Cuccidati {Sicilian Fig Cookies}

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Serves: 32

Ingredients

  • For the dough
  • 1 ¾ cups (226 grams) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated natural cane sugar
  • Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1 stick (112 grams) cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the filling
  • 1 cup (145 grams) dried mission figs, chopped
  • ⅔ cup (82 grams) raisins
  • ¼ cup (45 grams) chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) Marsala wine
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly grated zest of ½ an orange
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated natural cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (16 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the glaze, if desired
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Nonpareil sprinkles, to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Fº. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the dough: add the flour, sugar and lemon zest to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Add butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal. Add egg and vanilla. Pulse just until mixture forms a ball of dough. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill while you prepare the filling (reserve food processor bowl).
  3. Make the filling: Add the figs, raisins and chocolate to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until fruit and chocolate are coarsely chopped. Add remaining filling ingredients and pulse it forms a mostly smooth paste (it’s okay if it’s slightly chunky).
  4. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece into a 9-inch by 7-inch rectangle, then cut each piece in half lengthwise for a total of 4 rectangles.
  5. Divide the filling onto each piece of dough then spread down the center lengthwise. Fold outer edges of dough over filling and pinch ends closed. Turn dough over, with seam facing down, and cut each log into 8 equal pieces. Place cookies onto prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until bottoms are lightly golden, 15–20 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely before icing.
  7. If icing cooking, in a small bowl, whisk confectioners’ sugar with a splash of vanilla and just enough water until thick and smooth (you want it to drape the cookies in a thick glaze). Spread icing over tops of cookies, then sprinkle with nonpareils, if desired.