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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.
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  • sasha816
    Dec 25, 2015

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

  • momzilla24
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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....