Monday, March 7, 2011

Make it Monday

Today I made Cream Cheese Spirals. The name alone makes me happy. Yum! Here is the recipe to this delicious dessert...

1 cup butter, at room temp
8 oz cream cheese
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1 egg white beaten with 1 Tbs water, for glazing
granulated sugar, for sprinkling

For the filling
1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1-With an electric mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until soft. Soft over the flour and mix to form a dough. Gather into a ball and divide in half. Flatten each half, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2-Meanwhile, make the filling. Mix together the chopped walnuts or pecans, the brown sugar, and the cinnamon. Set aside.

3-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

4-Working with 1 half of the dough at a time, roll out thinly into a circle about 11 inches in diameter. Trim the edges with a knife, using a dinner plate as a guide.

5-Brush the surfase with the egg white glaze and sprinkle the dough evenly with half the fillin.

6-Cut the dough into quarters, and each quarter into 4 sections, to form 16 triangles.
7-Starting from the base of the triangles, roll up to form spirals.

8-Place on the sheets and brush with the remaining glaze. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until golden, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a rack.

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