Nutritional Info

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (30g)

Calories 73
Calories from Fat 29 (40%)
Amount Per Serving %DIV
Total Fat 3.3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 11.2mg 4%
Sodium 113.2mg 5%
Potassium 15.4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 1.2g 2%

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Recipe Description
I can't imagine Christmas without these cookies. For many Sicilians, making them is a family project. The women mix and roll the dough, while the men chop and grind the filling ingredients. The children decorate the filled cookies. They are traditionally cut into many fanciful shapes resembling birds, leaves, or flowers. Some families make dozens of them to give away to friends and neighbors.
Prep time
1 hr 40 min
Cook time
25 min
Ready In
2 hr 5 min

Ingredients

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1   egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1/8 Teaspoon(t)  cloves, ground
1 Teaspoon(t)  cinnamon, ground
1 Teaspoon(t)  orange zest
1/4 Cup(c)  orange juice
1/3 Cup(c)  honey
1/2 Cup(c)  semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 Cup(c)  walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 Cup(c)  raisins
2 Cup(c)  moist dried figs, stems removed
1 Teaspoon(t)  pure vanilla extract
2   large eggs, at room temperature
6 Tablespoon(T)  unsalted butter
1/2 Teaspoon(t)  salt
2 Teaspoon(t)  baking powder
1/3 Cup(c)  sugar
2 1/2 Cup(c)  all purpose flour

Preparation

To prepare the dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter, using an electric mixer or pastry blender, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Add the eggs to the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until the dough is evenly moistened. If the dough is too dry, blend in a little cold water a few drops at a time. Gather the dough into a ball and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten it into a disk and wrap well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. To prepare the filling: In a food processor or meat grinder, grind the figs, raisins and nuts until coarsely chopped. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate if not using within the hour. To assemble the pastries: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease two large baking sheets. Cut the dough into 6 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a log about 4 inches long. With a floured rolling pin, roll one log into a 9 by 5 inch rectangle. Trim the edges. Spoon a 3/4 inch strip of the filling lengthwise slightly to one side of the center of the rolled out dough. Fold one long side of the dough over to the other and press the edges together to seal. Cut the filled dough crosswise into 3 even pieces. With a sharp knife, cut slits 3/4 inch long at 1/2 inch intervals through the filling and dough. Curving them slightly to open the slits and reveal the fig filling, place the pastries one inch apart on the baking sheets. Brush the pastry with the egg wash. Drizzle with candy sprinkles if desired. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Bake the cookies 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the cookies on wire racks. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 month.

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