Cucidati! (Italian Fig Cookies)

Whether you call them Cucidati, Sicilian X Cookies, or just plain Italian Fig Cookies, the end result is the same. Tender sweet dough, that’s wrapped around a very flavorful spiced fig filling.

This is a favorite in many Italian households, and hands down, this is my hubby and his brothers

favorite cookie! I think it’s mostly nostalgic, because it reminds them so much of their mom, in fact they call them “Moms cookies”. Weeks before, my BIL will call me and plead ” Are you gonna make mom’s cookies this year? Let’s make mom’s cookies! What do you need? What should I buy? We’ll help you! Normally their idea of helping is spending 5 minutes in the kitchen then popping a DVD in, and every so often I would hear one of them say, “How’s it going up there? “Got any done yet?” Well this year I decided to call their bluff and said I would make them if they help. I think they now have total appreciation for all the work that goes into it!


To make these, you need to set aside the whole day, it’s very time consuming especially if you triple the recipe, which we did. You can however, make the dough and the filling a day ahead of time which I will do next year.

I decided to use Nick Malgieri’s recipe ( link below) which is so similar to my MIL’s. The only thing I omitted was the chocolate in the filling, my MIL never put chocolate in hers. The dough is tender, and easy to work with, and a breeze to make in the food processor!

For the filling, some of the ingredient’s are, golden raisin’s, candied orange peel, toasted and chopped almonds.

Apricot preserves, dark rum or brandy, instant espresso, cinnamon and cloves.

I made my BIL chop up the figs. Nice job UJ!

All the ingredients get whirled together in the food processor and the end result is a thick and flavorful fig paste!

The dough and fig paste gets divided up equally.

One at a time on a floured surface, you flatten each piece of dough and roll it out into a rectangle 3″ x 12″ long. Next, roll your fig paste into a log, lay the log on top of the dough, seal the edges and roll it out into a cylinder. Cut them as big as you want.

Heres our finished project. just waiting for the frosting to dry. You don’t have to frost them, but we like them that way. Needless to say, the 2 brothers were very happy!!


Of course I have to send a bunch of these over to Susan from Food Blogga! She’s got her famous cookie baking event going on again.

Check out the roundup she has already! They all look delicious! Hurry, you still have a little time to submit something.


Happy Baking!!!

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  1. Those are my favorite too. I have my mom’s recipe, but have never tackled it. I am tempted looking at your wonderful photos.

  2. WOW…so many and so yummy!
    Can i have some…??? :D

    esp. since I am the first one to comment..lol.

  3. I would have left the chocolate out too! I adore these and love having them for brekkie with some cappuccino. Yum

  4. One of the recipes that takes me back to grandmas kitchen! She did use chocolate. Yours are heaven and I like that you got those men in there to help you! Icing them gives a nice festive touch :)
    Did they eat them all?

  5. I am glad you made such a lot….I do not think they will last long! Interesting filling to these delicious-looking cookies!!

  6. I can tell you first hand that these came out delicious!!!

    My favorite of all Christmas cookies.

  7. Yummo. We live in TX and I order these yearly from Maria’s pastry shop in MA. She makes wonderful things but the weight of Italian cookies and Marzipan is high so the shipping cost is high too. MAYBE, again MAYBE, I’ll give these a try next year instead of buying them.

  8. These cookies sound so incredible. I think all recipes that have a history behind them appeal to me at this time of the year.

  9. Marie you are my hero! Congratulations.. these are gorgeous and sooo many!! Can I send you my address so you can send me at least one? :)
    Like Maryann, we do chocolate! Your DH and BIL are troopers, cutting up the figs takes a long time! I hate cutting around those stems! :(
    I love your photo’s and the icing is a must! They look so pretty!
    Have a Happy Day!!
    Ciao and hugs!

  10. Hey u bet …we all need to eat healthy in these indulgent times..lol

  11. These look incredible. I am a HUGE fig fan, and the other ingredients sound just up my alley.

    I will definitely have to try making these next year – this year, I have a huge docket of recipes that I’m plowing through and I think I’ll cry if I add any more.

  12. Oh, how I love these kind of filled cookies, Marie. As you know, I grew up with them. These are so pretty they really belong showcased in an Italian bakery. Thanks for sending them my way.

