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Pecan Swirls

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
    7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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; refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 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; refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 91 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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