Saturday, January 01, 2005

Fig and Date Filled Cookies

Goes great with espresso or just plain ol' coffee.

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk

1 package dates
1 package figs
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 orange peel grated
1/2 cup mini chocolate bits
2/3 cup honey
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Put the dates, raisins and figs through a food chopper, then combine remaining ingredients.

For Dough, cream butter; add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat until light. Add sifted flour, baking powder, salt, and milk and mix well. Chill several hours or overnight.

Roll dough thin on a floured cutting board or counter, and cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. (Good place to use a hand crank pasta maker.) Put 1 tsp of the filling in the center of the square, and roll up -tucking the ends on the bottom. Seal edges tight. Brush with beaten egg white and a little water. Bake in 350F oven until slightly browned - about 12-15 minutes.

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