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Tiny Fruit Turnovers

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

3  cups  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  salt
3/4  cup  margarine
1 1/2  cups  sugar
2  large  eggs
1  tablespoon  lemon peel, grated
    ---- Filling: -----
6  ounces  dates, pitted
1/2  cup  dried apricots, 6 ounces
1/2  cup  apricot nectar
1/2  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  lemon juice
1  teaspoon  lemon peel, grated
1/2  cup  nuts, chopped

1. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside. 2. In large bowl, beat sugar, margarine, eggs, and lemon peel with electric mixer set on low to medium. Beat until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well combined and smooth. Form a ball of the dough and wrap tightly. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight. 3. Make filling before continuing with cookie dough. In small saucepan combine chopped, dried apricots, apricot nectar, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, turn to simmer, and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add chopped dates and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring often, watching carefully to see that the fruit doesn't dry out and stick. Mixture should be thick. Remove from heat and add the lemon peel, juice and chopped nuts. Use your choice of nuts; walnuts or pecans are good choices. Mix well and cool completely. 4. Divide dough into 4 parts and work with one part at a time, keeping rest refrigerated until ready to use. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Use a sharp knife dipped in flour to cut dough into 12 rectangles. Or use cookie cutter to cut dough into 12 pieces. 5. Use spatula to place cookies onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon filling on half of each piece; fold over and use floured fork to seal edges firmly. Prick tops in one or two places. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overcook. Continue with remaining dough, greasing cookie sheet each time. Yield: About 48 turnovers.

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