Egyptian Fig Roll Cookies

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READY IN:
4hrs 15mins
SERVES:
24
YIELD:
24 cookies
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Filling:
  2. Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring up to a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook for 30 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and figs begin to turn into a "paste".
  4. Transfer to a food processor and purée a thick consistency.
  5. Cool completely, then transfer to a plastic zip-top bag and set aside. (Note: you can make this up to 3 days in advance).
  6. Dough:
  7. Whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  8. Cream the butter, shortening, sugar, egg whites and extracts in a bowl.
  9. Add the dry ingredients, beating to combine into a dough.
  10. Wrap well in plastic and chill at least one hour.
  11. Assembly:
  12. Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet.
  13. Roll the dough into a thin layer (less than 1/4") on a floured surface or between sheets of waxed paper.
  14. Slice strips about 3 1/4" wide, and pipe the filling along the centre of each.
  15. Fold the sides over the filling, lightly pressing down to seal (add a brushing of water if necessary to stick).
  16. Slice into "two bite" sized pieces (about 1") and place on the lined sheet.
  17. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12 minutes. Keep unbaked cookies in the fridge between bakes (or freeze for later baking).

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