1 pkg. 8 oz. (240 g) cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup apricot or peach preserves
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In food processor, beat
margarine or butter with cream cheese until
blended and smooth. Add in vanilla extract, salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2
cup sugar until blended. With spoon, stir in remaining flour and divide
dough into 4 equal pieces.
- Wrap each piece with plastic
wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least
- In medium size bowl mix
walnuts, dried apricots and brown sugar for
filling and set aside.
- Line 2 large cookie sheets
with foil and grease foil. Set aside.
- On lightly floured surface
with a rolling pin roll each package of the
dough into a 9 inch circle. Spread circle with 2 to 3 tablespoons
or peach preserves. Sprinkle with 1/4 apricot filling. Gently press
onto dough and cut dough into 12 equal wedges.
- Starting at curved edge, roll
up each wedge, jelly-roll fashion and
place on cookie sheet, point side down, about 1/2 inch apart.
- Preheat the oven to 325º
F (160º C).
- Repeat everything with
- With pastry brush, brush
cookies with milk. Mix 2 tablespoons
sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle cookies with cinnamon, sugar
- Bake at 325º F
(160º C) for about 30 to 35 min.
|Did You Know?
shows that of any food, apricots possess the highest levels and widest
variety of carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help prevent
heart disease, reduce "bad cholesterol" levels, and protect against
cancer. In traditional Chinese medicine, apricots are considered
helpful in regenerating body fluids, detoxifying, and quenching thirst.
Some claim that the kernels also have healthy properties, including
toning the respiratory system and alleviating a cough. However, the tip
of the apricot holds a concentrated amount of the chemical laetrile,
which can be upsetting to the system. The tips of the seeds should be
removed and consumption should be limited to no more than five a day.
American tank-driving soldiers, apricots are taboo, by
superstition. Tankers will not eat apricots, allow apricots onto their
vehicles, and often will not even say the word "apricot". This
superstition stems from Sherman tank breakdowns purportedly happening
in the presence of cans of apricots.