|2½ cup||All-purpose flour|
|⅓ cup||Granulated sugar|
|¾ teaspoon||Baking powder|
|½ cup||(8 tbsps.) chilled vegetable shortening|
|2 cups||(about 12 oz.) Calimyrna figs; stems removed|
|⅓ cup||Slivered almonds|
|¼ cup||Granulated sugar|
|¼ teaspoon||Ground cinnamon|
|1 teaspoon||Grated lemon zest|
|1 pinch||Freshly ground black pepper|
|¼ cup||Orange juice|
|1½ cup||Confectioners' sugar|
|2 tablespoons||Milk; (up to 3)|
|¼ teaspoon||Vanilla extract|
In food processor or by hand, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Distribute shortening over flour and pulse or cut in until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Whisk eggs with milk, then pour through feed tube with motor running or stir in by hand. Mix just until dough begins to clump together. Place dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap, flatten to about a 6-inch square, then wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days, or freeze up to 2 weeks.
To make filling: Place figs, raisins, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, zest, and pepper in work bowl of food processor. Process until fruits and nuts are very finely chopped. With motor running, add orange juice through feed tube and process only until blended. Filling will be moist and sticky. (Can be used immediately or refrigerated up to 2 days. Return to room temperature before using.) Preheat oven to 350oF. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
Divide dough in 4 parts and work with one at a time, keeping remainder refrigerated. Divide filling into 4 parts.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 4-x 14-inch rectangle. (Don't worry if edges are ragged.) Use your hands to distribute ¼ of filling in a 1-inch strip down center of dough. Use a spatula to help roll long sides of dough over center to enclose filling. Moisten fingers to press down seam. Use a sharp knife to cut filled dough roll into 1-inch diagonal slices. Place slices inverted so side seam is down, about 1-inch apart on baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until bottoms are pale golden, and dough is very lightly colored.
Dough should not brown. Cool on racks.
To make icing: Whisk confections' sugar with 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla to make a thick drizzling consistency. If necessary, add milk by ½ teaspoonful. Drizzle tops of cookies liberally with icing, then quickly cover with colored sprinkles before icing sets. Let icing set at least 1 hour. Store tightly covered up to 5 days.(Cookies can be frozen up to 2 weeks.) Makes about 4 dozen.
Recipe by: MAILING LIST 1995
Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 442 by ctlindab@... on Jan 3, 1998
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