cinnamon chip gems
- 1 cup(2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 2 pkgs(3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup ground toasted almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk(not evaporated milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups cinnamon chips, divided
beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl until well blended, stir in flour, sugar and almonds. cover, refrigerate about 1 hour.
divide dough into 4 equal parts. shape each part into 12 smooth balls. place each ball in small muffin cup(1 3/4 inches in diameter)'press evenly on bottom and up sides of each cup.
heat oven to 375. beat eggs in small bowl. add condensed milk and vanilla, mix well. place 7 cinnamon chips in bottom of each muffin cup; fill a generous three-fourths full with condensed milk mixture.
bake 18-20 minutes or until tops are puffed and just beginning to turn golden brown. cool 3 minutes. sprinkle about 15 chips on top of the filling. cool completely in pan on wire rack. remove from pan using small metal spatula or sharp knife. cool completely. store tightly at room temperature.
makes about 4 dozen.