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Pinwheel Cookies Recipe


Pinwheel Cookies              
Source: Jan Taylor

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Filling
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup orange juice

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add egg, orange peel and vanilla extract; mix well.

Combine flour and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 4 hours or until firm.

Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth; set aside to cool. On a floured surface, divide dough in half; roll each half into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread with filling. Carefully roll up into a tight jellyroll and wrap in wax paper; cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 8 dozen.

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