About this recipe:This takes some time to prepare, but is well worth the work. I looked years for this recipe for my father-in-law. After many tries, I found the one that reminded him of his grandmother's Christmas cookies.
Grind the figs, raisins, orange zest and walnuts in a food processor, blender or food grinder. If the mixture is too thick, a couple of tablespoons of water can be added. Gradually blend in the honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips and orange marmalade. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F ). Grease two baking trays.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the eggs, milk and vanilla until the mixture can be gathered into a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to .5cm thickness. Cut the dough into strips that are 10cm wide. Spread filling onto one half of each strip lengthwise. Fold the dough over to cover and seal the edges by pressing on them with the tines of a fork. Slice the filled strips crosswise at an angle about every 2cm or so. This will make diamond shapes. Place the cookies onto the prepared cookie tray.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking tray to cool on wire racks. Glaze with your favorite icing sugar glaze and top with sprinkles for added festivity.