Anise-Scented Fig and Date Swirls
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
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