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Walnut-Filled Pillows

 Walnut-Filled Pillows
These tender cookie pillows, filled with a delicious walnut mixture, are my husband's favorite. He says it wouldn't be Christmas without them.
28 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cold cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract or almond extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cut butter and cream cheese into flour until mixture
  • resembles coarse crumbs. Blend mixture together until smooth dough
  • forms, about 3 minutes. Pat into a rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. For filling, combine the
  • walnuts, sugar, milk and vanilla.
  • Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a
  • 17-1/2-in. x 10-in. rectangle; cut into 2-1/2-in. squares. Place a
  • level teaspoonful of filling in the center of each square. Moisten
  • edges with water; fold in half and seal with a fork. Place 1 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with egg.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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Walnut-Filled Pillows (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 28 cookies.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 84 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.