These cookies are based on a Sicilian fig-filled cookies and are called X cookies. I think they turned out looking kind of like X chromosomes. They consist of an egg-rich shortbread like dough filled with a dried fruit and nut mixture. I replaced the dried figs with dates in one version and dried apricots in another. Combined and chopped with toasted almonds, candied orange peel, golden raisins, dark chocolate, cinnamon, apricot jam, and a little rum, a simple dried fruit filling gained complexity with varied flavors and textures in every bite.
These were delicious fun-shaped cookies. The date and apricot versions were nearly identical. The recipe is on pages 318-320 of Baking With Julia. Find links to other bakers’ blog posts on the recipe at Tuesdays With Dorie.