Cucciddati cookies are delicious Sicilian American cookies made up of figs and dates, then rolled in cookie dough and baked. Frosted with icing or sesame seeds, these are perfect for your Christmas cookie tray

Cucciddati cookies are delicious Sicilian American cookies made up of figs and dates, then rolled in cookie dough and baked. Frosted with icing or sesame seeds, these are perfect for your Christmas cookie tray

Cucciddati Christmas Cookies are a family favourite at JoJo's house.

Every time there's a wedding or a family gathering, then these tasty little treats get made! They're also great during the holiday season, given the wonderful decorations that are added for that extra festive look and taste.

Here, JoJo has made two variations, one with an icing coating and one with a sesame coating, called GIUGIULENI” (pronounced JuJulanie).
Both equally delicious.

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Some background to the origins of these cookies taken from Wikipedia: "Buccellati, in Sicilian, literally "little bracelets" are uniquely Sicilian fig cookies of sweet dough rolled out and filled with figs as well as numerous other ingredients. The ingredients are as varied as the names the cookies are called by, apparently a function of the town or region in which they are made.

In most of Sicily (as in most Sicilian-American homes) they are called "cucciddati". They often include dates or date paste, and "cucciddati" could be interpreted as "date cookies".

Other towns call them "nucciddati" (nut cookies), "zucciddati", "ucciddati", "vucciddati" and as in Serradifalco, pucciddati.

That town's version includes ground figs and dates, nuts, and orange rinds.

The rolls are either cut into short tubes, or curved around to form a "bracelet".

The cookies are a favorite at Christmas and wedding celebrations of many Sicilian-American and Sicilian families."

These Sicilian cookies are a little similar to the UK Fig Rolls, which are absolutely delicious too!
Recipe by JoJo Lanthier

Prep Time

20 - 30minutes

Cook Time

12 - 15 Minutes

Yield

Approx 140

Ingredients

The Filling

(should be prepared in advance):

1 lb. dry figs, grind
1 lb. dry dates, grind
1/4 lb. raisins, grind
1/4 lb. candied cherries, grind
1 small orange (with skin), grind
1 1/2 cups nuts, grind
1 small can pineapple or peaches, grind
1 teaspoon cinnamon, add
1 cup sugar

1 cup brandy (optional)

*if you are not using brandy, you can use the equivalent in either the juice from any canned fruits or fresh orange juice.

The Dough

5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups margarine, cream
3/4 cup sugar, cream
2 large eggs, blend
1 tsp. vanilla, blend
1/2 cup milk
Plus 2 egg whites (approx) and milk to coat if making sesame seed cookies.

For the sesame coating

1 lb sesame seeds (you may have some leftover depending on how many cookies you make)

For the sugar frosting

Powdered Sugar and milk.

Instructions

To Make The Filling

Do this 1-7 DAYS IN ADVANCE: -
Grind figs, dates, fruits, and nuts alternating each as you grind. (optional: add sugar and brandy or whiskey and cinnamon) Pour reserved juice from canned fruit add if needed to make fig mixture really moist.

Store in fridge in an air-tight container until needed. If there is any leftover, store in freezer for up to one year.

To Make The Dough

1. Set dry ingredients aside. Cream and blend wet ingredients; add flour one cup at a time. Dough should not be sticky but not dry.

2. Add flour to the board to roll easily then roll the dough into a rope, then flatten the dough all the way along.

3. Take the date mixture and roll into a rope thinner in diameter than the dough rope. Place this mixture in the middle of the flattened dough rope and fold the edge over and press down so the edge is sealed all the way along. Then cut 1/2 inch pieces.

4. For the sesame coating: (before baking) Wet each cookie in egg whitewash with a little milk and roll in the sesame seeds.

Cucciddati Christmas Cookies, A wonderful Italian cookie recipe and perfect for Christmas
With Sesame seeds

5. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minute at 350 F until browned. Cool and frost if desired.

To frost the cookies

Add powdered sugar and milk until easily spread. (optional : may add 1/2 tsp. of anise oil or flavoring to frosting) then cover the cookies and decorate with Christmas cake decorations. (you can buy these in the cake section ).

Cucciddati Christmas Cookies, A wonderful Italian cookie recipe and perfect for Christmas

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other ingredients? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

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Cucciddati Christmas Cookies, A wonderful Italian cookie recipe and perfect for Christmas

Cucciddati Christmas Cookies

Yield: 140
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Cucciddati cookies are delicious Sicilian American cookies made up of figs and dates, then rolled in cookie dough and baked. Frosted with icing or sesame seeds, these are perfect for your Christmas cookie tray

Ingredients

FILLING (should be prepared in advance):

  • 1 lb . dry figs, grind
  • 1 lb . dry dates, grind
  • 1/4 lb . raisins, grind
  • 1/4 lb . candied cherries, grind
  • 1 small orange, grind, with skin
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts, grind
  • 1 small can pineapple or peaches, grind
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, add
  • 1 cup sugar and booze, optional

DOUGH:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups margarine, cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar, cream
  • 2 large eggs, blend
  • 1 tsp . vanilla, blend
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Plus 2 egg whites and milk to coat if making sesame seed cookies., approx

For the sesame coating :

  • 1 lb sesame seeds, you may have some left over depending on how many cookies you make

For the frosting:

  • Powdered Sugar and milk.

Instructions

To Make The Filling

Do this 1-7 DAYS IN ADVANCE: -

  1. Grind figs, dates, fruits, and nuts alternating each as you grind. (optional: add sugar and brandy or whiskey and cinnamon)
  2. Pour reserved juice from canned fruit add if needed to make fig mixture really moist.

Store in fridge in an air-tight container until needed. If there is any leftover, store in freezer for up to one year.

To Make The Dough

1. Set dry ingredients aside. Cream and blend wet ingredients; add flour one cup at a time. Dough should not be sticky but not dry.

2. Add flour to the board to roll easily then roll the dough into a rope, then flatten the dough all the way along.

3. Take the date mixture and roll into a rope thinner in diameter than the dough rope. Place this mixture in the middle of the flattened dough rope and fold the edge over and press down so the edge is sealed all the way along. Then cut 1/2 inch pieces.

4. For the sesame coating: (before baking) Wet each cookie in egg whitewash with a little milk and roll in the sesame seeds.

5. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minute at 350 F until browned. Cool and frost if desired.

To frost the cookies

Add powdered sugar and milk until easily spread. (optional : may add 1/2 tsp. of anise oil or flavoring to frosting) then cover the cookies and decorate with Christmas cake decorations. (you can buy these in the cake section ).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 140 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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