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Caramel Swirls

In my opinion, cookies are the best dessert to make...and to eat! With a crisp outside and chewy caramel filling, these are likely one of my very favorites. —Jan Smith, Star, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    6-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 30 caramels
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and flavoring. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture. Refrigerate 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels; stir until smooth. Stir in cream cheese until blended; set aside. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread caramel mixture over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 76 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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