Combine flour, 1/3 c sugar and baking powder. Cut in the butter flavored shortening and butter till mixture is pea sized. Mix in the milk and eggs by hand until dough comes together. Divide into two balls and wrap in plastic wrap and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Chop all of the dried fruit, nuts and apples in a food processor. Mean while, in a small sauce pan, boil water, stir in the remaining sugar, pepper and cinnamon. When disolved, stir in the chopped fruits, nuts, apples and raisins.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
On floured surface, roll each ball into a 12" square and cut each 12" square into 4x3" rectangles. Spread the filling mixture on one of the shorter sides (1 TB) for each rectange. Start with that side and roll up. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and curve each to look like a cresent roll. Cut 3 small slits on the top of each cookie and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
Some people dip the ends into melted chocolate or sprinkle with powdered sugar. I prefer the later due to not being as sweet.