Caramel Swirl Cookies

These are really good...had them first at a Church function...and just had to track down the recipe.

Ready In: 6 hrs 12 mins

Yields: 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1  cup butter, softened
  • 1  large  egg yolk
  • 4  ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1  cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1  teaspoon  maple flavoring
  • 2 34 cups flour
  • FILLING

  • 30  caramels, unwrapped
  • 6  ounces cream cheese, softened
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Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar,.when well mixed.
  2. Add egg yolk and maple flavoring -- mix well.
  3. Gradually add flour, mix to combine.and refrigerate for 2 hours.to chill well.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt caramels, stir in cream cheese, until well blended.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Divide chilled dough in half.roll each portion between waxed paper to 1/4" thickness.
  7. Spread caramel mixture over dough to within 1/2" of edges.
  8. Roll up tightly, jelly roll style, starting at long side.
  9. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap, refrigerate 4 hours.
  10. Unwrap and cut into 1/4" thick slices.
  11. Place 1" apart on greased sheets.
  12. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove to racks to cool.
  14. To prepare CARAMEL FILLING:
  15. Unwrap caramels and place in a small sauce pan over low heat -- cook till melted, stirring occasionally -- add softened cream cheese, and stir to combine.
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