To make the pastry dough, beat together butter and cream cheese until creamy. Stir in flour until blended. Cover and refrigerate. When firm, divide dough into 24 equal-sized balls. Press balls into the bottom and up the sides of mini-muffin tins. We suggest using silicone mini muffin tins, as the tassies are much easier to remove intact. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Place 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry preserves in the bottom of each unbaked shell. To make the filling, knead together sugar and almond paste. Mix in egg yolks one at a time. Beat well. Stir in the flour, milk and orange juice. Spoon this mixture evenly into each of the shells, covering the raspberry filling. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from muffin tins.
To make dough, cream sugar and shortening: add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Blend in flour and baking powder by hand. Knead dough until smooth and workable. Add milk to reach workable consistency.
To make filling, cut up figs, orange, and apple into small pieces, then pass through a food mill or grinder. The spices and chopped nuts are added to the ground fig mixture. After the fig mixture is ground, sprinkle them in over the mixture and mix it in by hand.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll out some dough faily thin. Put fig mixture in a line. Wrap dough over mixture, sealing figs inside dough. Trim to desired length, using a diagonal cut. Make small diagonal slits in the sides of the cookies. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.
3 C. flour
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 C. sugar
6 T. butter, softened
6 T. vegetable shortening
3 eggs, separated
1 1/2 t. almond extract
1/4 C. orange juice
1 C. sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray. Set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter and vegetable shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until dough resembles coarse meal. Mix in egg yolks.
Beat egg whites: In a medium bowl, beat egg whites and almond extract with mixer until soft peaks form — about 3 minutes. Fold whites into dough. Mix in orange juice.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until dough comes together and is smooth — about 2 minutes. Roll out dough into a 9- by 12-inch rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Using a fluted pastry cutter or a sharp knife, cut down the 12-inch length of the rectangle to divide the dough into four 3-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip into four 3-inch squares. Cut along the diagonal of each square to form 24 triangles.
Place cookies on baking sheet and sprinkle almonds over each cookie. Press almonds lightly into dough. Bake until edges are lightly browned — 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.