Cranberry Walnut Swirls

Posted by: Schmitty 08-11-99 3:19 AM

Cranberry Walnut Swirls

1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely ground cranberries
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons milk

Prepare pastry: In large mixer bowl combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy; scraping bowl occasionally. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix just until combined. Wrap and refrigerate dough about 1 hour for easier handling.

Prepare filling: In small bowl, combine cranberries, walnuts and orange peel; set aside. Combine brown sugar and milk.

On lightly floured pastry cloth roll dough to a 10 inch square. Spread with sugared milk. Sprinkle with cranberry mixture, leaving about 1/2 inch edge at two opposite sides of dough. Roll up tightly, jelly roll fashion, beginning at one of unspread sides. Wrap in wax paper and freeze until firm, several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets.

Cut roll into 1/2 inch slices. Bake on top rack of oven 14 to 15 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes 3 dozen. 75 calories per cookie

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