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Italian Fig Cookies

Italian Fig Cookies Recipe

Lots of fruit for a healthy cookie

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 fairly 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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