Prep 4 hrs
Cook 15 mins
These swirl cookies are a wonderful Christmas cookie one of my favorites. It really does the fig justice. Prep time may seem long, but it’s jst chill time in the refrigerator.
For pastry dough
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 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 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup packed soft dried mission figs, hard tips discarded (8 oz)
- 3⁄4 cup mild honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh orange zest
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 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.
- 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.
- Make filling: Purée figs, honey, juice, zest, and cinnamon in cleaned food processor until almost smooth.
- 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.
- Bake cookies: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
- 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.
- Unbaked logs can be chilled up to 3 days.
- Keep cookies layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.