Is it a cookie? Is it a log? Is it a roll? I’m not sure, but what I do know is I love them. I’ll go with cookies. These “cookies” are very popular in Central NY. Practically every cookie tray has this delicious treat in it and since most of the cookies trays are Italian, I assumed this was an Italian cookie. We made these this past weekend and when I asked Gary what they were called, he said they were “chocolate filled cookies.” I asked my friend what she called them and she said they were “chocolate nut cookies.” I asked another friend and he said they were “chocolate slices.”
There is a common theme, and they aren’t Italian… but they remind me of pinwheels so Gary gave me his blessing to name them “chocolate walnut pinwheel cookies.” I think that’s the most accurate description I’ve been eating these cookies every Christmas for well over the past decade but had never made them. There were 2 surprise ingredients: 1 being condensed milk, but the most surprising was the cream cheese in the crust. And what a delicious, flaky crust it is!
Hot deliciousness right out of the oven!!!
So if you want to be really cool, hip, and popular, make these NOW! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a flaky, chocolatey, nutty cookie.
This recipe makes 2 cookie logs which will be sliced into about 20 cookies per log.
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- ½ lb. (2 sticks) margarine
- 3 cups flour
- 1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips
- 1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Knead dough/crust ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Divide the dough into 2 even sections. Roll dough/crust out on a flat surface sprinkled with powdered sugar (not flour) to ¼ inch thickness in a circle.
- Place filling ingredients in medium saucepan and cook on low heat until chocolate is melted.
- Spread chocolate filling evenly over the top of the dough circles.
- Roll up and put each log on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool 30 minutes and slice into even cookies.