Cucidati II

    50 mins

    This takes some time to prepare, but is well worth the work. I looked years for this recipe for my father-in-law. After many tries, I found the one that reminded him of his grandmother's Christmas cookies.

    25 people made this

    Serves: 60 

    • 1 pound (450g) dried figs
    • 1 cup (120g) raisins
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
    • 1/2 pound (80g) chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup (340g) honey
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup (325g) orange marmalade
    • 2 1/2 cups (310g) sifted plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 cup (110g) shortening
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Grind the figs, raisins, orange zest and walnuts in a food processor, blender or food grinder. If the mixture is too thick, a couple of tablespoons of water can be added. Gradually blend in the honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips and orange marmalade. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F ). Grease two baking trays.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the eggs, milk and vanilla until the mixture can be gathered into a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to .5cm thickness. Cut the dough into strips that are 10cm wide. Spread filling onto one half of each strip lengthwise. Fold the dough over to cover and seal the edges by pressing on them with the tines of a fork. Slice the filled strips crosswise at an angle about every 2cm or so. This will make diamond shapes. Place the cookies onto the prepared cookie tray.
    3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking tray to cool on wire racks. Glaze with your favorite icing sugar glaze and top with sprinkles for added festivity.

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    Better than my mother's recipe. The dough handles very easily, although I had to make a double batch of dough to accomodate all the filling.  -  01 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great recipe.but I found that there was to much filling for the dough so double the dough recipe I searched for years for this recipe for my mom because her grand mother used to make them but had no written recipe unfortunately my mother passed away before I could make them for her-Now I make them every Christmas for my family and friends I make hundreds of them there is just one thing I change Instead of rolling them in logs I cut out rounds or trees or stars place filling in the center and place another shape on top and crimp edges That was how my mother remembered my great grandmother making them. Then I make a icing glaze and brush the baked and cooled cookies sprinkle with colored Jimmies to make them festive  -  28 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have made this twice now, excellent recipe. 4 stars only because I had to make another 1/2 batch of dough. I subbed 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa pwder for the chips-the texture and taste was better for us. These freeze great and taste better the longer they sit  -  21 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)