  13. I love these cookies they remind me so much of when I was growing up.

  14. OMG — I am definitely going to use your recipe and make these next year, Marie. They truly look divine!
    A beautiful tradition, for sure, and you’re so generous.

    Are there any left today?

    Buon Natale!

  15. I have to laugh when the guys say they will help, more like they will boss us around. But the aggravation was worth it, these are very good cookies. UJ has really been trying not to eat them all in one day. I think we have a few left!

  16. These look amazing! And good for you for putting the men to work, now they’ll have a new appreciation for the labor of love that goes into these. These are going on my “must make” list (although I might start slowly with just a single recipe!!)

  17. What a production Christmas cookies are, especially tripled recipes! I think you now have a new holiday tradition with the brothers, they wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun now would they! Good job!

  18. Oh wow, another winner from you for sure!

  19. Ooooh, I LOVE “mom’s” cookies! These look just terrific. We ate fig filled cookies during the holidays as well as those poppyseed filled ones. Alas, I fear those recipes may be long lost. Oh wait, I just remembered a notebook of recipes that I inherited … I’m off to go thumb through it! Yum!

  20. I think every Italian loves these fig cookies Marie! They are my husband’s favorite! He is from Calabria and his Mom’s recipe is slightly different from yours and they don’t even call them cucidati but “pita” in his dialect. The recipe that I have on my blog uses walnuts, dates and orange marmalde — no chocolate either. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe is very similar.
    I love your cookie shapes and the icing — looks like you have a nice supply for the holidays!
    Merry Christmas! Hugs, Pat

  21. Wow, you have so many delicious looking cookies!
    Cheers,
    Elra

  22. Making these cookies will always remind me of good times with my mom and my family. Proud Italian Cook, you remain the best. And to my wife, who is a Proud German Cook, I am a lucky Italian and I get the best of both worlds of cooking.
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Love,
    UJ

  23. My grandmother used to make fig-filled Swedish cookies when I was little and I pretty much hated them. Something tells me that I would absolutely adore yours though! It better be good after spending an entire day on them, right? Happy Holidays!

  24. That’s a lot of cookies! I would eat so many of these since they are bite sized!
    You were lucky to have some helping hands.
    I need to try these filled cookies, normally I just make them plain no filling, but the filling certainly adds that extra something special.

  25. I am drooling on my keyboard, these look sooooooo good! Puts a fig newton to shame doesn’t it :)

  26. I love the name of these beautiful cookies Marie…Cucidati…wonderful ring to it! Great filling too…but would UJ mind coming across and lending a helping hand here too? Pretty please…
    xoxox

  27. WOW, send a bunch over this way:)

  28. I came across your blog looking for a timpano recipe. But I was thrilled to see the Cucidati, as I am about to make mine, using the same recipe as Nick Malgieri. I also leave out the chocolate as I don’t think it has any business being in there. I do frost ours but my Sicilian father insists we leave off the sprinkles.

  29. Really – everything you make is amazing.

  30. These look so good Marie, I have trouble finding figs here. I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, big hugs, Kathy.

  31. I make mine a bit different, but it just isn’t Christmas in our house without these cookies. My son and husband eat them faster than the frosting can dry!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’d love to try these as well.

  32. Marie, these look so good. I don’t thing I ever had one of these before. My mother never made these.

  33. Oh my! Look at all those cookies! Fabulous!!!

    Isn’t fun to have help in the kitchen Marie, especially if it is not the usual suspects. We cooked in a friend’s kitchen this past weekend and had a blast. My little brother impressed us with his dessert, and my SIL made a fabulous tartiflette. First time for both. Neat!

  34. Oh, yumm! Your creations are truly amazing.

    Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas & a New Year full of continued love & laughter.

    With love,
    Amy

  35. buon natale Marie, have a fabulous Christmas with your lovely family. Ciao Lxxx

  36. I thought of you when I watched the two fig cookie videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking

    Sally

  37. I loved my nonna’s fig cookies when I was a little girl. She died when I was 5 and can’t remember the last time I had them. I decided to make them this year, and tried my best to remember what hers looked like. I found a recipe that I used, but now that I see your post I think yours is more similar to what I recall. You can see mine on my blog http://nonnaroseskitchen.blogspot.com/ I think next time I’ll try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  38. These fig cookies sound like a real treat :). Hope you had a cozy and memorable Christmas!

