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Cuccidati Recipe

Cuccidati Recipe

The compliments are well worth making these Sicilian cookies—they're the best recipe I've found! —Carolyn Fafinski, Dunkirk, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:60 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 pound pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 small navel oranges, peeled and quartered
  • 1/3 pound dried figs
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. Place the first seven ingredients in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough into four portions; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 3. Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 16-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Spread 1 cup filling lengthwise down the center of each. Starting at a long side, fold dough over filling; fold the other side over the top. Pinch seams and edges to seal. Cut each rectangle diagonally into 1-in strips. Place seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • 4. Bake at 400° for 10-14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over cookies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 132 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 0 fruit, 0 fat.

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nvanek User ID: 3430251 148651
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I rated this recipe as average because it is missing a lot of true cuccidati ingredients. There should be more figs. I usually use 2 lbs to 3/4 lbs of dates. There is no need for sugar if you use a orange, apricot or strawberry presevere along with candied fruit. There is no need for water this is where you add the alcohol. There has to be some type of rum, whiskey or brandy added to these to make it a true cuccidati. The dough is pretty close to my grandmothers but it is missing a little orange extract. I usually do 1/2 vanilla 1/2 orange. Gives it a great flavor. I can even make the dough as a dunking cookie and people go crazy over them."

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leggygillin User ID: 4582287 130944
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"This is the second time trying this recipe. It was easier to make this time but I did change things up a little. I used butter instead of Crisco. In place of dates, I used prunes. I forgot to get oranges so I used a jar of grapefruit segments. Cookies taste awesome and just as good as the original recipe."

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marcia846 User ID: 3012173 123107
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Terrific Recipe!! Many compliments on the fine taste. Colorful.

Marcia"

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Santa O'Neill User ID: 4406277 148650
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"The dough was to thin, I needed to add more flour. It would be nice if the fruit was in cups rather than pounds. But the cookie was very good."

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CZACC User ID: 5713150 192992
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I have search for years for a cuccidati recipe that was not so difficult. This is it! The cookies are delish. I added semi-sweet choco chips to the filling as that is what I grew up with. Thanks for a great recipe. Even my mom was impressed!"

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anna dangelo User ID: 4649786 193260
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Dough was very hard to work will. Left dough overnight but still fall apart. Too much filling for dough. Looked terrible after cooking."

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madmoda User ID: 3907567 180386
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I'm confused.  Is the recipe at the top of the page your uncle's?  I tried the site you gave us, but it would not pull up.  Help!  Thanks, tomadonna@bellsouth.net"

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smfeldner User ID: 3400556 193259
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"You can find the recipe for Uncle Barbato’s Cuccidati here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Community/Uncle-Barbato-s-Cuccidati"

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teodora User ID: 5645061 192083
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Recipe was easy to make. Cookies turned out tender and I liked the fact that the filling stayed inside the cookie and did not overflow on the baking sheet. I would have liked them to be more flavorfull, I would ad orange zest to both the filling and the dough and maybe a bit of orange liquor or extract to the filling."

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tinklmom User ID: 4630273 175810
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Sorry I hit submit by mistake prematurely,I meant to search for it Uncle Barbato’s Cuccidati on search engine and it will find it for you on Taste of Home also if you can't find it here since there are so many posts behind it."

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tinklmom User ID: 4630273 108555
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This recipe is super! For those who want the other recipe its also on Taste of Home just search Uncle Barbato’s Cuccidati"

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Cinders8324 User ID: 5324759 189838
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Ok, I figured it out. Anyone wanting Nancianne's recipe from her Great Uncle Barbuto has to scroll down and find her name then click on it to bring up her page. From there, click on Uncle Barbuto's Cuccidati recipe. I look forward to trying this. Thanks Nancianne for your post ! Happy Holidays to all !"

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Cinders8324 User ID: 5324759 192081
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Great recipe but I would also like to try Nancianne

s recipe too. How can I obtain it? Not able to bring it up with the web address posted . Thanks !"

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cjbug User ID: 4542216 114576
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Nancianne, I too would love this recipe of your Uncles. How wonderful of you to share it! Thank you. If you could please email me at Cjtm514@aol.com it would be greatly appreciated...by all of my family I'm sure!"

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carjan2 User ID: 5061290 189835
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Delicious! But I will chill the dough much longer, perhaps 3 hours. It was too soft to handle the cutting and removing to the baking sheet. Perhaps I will cut down the amount of filling ingredient also."

