Italian Christmas Cookies & Recipes Italian Cookies Recipes


If you like distinctive cookies, this is the recipe for you.

Delicious orange and fig cookies.

Step by step.


Makes: about 3 dozen

Prep. Time: 20 min. Bake: 25 min./batch


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel



Preheat oven to 325°

Place almond paste, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form.

Add preserves and 1 egg white at a time, pulsing after each addition to combine.

Transfer almond mixture to a large bowl; fold in figs and orange peel (dough will be sticky).

Place remaining sugars in separate shallow bowls. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough into sugar.

Gently coat and shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Repeat in confectioners’ sugar.

Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake 24-28 minutes or until tops are cracked and bottoms are golden brown.

Remove to wire racks to cool.




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