Toasted Walnut Cookies with Fruit & Coconut Cream


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Toasted Walnut Cookies with Fruit & Coconut Cream
Toasted Walnut Cookies with Fruit & Coconut Cream
Ingredients
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts toasted
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg yolk
2-3 tbsp. ice water
1 (8- oz.) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese softened
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
40 (1/2 -inch) pieces fresh fruit (kiwi, mango and berries)
Finely grated lime zest
Directions

 Prep time: 30 minutes
Chill time: at least 1 hour
Cook time: 8 to 10 minutes

Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender or a fork until
butter is in small pieces. Stir in walnuts, sugar and cinnamon,
then egg yolk and enough water to form a dough. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (may be made several days ahead). Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll dough 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into desired shapes using 1½ to 2-inch cutters. Place on a large baking sheet and reroll dough to make about 40 cookies. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned; let cool. Stir together cream cheese, honey and extract in a small bowl. Spoon into a small plastic bag and make a small cut off one corner. Squeeze a small dollop of filling in the center of each cookie. Top with fruit and sprinkle with lime zest. Serve within 4 hours.


Makes about 40 small desserts.

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