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       Title: Fig Star Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 72 servings
  
       1 c  Shortening
            (part butter or margarine
     1/2 c  Granulated sugar
     3/4 c  Corn syrup
     1/4 ts Maple flavoring
       2    Eggs; beaten
   4 1/2 c  All-purpose flour; sifted
       1 ts Baking powder
     1/2 ts Salt
            Fig filling:
   1 1/2 c  Dried figs
       1 c  Cold water
     1/2 c  Corn syrup
       1 ts Lemon rind; grated
       6 tb Granulated sugar
            Few grains salt
       1 tb Lemon juice
     1/2 c  Chopped nuts
  
   Recipe by: Mary M McBride’s Encyclopedia of Cooking
     Cream the shortening and sugar; beat in the corn syrup, maple flavoring
   and eggs.  Sift together the flour and salt; stir into the shortening
   mixture.  Shape the dough into two rolls about 2 1/2-inches in diameter.
   Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours. For the filling, cover
   the figs with boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes; drain, clip off
   the stems and cut fairly fine with scissors. Add the cold water and cook
   for about 10 minutes until tender. Add the corn syrup and lemon rind; cook
   for a few minutes longer. Mix the sugar, flour and salt; add all at once
   and cook, stirring, until thickened and clear. Remove from heat; add the
   lemon juice and nuts.  Cool.
     Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the rolls of dough into thin slices.
   For star cookies, put a small spoonful of fig filling in the center of a
   cookie slice; then with your fingers, fold up the edges and pinch in place
   to make a reasonable facsimile of a star. For filled cookies, put slices
   together in pairs with a dot of fig filling between them; press the edges
   together and prick the top with a fork or mark with a knife. Bake either
   cookie for 8 to 10 minutes, or until delicately browned around the edges.
   Cool on racks.  Makes about 3 dozen filled cookies or 6 dozen stars. Penny
   Halsey (ATBN65B). Note:  To freshen the cookies, reheat them in the oven
   for a few minutes and serve warm.
  
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