Many thanks for this recipe to the Frugal Gourmet. This is from his cookbook Our Immigrant Ancestors. I highly recommend this cookbook if you have a favorite family ethnic recipe but can't really understand the recipes you get from your relatives.
Put cream cheese and butter in a bowl with the egg, sugar, flour, salt and water. mix well. roll the dough into a log, 10 inches long. wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, place it on a floured countertop, turning it over to cat well so that it does not stick. roll the dough out very thin.
Using a pastry or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2x2 inch squares.
In a saucepan, place the butter, ground nuts, sugar, and milk and cook until thick, stirring to prevent sticking. add the vanilla. cool slightly before using on the dough.
Place 1/2 teaspoon filling on each square, using the back of a teaspoon to spread it. roll up the square diagonally, from one corner to the opposite corner, or from one side to the opposite side. form either into a crescent shape, or leave it straight and place the filled dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. bake for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350 oven until the cookies are light brown.
Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar immediately. let cool. more powdered sugar can be added later. You can freeze these: my one aunt makes all hers around October, and they're great at Christmas.
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