Photos from Italian Fig Cookie (Cucidati) Making

6 Feb

During the December holiday season, my friends and I got together to make a batch of Italian Fig Cookies. My friend’s family has been making these cookies for a long, long time, and it was so special to be included in this fun tradition.

Below is a series of photos from the day…

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This was an all day event, so we had to start the morning off with a hearty breakfast. We were cookie making from 12 noon until 7 pm.

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The first step is to make the dough. The dough is made with shortening, which keeps it smooth and pliable.

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Dried figs are a key component of the filling. They get chopped and pulsed in a food processor.

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Toasted almonds and baked orange peel, along with spices and honey, give the cookie filling a signature flavor.

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We all sat around a table and got to rolling, filling, and crimping the cookies. We used razor blades to create fun slits and designs.

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The cookies get brushed with egg white and sprinkled with sprinkles before going into the oven.

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And voila! They were just the cutest, most fun cookies to make.

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Psst. Here’s a fun coincidence. Back in 2009 I tried making an all-butter version of cucidati. Check out this throwback post here.

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