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…
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.
The first step is to make the dough. The dough is made with shortening, which keeps it smooth and pliable.
Dried figs are a key component of the filling. They get chopped and pulsed in a food processor.
Toasted almonds and baked orange peel, along with spices and honey, give the cookie filling a signature flavor.
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.
The cookies get brushed with egg white and sprinkled with sprinkles before going into the oven.
And voila! They were just the cutest, most fun cookies to make.
Psst. Here’s a fun coincidence. Back in 2009 I tried making an all-butter version of cucidati. Check out this throwback post here.