Cuccidati-Sicilian Fig Cookies
Cuccidati, also known as Sicilian Fig Cookies are traditionally served during the holidays, especially Christmas.The sweet dough is similar to that of a butter cookie and the filling is a mixture of dried figs, raisins, almonds, chocolate, jam, honey, and spices. The perfect cookie to give as a gift!
Servings: 12 cookies
- ½ cup butter softened
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup dried and chopped figs stems removed
- 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
- 2/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips add more if you like more chocolate flavor
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup Moscato or Marsala or white wine
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice plus more if necessary
- rainbow nonpareils
In a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth (1 minute). Beat in the sugars and soda until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Lower speed of mixer and beat in the flour. Divide dough in half in plastic wrap. Chill until firm. While dough chills, prepare the fig filling (see directions below).
Remove stems from the figs and cut into small pieces. Place the figs and
the rest of filling ingredients in food processor with the metal blade.
Pulse until finely chopped. You could use the filling like this or you
could cook in a medium size skillet for about 5-7 minutes on medium-low heat In a medium saucepan combine filling ingredients. If it doesn't seem moist enough,
add orange juice a Tablespoon at a time until the mixture soft and
thick. Adjust the flavor of filling to your liking. If you like more of a spice flavor, add a bit more cinnamon. Add more honey if you'd like sweeter. If you like more chocolate, add some more chips to your liking. Cool to room temperature.
When dough is firm:
Sprinkle a little flour on the bottom and top of a portion of dough and place it in between two sheets of plastic wrap (or parchment paper). Roll into a 10x8 inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle lengthwise in half.
Spread fig filling lengthwise down the middle of each strip.
Gently lift up one long side of dough and fold it over the filling.
Lift the other side over the filling. Pinch together the seam.
Flip over the log seam side down.
Carefully slice into the pieces.
Place them seam side down on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Finish filling and slicing the rest of the dough.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer pieces to a wire rack to cool. Drizzle with lemon glaze (see directions below) and sprinkles.
Lemon Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until it forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more lemon juice if necessary). If it gets too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar.
Drizzle on each cookie, add the sprinkles and let set, about 15 minutes.
To Store: Place in layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container. They are perfect to give as a gift.