Family and friends know I have a fondness for Christmas cookies. Each year after Thanksgiving, they begin asking when the cookies will be ready!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup finely chopped raisins
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dates
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries or cranberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- In a saucepan, combine the first eight filling ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until the fruit is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans. Cool to room temperature.
- Roll out each portion of dough between two pieces of waxed paper into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Cut each into two 10-in. x 4-in. rectangles. Spread 1/2 cup filling down the center of each rectangle. Starting at a long side, fold dough over filling; fold other side over top. Pinch to seal seams and edges. Place seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut each rectangle diagonally into 1-in. strips. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cookies. Yield: About 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Fig-Filled Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p81
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