Choco-Cherry Swirl Cookies

These roll-up chocolate cookies filled with cream cheese and cherries are perfect for an anytime dessert.

  • prep time 1 hr 25 min
  • total time 5 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 72

Ingredients

Filling

1/3
cup sugar
4
oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1/2
cup flaked coconut
2/3
cup drained chopped maraschino cherries

Cookies

1
cup sugar
1/2
cup margarine or butter, softened
1
tablespoon maraschino cherry liquid
1
egg
1 1/3
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
1/4
cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
  • 1 In medium bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar, cream cheese and almond extract; mix well. Stir in coconut. Set aside.
  • 2 In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, margarine, cherry liquid and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour and all remaining cookie ingredients; mix well.
  • 3 Shape dough into rope about 18 inches long; place lengthwise on 24-inch long sheet of waxed paper. Top with another sheet of waxed paper. Roll out dough to 20x10-inch rectangle. Peel off top sheet of paper.
  • 4 Spread dough with cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with cherries. Starting with 20-inch side and using paper to lift dough, roll up dough tightly, jelly-roll fashion. Press edges to seal. Cut roll in half to form two 10-inch long rolls. Wrap each roll in waxed paper or plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firm.
  • 5 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 2 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheets.
  • 6 Bake at 375°F. for 7 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled. Store in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    50
    (
    Calories from Fat
    20),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    2g
    2%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    5mg
    5%;
    Sodium
    40mg
    40%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    7g
    7%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    4g
    4%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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