Fig Swirls

Ingredients

1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
For filling
8 ounces packed soft dried Mission figs, hard tips discarded
3/4 cup mild honey
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons grated fresh orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation

1
Make pastry dough: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pulse butter, cream cheese, yolk, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth, then add flour mixture and pulse until dough just forms a ball.
2
Halve dough and form each half into a roughly 6- by 2-inch rectangle. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, about 1 1/2 hours.
3
Make filling: Purée figs, honey, juice, zest, and cinnamon in cleaned food processor until almost smooth.
4
Make logs: Roll out 1 piece of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper into a 10- by 8-inch rectangle (about 1/3 inch thick), long side facing you. Remove top sheet of wax paper and gently spread one fourth of fig mixture over bottom half of dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Using wax paper as an aid, roll dough, jelly-roll style, halfway, enclosing fig mixture. Flip dough, with wax paper. Remove paper. Spread with one third of remaining fig mixture and roll in same manner, to form an S-shaped log. Make another log. Chill logs, wrapped in wax paper, until firm, at least 4 hours.
5
Bake cookies: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
6
Cut logs crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices and arrange slices about 2 inches apart on lightly buttered baking sheets. Bake until pastry is pale golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool.

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Adapted from Gourmet, December 2005

Yield:

4.0 dozen cookies

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Monday, November 30, 2009 - 12:14pm

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