Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Figgy Yule Cookies

Figgy Yule Cookies paired with Yule, photo by Heather Hanson
photo by Heather Hanson

Now bring us some figgy pudding! In cookie form of course! To wrap up the holiday cookie pairings with Boom Island Brewing, I adapted this cookie to feature their holiday release, Yule. Yule is a Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with a different fruit addition each year. This year's fruit was black currant. Instead of featuring a currant studded treat, I opted for a classic Christmas dessert in cookie form. The figs are simmered in Yule for an extra kick and in is mixed into the icing in lieu of brandy.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Recipe adpated from Food 52

Yields about 4 dozen cookies

For the cookies
  • 8-10 large dried Turkish figs, diced
  • 1 cup Yule
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks) softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
For the icing
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Yule
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • In a small saucepan, simmer the figs and Yule until the figs are soft, about 15 minutes. Strain figs and set aside.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg until well combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in the strained figs and orange zest.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets by lining in parchment paper.
  • On a well floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/8” thick. Cut into 2” rounds. Arrange on baking sheets about 1” apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown along the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, whisk together the powdered sugar, Yule, butter and vanilla extract. Simmer, stirring frequently, until smooth and well combined.
  • Drizzle icing onto cooled cookies
  • ENJOY!

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