Cuccidati

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Cuccidati
Cuccidatti fig cookie.jpeg
Alternative namesItalian fig cookie, Sicilian fig cookie
TypeCookie
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Main ingredientsFigs

Cuccidati (cucidati or cucciddati), and also known variously as buccellati, Italian fig cookies or Sicilian fig cookies, are fig-stuffed cookies traditionally served at Christmastime.[1][2]

The outer cookie is pastry dough, covered with icing and typically topped with rainbow sprinkles. The filling generally consists of some combination of walnuts, dates, figs, honey, spices and orange or apricot jam.[3] The pastry is rolled around the filling, and rolls are either cut into short tubes, or curved around to form a "bracelet".

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When ring-shaped these may be known as buccellati, meaning "little bracelets," and are a diminutive form of buccellato, a larger fig-filled ring cake. The ingredients are as varied as the names the cookies are called by, apparently a function of the town or region in which they are made. Other towns call them "nucciddati" (nut cookies), "zucciddati", "ucciddati", "vucciddati" and as in Serradifalco, pucciddati. That town's version includes ground figs and dates, nuts, and orange rinds.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkinson, Anthony (2005-09-30). Italian Desserts. Lulu.com. pp. 89–. ISBN 9781411644649. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ Patent, Greg; McLean, Dave (2007-12-17). A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 241–. ISBN 9780764572814. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ Joannie Zisk, “Cuccidati - Sicilian Fig Cookies”, The Today Show, 9 November 2015