I only make these cookies once a year. They’re fussy, messy, and delicious beyond belief. It’s worth the fuss for Christmas every year. As you can see over on the far right, mine aren’t always perfect circles.
1 cup butter – softened
3 oz cream cheese – softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange peel
1 tsp vanilla
3 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
Mix in order given. Chill. While chilling mix filling in a small sauce pan:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 oz cream cheese
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup orange juice
Heat until melted together, set aside to cool.
Roll dough into two 10”x12” rectangles. Spread with cooled filling. Roll up into tight jelly rolls. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill overnight. Slice ¼” thick and bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 8 – 10 minutes at 375. Slide parchment off sheets and onto racks to cool. Chocolate filling will firm once cooled. About 8 dozen.