Cucidati Italian Christmas Fig Cookies

YUMMLY
24Ingredients
45Minutes
170Calories

Description

Imagine a glorified Fig Newton with sprinkles, and you'll get the idea behind these festive holiday cookies. Though cucidati are much-loved in Sicily where they originate, the crumbly, lightly sweetened spiced fig and nut cookies are not well-known…

in the United States, outside of Italian-American communities. It takes a little time to create them, but your efforts will be rewarded. For extra flair, be sure to top the finished cookies with vanilla glaze and colorful sprinkles. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Sara Mellas.

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Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened, cut into pieces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for dough)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (for dough)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (for dough)
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or for 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, use 1/8 tsp. each ground allspice and ground nutmeg)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (for filling)
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • all purpose flour (for rolling)
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (for glaze)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for glaze)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • candy sprinkles (Rainbow, nonpareils)
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    Directions

    1. Place the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add egg and continue beating until the mixture is light, about 1 minute longer.
    2. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl and beat until a smooth dough forms, scraping bowl as needed.
    3. Divide dough in half. Turn each half onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape dough into 3/4-inch-thick rectangles, then wrap them tightly. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to roll and hold its shape, about 1 hr.
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    170Calories
    Sodium3% DV80mg
    Fat11% DV7g
    Protein4% DV2g
    Carbs9% DV26g
    Fiber8% DV2g
    Calories170Calories from Fat60
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Fat7g11%
    Saturated Fat3g15%
    Trans Fat
    Cholesterol20mg7%
    Sodium80mg3%
    Potassium110mg3%
    Protein2g4%
    Calories from Fat60
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Carbohydrate26g9%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Sugars16g32%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C0%
    Calcium4%
    Iron6%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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