Fig Cookies – Rugelach Style Recipe!

 

Fig cookies with walnuts

Fig cookies with walnuts

I am sharing this fig and walnut cookie  recipe with you because it really is very delicious.  My friend Samira loves this cookie very much and I wanted to surprise her.

She is a very giving person and I think this is one of her favorite cookies,  so, I am making it for her as a token of my love and appreciation for her friendship.  When you have someone special in your life, please take care of them because true friends are hard to come by.

The ingredients are:

2 cups of flour

1 stick of unsalted butter (room temp)

Fig Jam

Fig Jam

8 Oz of cream cheese (room temp)

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 tsp salt.

1/2 tsp pure vanilla

For the filling:

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1 zest of one orange and the juice of half an orange

1 jar of fig jam

1/2 tsp of anise to sprinkle on the filling

Directions

Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cookie dough

Cookie dough

 

To make the filling, in a food processor, add in the fig jam with the orange zest and a little orange juice.  Pulse a few times until you can easily spread the filling onto the dough.

On a floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle.

Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons the fig mixture and the spread some of the walnuts on top.

Fig  filled cookie dough

Dough with fig filling and walnuts

Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circle into 6 equal wedges–cutting the whole circle.

Cut up cookies

Cut up cookies

Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge, don’t worry if they are not the same size. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.

Cookies on sheet tray

Cookies ready for baking

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until golden brown.

If you love figs, you will love this recipe.

Enjoy!

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