1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup butter or margarine, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup pecans, finely chopped and toasted
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot jam
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
How to Make It
Pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Combine mixture by hand, forming a dough.
Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball; cover and chill 1 hour.
Place 1 portion between 2 sheets of lightly floured wax paper; roll to a 15- x 10-inch rectangle. Repeat with remaining portions.
Combine pecans and next 3 ingredients. Spread each rectangle evenly with jam, leaving a 1-inch border; sprinkle evenly with pecan mixture. Roll up, jellyroll fashion, and place, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet, tucking ends under to keep jam from seeping out. Brush with melted butter.
Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Remove to a wire rack, and cool 15 minutes. Cut each roll with a serrated knife into 1-inch slices; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
I really don't know why this got so many stars, the dough was a mess to roll out and why should you have to practice like hjr2 said? There are two(2) sticks of butter, no water no knit this together and the dough was dry on the ends. Maybe the other two bakers had more patience than I did...
I try to make this every year at Christmas because I have friends that ask for it over and over again. It is one of the best tasting treats I've ever made! I wasn't that good at rolling it out at first, but I got better with practice. It's well worth the effort!
Yummy sweet treat for the holidays! I used dried sweetened cranberries instead of the raisins. They were a nice substitution! Got rave reviews from the family! Would be fun to try other jams for a flavor variety too!
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