Italian fig cookies

Italian fig cookies


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About this recipe: These are super-delicious cookies. A fruity mixture of dried figs, raisins, orange, pecans and apple is used to fill a sweet cookie dough. Perfect for dessert, to snack on or with a cup of tea or coffee.

Mary Jo

Makes: 60 

  • 450g margarine
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1kg plain flour
  • 3 1/3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 475ml full fat milk
  • 1.8kg dried figs
  • 450g raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and segmented
  • 1 small apple
  • 165g chopped pecans
  • 250ml water

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. To Make Dough: Cream sugar and margarine. 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.
  2. To Make Filling: Cut up figs, orange and apple into small pieces. In a food processor, grind figs, raisins, orange and apple. If the mixture is too dry or thick, mix in up to 250ml of water, if desired. Add the spices and chopped nuts.
  3. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
  4. Roll the dough out to 5mm. Place fig mixture onto the dough in a line. Fold the dough over, sealing the fig mixture inside. Trim to desired length on the diagonal. Score the dough with slits and bake on an ungreased baking tray for 10-15 minutes.

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