Christmas Cookies – Day 15

Nut Strudel Cookies

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/2 pound ground walnuts or pecans
powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter in mixer until well combined. Add flour. Mix well. Shape into ball. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Cook sugar and milk in heavy saucepan until milk boils and sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Add nuts. Cool.

Roll dough on floured surface to form 18 X 12 rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Spread each with nut filling. Starting from long side, roll each strip jelly-roll style. Cut in half crosswise. Place seam side down on ungreased cookie sheets. Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices without separating.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Let cool slightly on sheets, remove. Cool on wire rack.

Dust with powdered sugar and separate slices. Cover and refrigerate or freeze. Makes about 60

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