2 14-ounce packages dried figs (cut off stems and chopped)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup pignoli
1 cup dark chocolate morsels
1 cup raisins
1 tbsp. orange peel
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 whole eggs, well beaten (at room temperature)
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons almond extract or vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Use a food processor to chop figs into a soft paste. Add walnuts and almonds and chop into small tiny pieces. Put in a large bowl and add in all other filling ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate. You can make the filling a day ahead of time.
2. To make dough, combine butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cream with an electric mixer. Cream until smooth.
3. In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, and almond extract; mix well. Fold egg mixture into creamed butter mixture and beat for about 5 minutes.
4. In another bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture until dough is soft. Roll dough into a large ball.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Break off a large piece of dough about the size of a baseball. On a floured surface, roll out dough Spoon filling in the center of the flattened roll, then pull the edges of the dough together over the filling and pinch to seal. Put light slits on top of rolled dough. (see photo)
6. Cut roll diagonally into cookies, about 1-1/2 inches long. Place cookies seam-side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Check to make sure cookies are cooked through. You want the dough flaky and golden and not burnt.
Let cool before serving.