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Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)

Cookies filled with a fig mixture

Course Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep 1 hour
Cook 12 minutes
Resting time 45 minutes
Total 2 hours
Servings 48 cookies (Varies based on size, I got about 4 dozen cookies out of this recipe)
Calories 149 kcal

Ingredients

Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

Filling

  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup dried dates pitted
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped or ground in food processor
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade

Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk approximately
  • Colored sprinkles optional

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the sugar and combine well.
  2. Cut in the shortening with a fork or pastry blender and work the mixture until it looks like cornmeal.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla, and milk.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix with an electric mixer for a full 3 minutes. Dough will be soft.
  5. Remove the dough from the mixer and knead by hand for 5 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, wrap each with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
  7. To make the filling, grind figs, dates, and raisins in a food processor until coarse.
  8. Place fig, date, and raisin mixture in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Mixture will be thick. Set aside.
  9. Preheat oven to 375° and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Work with one piece of dough at a time, leaving the remaining pieces in the refrigerator until needed. On a floured surface roll the dough into a 12-inch square. Cut dough into 2x3-inch rectangles. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of filling into the middle of each rectangle. Carefully fold the short edges over to meet in the center and pinch to seal. Seal the sides as well.
  11. Place each cookie, seam-side down, on a baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie.
  12. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden in color.
  13. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely before icing.
  14. For the icing, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to achieve the desired consistency. You'll want the icing to be thick enough not to be runny, but still easily spreadable. Ice the tops of the cookies and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Let the icing set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.