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REC: Fig Slice Cookies

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Posted to Thread #17241 at 2:30 am on Dec 21, 2009

Fig Slice Cookies ( originally raspberry jam)

2.25 c AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt. (increase this to scant 1/2 tsp if using unsalted butter)
Sift these together

6 oz (1.5 cubes) softened butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg & vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients until blended in.

Raspberry jam (this year I used my fig jam)

Divide dough into 4 portions. On a lightly floured board (or right on a Silpat-lined cookie sheet) work each portion into a 12 inch long by 1 inch diameter log. Place on parchment or Silpat-lined cookie sheets ( I got all 4 rolls on one big sheet by lining them up parallel to the short side.) Separate rolls by 3 inches. Make a narrow finger-width trench down center with a roound wooden spoon handle. Spoon jam of your choice down center. (I use a baby spoon or espresso spoon.) Sprinkle with sliced almonds (optional but very nice.) Bake 375 deg F for 12 to 15 minutes. You want slightly golden, Not browned! This year I used my convection bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool a bit until firm enough to move to rack but still hottish. I scoot them gentley using both hands. Using a pastry brush glaze with 1/2 c powdered sugar mixed with about 2 Tbs OJ and a bit of zest. Brush cookie sides, not jam tops, with the glaze. Allow to cool to warm then cut each log at a slight diagonal into 10-12 pieces. I use a sharp bench knife and come straight down, wiping clean between each cut for neater cuts. You may eat the end stumps!
Makes 40-48 cookies.

Before slicing

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g166/Finer_Kitchens/Luisa_Calif/FigSlicecookies10.jpg


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