Spice Windmills

This European style windmill recipe tastes and looks great. The mixture of cinnamon and cream cheese make these cookies the perfect snack.

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Makes:
32 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Bake:
8 mins to 10 mins 350°F
Chill:
4 hrs or freeze 1 hour
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Spice Windmills

Ingredients
1/3
cup butter
1/3
cup shortening
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon baking powder
3/4
teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
egg
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
3/4
cup salted dry roasted sunflower kernels
1
tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
 
Salted dry roasted sunflower kernels

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine butter and shortening. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 3/4 cup brown sugar, the baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and the 2 teaspoons vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the 2 cups flour as you can with the mixer. If necessary, use a wooden spoon to stir in remainder of the 2 cups flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 4 hours or freeze about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, the 1/4 cup brown sugar, the 1 teaspoon flour, and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in the 3/4 cup sunflower kernels.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, one portion at a time, into a 10-inch square. Using a pastry wheel, cut each dough square into sixteen 2-1/2-inch squares. Place dough squares 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Make 1-inch-long slits from each corner toward the center of each square.
  4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto the center of each dough square. Bring alternating corners of dough up over filling to the center to form a windmill; lightly press to seal.
  5. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle lightly over cookies. Press additional sunflower kernels in centers of cookies. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Makes 32 cookies.

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To Store:

Place cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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