Recipe Title: Fruit Filled Spritz Cookies
Recipe Category: Cookies & Bars
Submitted By: Caylen - Wetumpka, AL
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chopped dates
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground nuts

DOUGH:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Confectioners' sugar
 
Directions: In a small saucepan, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 8 minutes or until thickened. Cool Completely. Stir in cherries, coconut and nuts; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Using a cookie press fitted with a bar disk, press a 12-in. long strip of dough onto a ungreased baking sheet. Spread fruit filling over dough. Press another strip over filling. Cut into 1-in. pieces (there is no need to separate the pieces.) Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden. Recut into pieces if necessary. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
 
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