Cucidate - Sicilian Fig Christmas Cookies
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An Italian Christmas Cookie from Sicily made with figs, dried fruit, liquor, nuts.
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 36
Fig Filling
  • 2 cups dried figs (or 2 cupsfig jam)
  • 2 cups dried dates (or dried plums)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup bourbon or Grand Marnier, Cognac or Brandy
  • 1 cup almonds or walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar (I always cut my sugar. I used ⅔ cup sugar)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice) I used juice of one satsuma.
  • small colored sprinkles
Fig Filling
  1. Soak Raisins in bourbon for an hour up to overnight.
  2. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Grind all ingredients in food processor or Vitamix. The mixture should be ground enough to spread in the cookie. I substituted fig jam for dried figs and dried plums for dates.
  4. Refrigerate filling overnight.
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar together.
  2. Cut butter in. I used the Kitchen Aid Mixer. You could cut in with pastry blender or use a food processor also.
  3. Beat eggs and milk to together. Reserve 1 tablespoon milk. You may not need it.
  4. Add to flour mixture, and form a dough. Add the extra milk of it's too dry.
  5. Separate dough in 4 sections. Wrap each in plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
  1. Mix confectioner's sugar with orange juice. Add water a little at a time, until you have a thin glaze.
  1. Work with one section of pastry dough at a time.
  2. Roll each section into a tube. Divide into two sections to make it easier to work with.
  3. Flatten out each tube. Put mixture in center. Pull sides up to reach. Cut into 1½ inch cookies.
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  5. Spoon glaze over each cookie. Top with sprinkles.
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