Filled cookies with figs, raisins, orange zest, walnuts, honey, cinnamon and chocolate -- something for everyone.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1 pound dried figs
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/2 pound chopped walnuts
- 1 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup orange marmalade
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Grind the figs, raisins, orange zest and walnuts in a food processor, blender or food grinder. If the mixture is too thick, a couple of tablespoons of water can be added. Gradually blend in the honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips and orange marmalade. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the eggs, milk and vanilla until the mixture can be gathered into a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the dough into strips that are 4 inches wide. Spread filling onto one half of each strip lengthwise. Fold the dough over to cover and seal the edges by pressing on them with the tines of a fork. Slice the filled strips crosswise at an angle about every inch or so. This will make diamond shapes. Place the cookies onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. Glaze with your favorite confectioners' glaze and top with sprinkles for added festivity.