bland. Won't make these again."

noraroberts User ID: 3288478 58486
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Time consuming but worth the effort. Absolutely delicious. I find it easier to make over the course of 3 days. Instead of just refrigerating for 2 hour periods, I refrigerate overnight."

Stacey3978 User ID: 3389886 67327
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I struggled trying to roll and slice these. Mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the photo...but the taste was great! I'll be making them again!"

karbauer User ID: 363727 131121
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"These have to be my very favorite cookie. I always have a hard time rolling them, but they're well worth the effort."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 156872
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"Definitely a bit more work, but these are fabulous. They look fancy, and they taste like mini versions of the large, flat pecan pastries from a bakery. Worth the effort!"

Herkyhawk User ID: 991122 131280
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I made these last year and my husband loved them, so I will make them again this year for Christmas and gifts."

djt704 User ID: 3708561 153439
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"These have become our family's favorite cookie. I add an icing made with maple extract, powered sugar and water. Put them into the microwave for a few seconds and they taste like a Cinabon...."

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