In a food processor combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix until combined.
Add the cold butter to the food processor and combine until the mixture is crumbly.
Add the eggs, vanilla and orange zest to the food processor. Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides.
Separate the dough into thirds. Make each into a rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
Place the filling ingredients into a food processor. Combine until it makes a paste.
Place in a bowl, cover and place in fridge for several hours or overnight.
Making the X's
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
Place a dough rectangle between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 12 x 9" rectangle. Then cut into 3 pieces that are 3x12".
Place the fig mixture along the center of a rectangle and enclose the mixture. Turn the log over so that the seam is on the underside. Flatten the top. Cut the 12" log in half and then again in half. You should have 4 cookies about 3" long.
Cut a slit at the bottom and top of each cookie to make the X. Place each cookie on the parchment paper, and slightly pull apart the bottom and top half to give the X the correct shape.
Repeat to finish all the dough and filling.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes and then move the cookies to a rack to cool completely.
If desired, you can dust with icing sugar once cooled.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.