Pinwheel Cookies

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Preparation time: 25 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 48 servings


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

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


•In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, orange peel and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually 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-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread with filling. Carefully roll up into a tight jelly roll and wrap in waxed paper. Chill overnight.
• Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 8 dozen.


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