  39. I just discovered your blog and love it. The food looks scrumptious – I can’t wait to try these cookies – and your photos are beautiful. I look forward to following your future recipes.
    Linda
    ciaochowlinda.blogspot.com

  40. Wow…just taking some time catching up with your blog and all your wonderful Christmas cookies…my sister was right…(In a garden)our mother made those all the time, I miss them so much, I’m really not the baker gal (I’d rather cook), but my sister sure can bake up a storm…

    Hope your having a wonderful Christmas and New Year Marie…

  41. I really like the sound of using nuts and dried fruits in holiday treats!

  42. This is my favorite cookie around the holidays…sadly I didn’t get any this year, my grandparents usually make them and they were both sick and not baking this year. : (

    Looks delicious!!

  43. While I’m Napolitan and Calabrese, I adore these Sicilian cookies. I’ve copied the recipe for next year. I haven’t made them in a while and yours sound better than the last recipe I used.

  44. You are so right about these being “Mom’s Cookies”. Since my 90 year old mother is no longer baking them and sending them to me, I had to do it myself for the first time this year. I’m so glad to have her recipe. Yours look fantastic!

    Don

  45. YAYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!!

    We made these too! They were my Grandfather’s favorites and so we make them every year as homage – plus they are my favorite’s too! :)

  46. OH MY, ARE YOU BRINGING BACK MEMORIES. I WAS GOING TO LIST THIS ONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I AM SO GLAD I RAN INTO YOUR BLOG. I GREW UP IN AN ITALIAN-SPEAKING HOME AND IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO MEET PEOPLE WHO CAN RELATE TO OUR CUSTOMS. I WILL ADD YOU TO MY BLOG FOOD LIST. STOP BY AND SEE ME SOON! RITA

  47. Anonymous says:

    Just had to tell you –You were part of our Christmas Cucidate cookie recipe collection this past Christmas! So much fun! Emailing all the cousins to compare our recipes – all from one source (Grandmother) and all different! We made all versions and couldn’t have had a happier Holiday! Hope yours was too. Tracey in CT

  48. Anonymous says:

    My grandmother made these at Christmas also – it wasn’t Christmas without them. She did a few things differently though – as I remember anyway – she begin to make the filling soon after Thanksgiving – I guess so that the flavors had time to blend? Also, as I remember, she would cut the logs AFTER baking them. Every time I make them, they come out good, but not the same as Grandma’s. I will try your recipe next – wouldn’t it be wonderful if it could compare to my Grandmother’s. There was also another fried pastry that was always made at Christmas – it was about 3 inches square, filled with ricotta, fried, and then drizzled with honey and colored sprinkles. No one seems to know what I am talking about – this was about 50 years ago, so I could very well be remembering it wrong :>) Elaine in Mass

  49. To anonymous Elaine in Mass.
    The fried ricotta filled pastry is called Casadeddi. (also used in chicken soup). However, we did not put honey on them. We used a mixture of sugar & cinnamon. There was another fried pastry called Pinulata… little dough logs stacked in a pile shaped like a cone & doused with honey & sprinkles or maraschino cherries

  50. Grazie Mille!!
    These look exactly like my grandmother’s, and helped me to remember how we made them!

  51. wow you have so yummy food in your blog.
    Regards
    olga.

  52. Anonymous says:

    These look so good, can’t wait to try this, in fact I’m getting all the ingredients to try it this weekend ! I have a question about the apricot preserves, wouldn’t these be too runny or can I just use dried apricots?

  53. Anonymous, go ahead and use the preserves, they will not be runny at all.

  54. I have been making the fig cookies for about 30 years. I have only one son who is interested in making them. Every one else just wants to eat them. I usually make about 200.

  55. Debra Macki says:

    When looking for an Italian recipe that will be exactly like my grandmother’s, you are the only one I trust! My grandmother wasn’t good at writing her recipes down so every year I try to recreate the things that she cooked and baked when we were little. Thanks to you, I’m able to do that!

    Happy Holidays!
    XOXOXO
    Debra

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