Fig and almond cookies are a delightful Italian treat, perfect for any occasion. Made with dried figs, almonds, and warm spices, these cookies are chewy, sweet, and full of flavor. Learn how to make these delicious cookies with our easy recipe!

Grandma's Italian Fig & Almond Cookies: For Your Special Breakfast

Fig and almond cookies are delicious shortbread cookies filled with a soft filling. Once cooled the cookies are drizzled with a lemon glaze and traditional holiday nonpareils (sprinkles.)
Course Snack
Cuisine Italian


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • 8 ounces dried figs about 1-1/3 cups
  • 3 tablespoons unblanched almonds
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, cold water, and vanilla until blended.
  • Place flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor; pulse until blended.
  • Add butter; pulse until crumbly.
  • While pulsing, add egg mixture just until combined.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Shape each into a disk; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. Wipe the food processor clean.
  • Add figs and almonds; pulse until chopped.
  • Add preserves and juice; pulse until combined. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 10×8-in. rectangle; cut each lengthwise into four 2-in.-wide strips.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons filling down center of each strip.
  • Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal. Roll each gently to shape into a log; cut crosswise into 1-in. pieces.
  • Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until light brown, 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.


Italian Fig and Almond Cookies, also known as "Cucidati" or "Sicilian Fig Cookies," are delicious on their own but can be complemented with a variety of pairings. Here are some ideas:
  1. Coffee or Espresso: Enjoy these cookies with a cup of coffee or espresso to balance the sweetness of the fig filling.
  2. Tea: Pair the cookies with a cup of tea, such as Earl Grey or chamomile, for a soothing combination.
  3. Cheese: Serve the cookies with a selection of cheeses, such as sharp cheddar or aged gouda, for a sweet and savory contrast.
  4. Marsala Wine: In Sicily, these cookies are often enjoyed with a glass of Marsala wine, a fortified wine from the region.
  5. Fresh Fruit: Serve the cookies with fresh fruit, such as grapes or berries, for a light and refreshing accompaniment.
  6. Nuts: Serve the cookies with a selection of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, for added texture and flavor contrast.
  7. Dessert Wine: Pair the cookies with a dessert wine, such as Vin Santo or Moscato d'Asti, for a sweet ending to a meal.
These are just a few ideas, but feel free to get creative and pair the cookies with whatever you enjoy!
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