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My Italian Fig Cookies

My husband is Italian, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked for his mom’s recipe that he loves so much. It never happened, so I made my own, based on 6 years of trying different recipes I’ve found online. This is a great recipe I came up with, but I’m sure they’re not like my husband’s mom’s recipe. It’s the best I could do, and I’ll share with you!

Paula's Italian Fig Cookies



  • 4 c unbleached white flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c plain shortening not butter flavored
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c milk


  • 1 c dried chopped figs
  • 1 c dried chopped dates
  • 1/2 c walnuts chopped
  • 3/4 c raisins
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c orange marmalade


  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • colored sprinkles


  1. To make cookie dough: In an electric mixer bowl, add the Crisco, egg, vanilla and milk; mix on medium until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients gradually, mixing, until a ball forms. Cut into 4 portions and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. For the filling, while the dough refrigerates, place figs, dates, raisins and walnuts in a food processor and process until coarse. Transfer to a large bowl and add the honey, marmalade and cinnamon, mix well and set aside, covered, while dough refrigerates
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. To make the cookies, take 1/4 of the dough and roll it it powdered sugar to a 12x12" square; cut into 2x3" rectangles. Fill each with 1 t. of filling and wrap dough around it, leaving both ends open. Make a couple of small diagonal slits on top of each cookie.
  5. Spray a baking sheet lightly and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, or until barely golden on top. Remove to cooling rack. When still warm but not hot, top with icing and sprinkles. Each 1/4 portion of dough makes 20 cookies.
  6. For the icing, don't make too thin, but spoon on top of warm cookies, and it will spread itself. It should be the consistency of frosting. Sprinkle with sprinkles. (You may have to make double this recipe if you like a lot of icing on yours, like we do) You don't really have to measure, just make it look like this:
  7. Italian Fig Cookies
  8. These can dry and be stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks! Enjoy!

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