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MichaelMichael Clausen

Great Christmas Pastry

servings:Makes 4 dozen cookies


  • Filling
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Dough
  • 1/2 pound cream cheese, room temp
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-12 ounce jar apricot jam


  • 1

    For filling: combine pecans, currants, sugar and cinnamon in mixing bowl.

  • 2

    For dough: Combine cream cheese, flour, butter and sugar in large bowl and blend well.

  • 3

    Divide dough into four pieces. Dust each with flour, shaking off excess. Roll each piece

  • 4

    between sheets of waxed paper into 10-inch circle. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  • 5

    Preheat oven to 375. Use parchment paper on your baking sheet. Spread each circle of dough

  • 6

    with apricot jam. Divide filling among circles, spreading evenly. Cut each into 12 wedges.

  • 7

    Roll up each wedge from bottom edge to point. Arrange on prepared sheet, point side down.

  • 8

    Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool. Store cookies in

  • 9

    airtight container or freeze. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.



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