Friday, September 18, 2009

30 Days of Holiday Christmas Cookie Recipes! Chocolate Caramel Cream Cheese Cookies Day 15

Holiday Christmas Cookie Recipes!

Chocolate Caramel Cream Cheese Cookies

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4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
8 ounces pecan halves
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels
12 ounces chocolate chips
sprinkles or colored sugar, optional

Place softened cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Gradually add flour to form a dough. Chill dough in refrigerator. Roll out and cut with a 2-inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400° for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, place a pecan half onto each circle. Place an unwrapped caramel on top of each cookie. Return cookies to oven and watch closely, baking just until caramels are melted, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
Using a buttered knife, slightly flatten caramels and press a pecan half into the caramel on each cookie. Stir the melted chocolate chips and spread about 1 to 2 teaspoons over the top of each pecan half. Top each cookie with sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired.Makes about 20 to 24 2-inch cookies.

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