I had never before in my life bought vegan cream cheese, which has a few too many ingredients for my tastes. Still, since Trader Joe's came out with their own (much cheaper than Tofutti) house brand, I thought I'd give it a try just once.
Following the recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking, I cut chunks of shortening and cream cheese into the dough, which I then chilled. Later, I rolled it out before spreading a layer of jam and then a layer of chopped dates, walnuts, and cinnamon on it. Cut like a pizza, then rolled up into cute little horn-shaped cookies.