I'm not going to sugar-coat this (no pun intended!). These cookies were a total pain. First, I couldn't find candied orange peel at the grocery store and didn't have time to mail-order or try another store. Luckily, David Lebovitz has a recipe for candied citrus that's pretty easy to follow, although it probably still took almost 30 minutes of hands-on time plus additional time waiting for things to boil. Once that was made, the dough and filling came together pretty easily in the food processor. I did run out of ground cinnamon and had to grate cinnamon sticks myself, but that's my own mistake. But then the shaping started. I know I'm slow, but it took me two hours to shape all of these cookies! It was kind of relaxing, and I got to watch the Redskins win while I worked (although if I'm honest it was a terrible football game), but there definitely were more important things I should have been doing while Charlotte napped. After all that, I really wanted to love these cookies. I love Fig Newtons and thought these would be a better, more complex version, but I was under-whelmed. I actually really liked the bites of filling I ate straight from the food processor (everybody does this, right?), but I thought the flavor got lost in the finished cookie. The combination of the dough and baking the cookies muted the flavor, at least for me. The most fun part of this experience for me was probably making the candied citrus peel. I ran out of white sugar and had to substitute sucanat so these are darker and not as pretty as they should have been, but I really like the flavor and I have a lot left. I'm looking forward to thinking of ways to use them up.