1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Orange food color
For the Filling:
2 cups raisins, finely chopped
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder, spice, and flour one cup at a time mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff. Blend last flour in by hand. Do not chill dough. To tint with food color: add small amounts until desired color is reached. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter.
Dip round or pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters in flour before each use, to make pumpkin-shaped cookies with all of the dough. Place half the cookies on cookie sheets. Place 1 tablespoon filling on cookie. Cut out the eyes and mouth from remaining cookies, to make a jack-o-lantern. Place on top of filling. Press to seal edges. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
For the filling: Mix together the raisins, walnuts, and orange juice concentrate in
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.