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Italian Fig Cookies


Makes about 48

2 cups shortening
3 cups white sugar
6 eggs
8 cups all-purpose flour
7 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
pinch salt
milk
3 - 5 pounds of figs
1 pound raisins
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1 whole orange (with peel)
1 small apple
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

To make dough, cream sugar and shortening: add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Blend in flour and baking powder by hand. Knead dough until smooth and workable. Add milk to reach workable consistency.

To make filling, cut up figs, orange, and apple into small pieces, then pass through a food mill or grinder. The spices and chopped nuts are added to the ground fig mixture. After the fig mixture is ground, sprinkle them in over the mixture and mix it in by hand.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll out some dough faily thin. Put fig mixture in a line. Wrap dough over mixture, sealing figs inside dough. Trim to desired length, using a diagonal cut. Make small diagonal slits in the sides of the cookies. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.

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Reviews of Italian Fig Cookies:

1-5 of 7 reviews   Next >>

  Keri in Louisiana  Dec 21, 2007
Would make this again.
Have made these for years and has become a family favorite! Is fairly time consuming (we triple the batch)but delicious. 5 stars

  sj in florida  Nov 28, 2007
Would not make this again.
i hate it i hate it 1 star

   Dec 10, 2006
Would make this again.
no apple,add dates and black pepper 5 stars

  Marianne Jensen in Colorado Springs  Feb 26, 2004
Would make this again.
I would make this recipe again because they taste so good. It is the same one my mom and grandmother and aunts made when I was young and they split the cookies between themselves. They put in a little whiskie and they added dates, which is fine without dates. It is fairly easy to make and you could also use a food processor. It is the best Christmas cookie recipe ever!! 5 stars

  Ann M. in NJ  Oct 1, 2003
Would make this again.
I have tried this fig cookie and it is the closest cookie to my grandmothers fig pocket cookie that I have tasted. My family immigrated from the southern part of Italy, Bari to be exact and this cookie is the best. Enjoy! 5 stars

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