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Italian Fig Cookies

Italian Fig Cookies Recipe

Very delicious

Ingredients

2 cups shortening

3 cups white sugar

6 eggs

8 cups all-purpose flour

7 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

pinch salt

milk

3 - 5 pounds of figs

1 pound raisins

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar

1 whole orange (with peel)

1 small apple

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Method

To make dough, cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Blend
in flour
and baking powder by hand. Knead dough until smooth and workable. Add milk to
reach
workable consistency.

To make filling, cut up figs, orange, and apple into small pieces, then pass
through a food
mill or grinder. The spices and chopped nuts are added to the ground fig mixture.

After
the fig mixture is ground, sprinkle them in over the mixture and mix it in by
hand.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Roll out some dough faily thin.
Put fig
mixture in a line. Wrap dough over mixture, sealing figs inside dough. Trim
to desired
length, using a diagonal cut. Make small diagonal slits in the sides of the
cookies.
Bake on
ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.
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