Italian Fig Crescents
Makes 4 1/2 dozen
Bake: at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup dried figs, chopped
3/4 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts (pignoli)
1/4 cup dark seedless raisins
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
Multicolor nonpareil decors
1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large
bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in flour mixture
and milk. Divide dough into fourths; flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic.
Refrigerate 30 minutes.
2. Filling: Pulse figs, dates, nuts, raisins, rind, cinnamon and juice in food
processor until chopped.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
4. On lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll one dough piece
into 9 x 6-inch rectangle. Cut into nine 3 x 2-inch pieces. Place heaping
teaspoon filling lengthwise down center of each piece. Fold long sides to meet
in center; pinch to seal. Place, seam-side down, on prepared sheets. Shape into
crescents. Cut 3 slits into top of each cookie with scissors or knife. Brush
lightly with beaten egg. Sprinkle with multicolor decors. Repeat with remaining
dough and filling.
5. Bake in 350 degree oven 25 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.
Remove to wire racks to cool. Store at room temperature or freeze.