Black-Eyed Susan

3/4 c. butter (room temperature)
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
11 drops yellow food coloring (approximately)
1 egg
3 oz. softened cream cheese
2 cups flour
3 dozen chocolate chips (approximately)

Mix first six ingredients in large bowl at low to medium speed or mix by hand with spoon. Gradually stir in the flour. Cover and refrigerate until dough is chilled and firm. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place approximately 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. To form flower petals, cut with sharp knife the top of each ball three times about 3/4 through to make 6 wedges. Slightly move wedges apart to form petals (note that cookies will flatten during baking). Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are set and edges appear golden brown. Immediately place 1 chocolate chip in center of cookie. Move cookies to wire rack.

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