Almond Caramel Swirls

almond caramel swirl recipeSo maybe this cookie recipe is almost a week late. Maybe I have not gotten my Christmas tree yet. Maybe my kids are really begging me to decorate the house. Maybe I have not designed my Christmas card. Or bought any presents. That is neither here nor there.

You know what I have done? Spent a long weekend with my best friend in the world and cuddled her sweet newborn baby boy. And had a wonderful time and enjoyed every second of it. Will you forgive me for being so irresponsible?

I made these cookies a few weeks ago, and I was not going to post them. They take awhile to make, not hands on time, but a lot of chill time. I thought that they were good, but not really amazing. I figured that I would just write it off as a cookie gone wrong just okay. I put the cookies on a plate and didn’t really think about them again. I was having people over for dinner that night and put the plate on the kitchen counter and out of nowhere, oohs and ahhs from the crowd. They all asked me for the recipe and requests for more cookies. Who would have thought?

These cookies do take some time in the fridge, but really, they are easy to make, and really beautiful when sliced and baked. I am glad that I didn’t just toss them because I think that they are worthy of Christmas cookie status.

almond caramel swirl recipe1 cup butter, room temperature
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup almond meal
2 1/4 cups flour
30 caramels, unwrapped
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

almond caramel swirl recipeCream together butter and 4-ounces of cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract.

almond caramel swirl recipeBeat in almond meal. Slowly add flour until flour is incorporated.

almond caramel swirl recipeDivide dough in half and wrap in parchment or plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.

almond caramel swirl recipeMake the filling by melting caramels in a saucepan over low heat.

almond caramel swirl recipeWhen caramel is melted and smooth, add remaining cream cheese and 3-ounce package of cream cheese.

almond caramel swirl recipeRoll the dough in between two layers of waxed paper. Spread half of the caramel over the dough to 1/2 inch of the edge.

almond caramel swirl recipeRoll the dough using the waxed paper to help you. Wrap the dough and chill for another 4 hours.

almond caramel swirl recipePreheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices and place 2 inches apart.

almond caramel swirl recipeBake for 10 to 12 minutes, cool on a wire rack. This recipe came from BHG.

Almond Caramel Swirls

Almond Caramel Swirls

Yield: makes 3 to 4 dozen

Almond Caramel Swirls - A cream cheese and almond dough rolled around caramel revealing a caramel swirl.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 30 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and 4-ounces of cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract.
  2. Beat in almond meal. Slowly add flour until flour is incorporated.
  3. Divide dough in half and wrap in parchment or plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  4. Make the filling by melting caramels in a saucepan over low heat.
  5. When caramel is melted and smooth, add remaining cream cheese and 3-ounce package of cream cheese.
  6. Roll the dough in between two layers of waxed paper. Spread half of the caramel over the dough to 1/2 inch of the edge.
  7. Roll the dough using the waxed paper to help you. Wrap the dough and chill for another 4 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices and place 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g



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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    This is just a thoughtful and wonderful gift to give!

    1. bakedbree

      these would be a great cookie gift. They are pretty sturdy.

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    What a unique cookie! Love this idea!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Katrina! They were fun to make too.

  3. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    That’s too funny. The caramel + cream cheese filling is so interesting! Even if they weren’t your favorite, these are definitely beautiful cookies!

    1. bakedbree

      the filling is great, I would never have thought of this on my own either.

  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    I love these flavors, Bree. Such a pretty cookie!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Cassie!

  5. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    So pretty! I love this combination! I am anxious to give these a try!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Jennifer!

  6. Denise

    I forgive you, as I am trailing on your skirt tails! Nothing holiday going on here … my to-do-list is as long as yours from the sounds of it. I may be completely irresponsible tomorrow and work on recipes instead. Have been wanting to make pretty little swirl cookies, but thought they would be time consuming, now I don’t care!! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Denise! Seems like it is going around.

  7. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    It’s ok. I haven’t gotten my tree yet either (but I plan to tonight 🙂 ) and I haven’t decorated the house (but I plan to once it gets a little warmer today, and I haven’t participated in 12 weeks of Christmas treats in about 4 weeks. So I’m basically in the same boat you are.

    These cookies look really nice. I’ve never even thought about melting down paramel and putting it into a pinwheel cookie.

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that I am not alone.

  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I don’t have my christmas tree either! I’m actually not putting one up this year – mainly because I hate the cleanup! But these cookies – YES PLEASE! That caramel swirl is just genius!

    1. bakedbree

      You and I could be fast friends!

  9. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    OH my goodness, I need these!

    1. bakedbree

      they are really good. And simply pretty.

  10. Jennifer

    Hi, these look beautiful. Do you know if they freeze well?

    1. bakedbree

      I have not frozen them, but I would imagine that they would. Most cookies do.

    1. bakedbree

      Adapted slightly from that recipe. It is credited at the bottom of the post.

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