Cream Cheese Walnut Wafer Cookies

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Cream Cheese Walnut Wafer Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened ahead of time in a medium-large bowl
  • 1/2 cup softened low-fat cream cheese (half an 8-ounce package)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup walnuts
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (rounded measure)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

Preparation

1 Semi sweet chocolate, for dipping, optional. Extra chopped toasted walnuts for sprinkling, optional

2 Cream together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and brown sugar at high speed with a hand-held electric mixer. When it is light and fluffy, add the egg and vanilla, and beat for another few minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. Set aside.

3 Place the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor, and add 1 cup of the flour. Buzz a few times until the walnuts are ground

4 Add the ground walnuts, along with the remaining flour, the salt, and the cinnamon, to the butter-cream cheese mixture, and stir until thoroughly blended.

5 Arrange a 12 by 14-inch sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface; set the dough in the middle. Arrange a second sheet of parchment on top. Carefully flatten and roll the dough to an even 1/4 –inch; freeze until set.

6 Arrange a 12 by 14-inch sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface; set the dough in the middle. Arrange a second sheet of parchment on top. Carefully flatten and roll the dough to an even 1/4 –inch; freeze until set.p as you roll each half into a long about 6 inches longer and 2 inches in dia

7 When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375°F. Unwrap the dough, and place it on a cutting board. Using a cookie cutter cut into shape or using a sharp paring knife (dip it into hot water, if you like, for easier slicing) and slice into thin (1/8-inch, if you can, but in any case

8 if you like, for easier slicing) and slice into thin (1/8-inch, if you can, but in any case less than 1/4-inch) wafers. Place the cut cookies or wafers on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in the center of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Cool on a rack.

9 Dip the cookies in chocolate and sprinkle with extra walnuts if desired.

Source: California Walnut Board