This week's Baking Beauties challenge was a twist on a Sicilian favourite, and is aptly named X-Cookies.
I can't say that I've ever been a fan of fig newton's. But this cookie, filled with a mixture of figs, almonds, chocolate and rum is nothing but a distant relative of that processed fruit filled cookie.
The dough for the X-Cookie was incredibly forgiving - it is not possible to overwork! As well, the filling was a breeze to make; having just under the required amount of figs for the recipe, I substituted with extra raisins and almonds.
However, when the time came to assemble the cookies, I was faced with not only a sea, but rather an ocean of cookies. I guess I never really absorbed the part of the recipe where it states that it makes FIVE dozen. There were enough cookies for all of High Park!
Luckily, I had a few occasions coming up where I could bring these little tasty treats, so they wouldn't be in the kitchen, tempting me. I must say, they were a hit with my fellow Junction moms as well as my parents.
I am very happy that this recipe came up early in the challenge. It is definitely a cookie I would make again, and it was definitely something I wouldn't have chosen on my own. Next week the Baking Beauties move on to something savoury - Tomato & Cheese Galette. Yum!