How to Make Italian Fig Cookies: A Delightful Treat for Any Occasion

Daniel Casciato

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Italian fig cookies, known as “Cucidati,” are traditional sweet treats that originate from Italy. These delightful cookies are often prepared during Christmas time but are perfect for any occasion.

Filled with a mixture of figs, nuts, and spices, and encased in a tender pastry, they are a true testament to the rich culinary heritage of Italy. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making these delicious cookies at home.


For the Filling:

  • 1 cup dried figs, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup candied orange peel
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brandy or orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar, for decoration


Prepare the Filling:

  • In a food processor, combine the figs, raisins, almonds, and candied orange peel. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and stir in the honey, brandy (or orange juice), cinnamon, and cloves. Mix well and set aside.

Make the Dough:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to blend it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into four equal parts, wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Assemble the Cookies:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • On a floured surface, roll out one portion of the dough into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Spread a quarter of the fig filling along the middle of the dough. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling and press to seal. Cut into 1-inch pieces and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Bake the Cookies:

  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glaze and Decorate:

  • In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with enough milk to make a thick but pourable glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Once the glaze has set, your Italian fig cookies are ready to be served. Enjoy these delightful treats with a cup of coffee or tea.


  • You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Feel free to experiment with the filling by adding different types of nuts or dried fruits.

Italian fig cookies are not just a treat; they are a celebration of flavors and textures. Making them at home can be a delightful experience, one that brings a taste of Italy right into your kitchen. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!