This recipe comes direct from the Food Network Kitchens, and was presented as an Around-the-World cookie theme for 2007 Christmas --HOWEVER--Mazurki are actually an Easter tradition in Poland, the culmination of a days-long food fest. If you're not a stickler for tradition, they make a lovely, bejeweled presentation on a cookie platter: a shortbread base hosting a gleaming assortment of dried fruits. Although it's not part of the recipe, I always soak my raisins, craisins and other chewy dried fruits in warm water and brandy for about 15 minutes for a better effect in baking. Busy baker's tips: When double-wrapped, the cookie base keeps at room temperature for 3 days or frozen for 1 month. The fruit compote can be made up to 1 week ahead and refrigerated. Store completed cookies in an airtight container, layers separated with parchment paper, for up to 5 days. Enjoy! This is a favorite holiday recipe in my home.