Italian Food Forever: Italian Christmas Cookie

Italian Food Forever: Italian Christmas Cookie

Italian Christmas Cookies

Ingredients for dough:2 cups flour¾ tablespoons baking powder1/8 teaspoon salt¼ cup sugar½ vegetable shortening2 large eggs½ tablespoon vanilla extract¼ milk (add more if needed)Ingredients for filling (my version):12 ½ oz. can of dates with walnuts (Solo brand)¾ cup raisins1 tablespoon orange juice2 tablespoons rumIngredients for icing:1 cup powdered sugar½ teaspoon vanilla extract2 tablespoons milkFor the dough, add all ingredients to a mixer and mix for three full minutes. Dough will be soft.Remove dough from mixer and knead by hand for five minutes. (I had to flour my hands several times during this  process to keep the dough from sticking to me.)Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Wrap each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Dough can be made ahead of time and stored for up to five days.For the filling, stir all ingredients in a bowl. This can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.When you are ready...
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