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Italian Christmas Cookies

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Italian Christmas cookies, also known as “Cuccidati,” are a delightful and festive treat traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season. These cookies are filled with a sweet and spiced mixture, making them a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter. Here’s a classic recipe to make Italian Christmas cookies:

Ingredients:

For the Cookie Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur or orange juice

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Optional Toppings:

  • Colored sprinkles
  • Chopped nuts

Instructions:

Step 1: Make the Cookie Dough:

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