On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
6 Cucidati cookies!!!
CUCIDATI Italian Fig Cookies
Most of you know I am Italian. For as far back as I can remember my family has always made Cucidati cookies. Here is our recipe:
The first step is to grind the figs.
I used a meat grinder and set in up on my kitchen counter. I place a sheet of wax paper under it to catch the grindings. I placed it all in a bowl. I gathered these supplies:
1 pkg figs
1 cup of raisins
1 orange cut into sections. Leave rind on.
I took small handfuls and placed them in the top of the grinder and turned the handle to push them through an grind them. Once I had all of the ground I gathered these supplies:
1 tsp All-Spice
1 tsp Cinnamon
4 Tablespoons of honey
1/2 a cup of hot water
I mixed them with the fig mixture in a bowl. I covered the bowl.
I put it in the refrigerator overnight!
First I grabbed a bowl and mixed these 3 ingredients together:
6 cups of Flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
In a separate bowl I whisked...
Then in my Kitchen Aid Mixer I creamed the butter and sugar with these measurements:
1 1/4 cup sugar
2.5 sticks of butter
Once I creamed the butter sugar I slowly added the eggs to the mixer. I added:
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 tsp of Anise
Then I folded the flour mixture into the wet mixture slowly until smooth.
Rolling out the cookies.
I took all that dough and divided it, kneaded it and made into large softball shapes.
I dusted my granite with flour.
I pulled apart enough doug to make a long snake that I rolled out about 12" long
Next, I took the palm of my hand and flattened it out to about 1/4" thickness.
Then I took a spoon and placed fig in the center, all along this long strip.
I pulled the dough up on either side and sealed the seam by pinching it together.
I cut the long strip into 2 1/2" sections. I cut diagonally.
I flipped each cookie over and cut three (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) decorative slits 1/2 "in size.
I positioned them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 350
bake on bottom rack for 10-15 minutes
Move to top rack for additional 5 minutes.
Check them by checking the bottom of the cookie (each oven is different).
Let cool completely
In my mixer
I poured in a 1/2 bag of powdered sugar
1 tsp of Anise
1 tsp of lemon juice
and slowly added milk to get it to frosting consistency
I added red and green food color and sprinkles to my cookies. (My favorite part!)
There is no place in the country like Miss Cayce's. It is the most magical place in the LAND! Thank you Miss Cayce's and West Texas for the fabulous FROSTY party this past weekend. Your land is rich in oil...but your people are richer in kindness and hospitality!!! Thank you, thank you for supporting my work, my mission to spread cheer throughout the LAND, for supporting my momma and her battle with Alzheimer's. The donations that you're making to the Alzheimer's Association are so generous.
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