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This recipe is based on one I found from The Barefoot Contessa and they are so good, my (Jewish) friend’s mother that I bought them from her favorite deli. The recipes takes a little bit of time but it’s so worth making them from scratch. Your friends and family will thank you. For different flavor combinations, try it with raspberry preserves, apricot preserves and walnuts or chocolate.

2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1-2 tablespoons for dusting
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fig preserves
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk

1. Using an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Slowly add flour and mix until just combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
3. In a dry sauté pan, toast pecans over medium heat until fragrant and lightly golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 9-inch circle. Cover dough with fig preserves, followed by pecans. Gently press filling into dough.
5. Cut circle into quarters; then each quarter into thirds, making 12 equal wedges. Roll up each wedge, starting with widest edge first. Place on baking sheet, seam-side down and chill for at least 30 minutes.
6. In a small bowl, combine egg and milk. Brush each cookie with egg wash and lightly dust with additional sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Makes 1 dozen.


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