Italian holiday cookie recipes

These amazing cookies from Italy are wonderfully soft and fruity.

  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 400g white sugar
  • 250g suet (or shortening)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Cream the suet and sugar together, then add the eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.Now add the flour and kit into a smooth dough.

  • 250ml milk
  • 400g dried figs
  • 250g raisins
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 1 small orange (with zest)
  • 1 small apple
  • 100g cups chopped nuts

All the filling ingredients need to be turned into a sticky paste. The easiest method is to throw it all in a food processor (except the orange juice) and turn it on. Add the orange juice slowly and stop just before the mixture gets liquid

To make the cookies roll out a 2 inch strip of dough and spread a pencil thick line of the filling along the middle of the strip. Now fold the dough over to make a roll.

Cut it in one inch slices and place your cookies on a lightly greased baking tray.

Place in a preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.

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