Anise-Scented Fig and Date Swirls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed soft dried figs (8 oz), stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup packed pitted dates (7 oz), trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds, ground in an electric coffee/spice grinder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup granulated raw sugar such as turbinado or Demerara
  • Description

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