It would have been a heckuva lot easier if they just skipped the whole "X" thing and called these fig newtons or something like that...
Form the filling and dough into little logs, pat them down, cut them into one inch strips - same effect with half the hassle.
1) Food processor - both the filling and dough were made up in the food processor. No fuss, no muss.
2) No refrigeration - the dough and filling could be worked with right away. If the shaping part wasn't so stinking fussy, this would have been a fairly simple cookie to make.
3) The recipe was easily halved. I am trying to reduce batch sizes - so was happy that I didn't have to make 5 dozen cookies! (A half batch yielded 36 cookies.)
3) They taste like fig newtons, but without the cakey shell. I like fig newtons, so this was a good thing. I could have done without the chocolate in the filling. I wasn't hunting down orange peel, so I threw in some chopped apricots instead. I was out of marmalade, so I threw in some raspberry preserves.
The verdict: tasted good enough, but more work than I like to put into a cookie.
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for X Cookies can be found here. (My recommendation, make the cookies, forget the X!)