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X Cookies 

"This is a tasty filled cookie in a cake-like pastry. The filling is mostly 
figs, with some nuts and raisins, chocolate and cinnamon. The cookies are 
filled, then cut and formed into X shapes before baking."
PREP TIME  45 Min  
COOK TIME  15 Min  
READY IN  1 Hr  
Original recipe yield: 5 dozen cookies 

        * 4 cups all-purpose flour 
        * 2/3 cup sugar 
        * 1 teaspoon baking powder 
        * 1 teaspoon salt 
        * 1 cup butter, cubed 
        * 1 egg 
        * 3/4 pound dried figs 
        * 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted 
        * 1/3 cup apricot preserves 
        * 1/4 cup golden raisins 
        * 1/4 cup chopped candied orange peel 
        * 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
        * 1/4 cup dark rum 
        * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
        * 1 egg, beaten 
        * 2 tablespoons milk 
        * 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
        1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and 
salt. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, or pinching between your fingers. 
Add egg, and mix until a dough forms. It may take a couple of minutes of 
mixing. When the dough starts to hold together, turn it out onto a floured 
surface and knead briefly. Shape dough into a long roll, wrap, and set aside. 
        2. Place the figs, almonds, apricot preserves, raisins, orange peel, 
chocolate, rum, and cinnamon into a food processor or blender. Process until 
finely chopped. If the fruit is hard, it may be soaked in boiling water to 
soften for 15 minutes before processing. 
        3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, 
mix together the remaining egg and milk to make an egg wash. 
        4. Divide dough into 12 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each 
piece out into a 3x12 inch rectangle. Brush the strips of dough lightly with 
egg wash. Place a strip of the fruit mixture lengthwise down the center of each 
piece of dough, and fold the edges over. Roll gently to seal. This will make 
the filled tube of dough a little bit longer. Cut each tube into 3 inch pieces. 
Make a one inch long slit with a knife down the center of each cut end. Spread 
the ends out to form an X shape. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto lightly 
greased cookie sheets. 
        5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges 
are golden. Allow cookies to cool on the tray for at least 5 minutes, so they 
will not be too delicate, before removing to wire racks to cool completely. 
Dust with confectioners' sugar when cool.
~~~***Rhonda G in Missouri***~ ~~


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