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bringpeace User ID: 3688264 175809
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"I went to the site for nancianne's recipe and it said that the site could not be found. I would love the recipe for Christmas. Please send me the recipe for Uncle Barbato's cuccidati to bringpeace@comcast.net"

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joey2 User ID: 3915358 192991
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Hi Nancianne--I would love your great uncle's recipe-thanks in advance-joeyflesher@hotmail.com"

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jimmy james User ID: 5410496 130943
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"please email me your uncle's recipe. my email address is chriswiz333@yahoo.com Thank you"

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MarianneSkarshaug User ID: 3564356 123106
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Thank you so much for sharing this. I feel honored to have it.

I will be making these tomorrow.
Kind Regards,
Marianne 
 "

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nancianne. garofalo User ID: 5526809 175614
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Community/Uncle-Barbato-s-Cuccidati"

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nancianne. garofalo User ID: 5526809 180384
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Here is my uncle's Cuccidati recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Community/Uncle-Barbato-s-Cuccidati Enjoy."

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rnvc User ID: 1658706 114575
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Please send me your uncles recipe! rnvc@sbcglobal.net. ty Also do you have a recipe for pinulota/ It is a honey ball cookie and they are deep fried and stacked up. ty"

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lauralugviel User ID: 3345504 193257
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Haha, I am another one who wants your uncle's recipe also. Thanks for sharing. lauralugviel@yahoo.com"

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imdama User ID: 2086071 192939
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nacianne, could you please email me your uncle's recipe? Thank you imdama@roadrunner.com"

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DeniseWysong User ID: 4837202 123105
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"nancianne-I,too, would love to have your uncle's recipe. My contact is Denise11@kc.rr.com. Thank you!"

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ukiebelle User ID: 4588412 192937
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Could I also have your recipe? my e-mail is oherrman@earthlink.net

Thank you so much."

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giovannarosa User ID: 2718793 112247
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Please post your uncles recipe. We all want it."

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FrancesErickson User ID: 1379395 108554
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would love to have your recipe.  Thanking you in advance!!!   Merry Christmas

fpt13@aol.com     Frances from El Paso, Texas  
 "

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savanna2 User ID: 4801602 212051
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"nancianne garofalo

please forward your uncles recipe to me also. thank you for sharing and a merry Christmas to you and your family.
savana2000@windstream.net"

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emilysweet User ID: 4464262 175808
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, would you please send me your uncle's recipe also? Email is jackadam0828@yahoo.com. Thank you and happy holidays."

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MARTINJ User ID: 1335756 114574
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"NANCIANNE GAROFALO WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME YOUR UNCLES RECIPE?? JOMAR52@VERIZON.NET---THANK YOU & HAPPY HOLIDAYS"

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jillhatch User ID: 1192740 112230
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would love your uncle's recipe - nancianne.garofalo. hatchx2@yahoo.com - I am going to try this recipe this week. They sound very similar to a cookie my aunt used to make."

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Della921 User ID: 5455238 212050
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would love to have your Uncle's recipe if you would be kind enough to share it"

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dagmarv User ID: 1555313 192917
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"These are great but I would also like the uncles recipy. Send to dvena51@sympatico.ca"

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kookypie User ID: 2897277 112228
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This recipe is amazing! I would love to try your Uncle's recipe as well. susandaku@yahoo.ca thank you in advance!"

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shelton110 User ID: 2459621 192079
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I too would like to have your great uncle's recipe. Thanks. shelton110@aol.com"

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kydebgal User ID: 1405831 112226
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, I would love to have your uncle's recipe. My email is kyrun4roses@yahoo.com"

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Myrrhee User ID: 199834 112218
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Would like your great Uncle's recipe!!! My email is blimy28398@mypacks.net. The above recipe is getting closer to my husband's family's Cuccidati, but no one is left still making them...so no recipe. Would greatly appreciate Uncle's recipe. Thanks!"

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Nalene User ID: 1082306 175807
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would also like your great Uncle's recipe. If you are emailing it, you can send it to nalenev@yahoo.com. Or let me know where you posted it. Thank you so much for sharing."

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TILLY TOOTLES User ID: 5656336 112217
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Loved this recipe - I would love to have the recipe for these cookies from nancianne's uncle. please have her email it too me."

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Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 189832
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Wonderful recipe.

Please, if you offer something in your post, have the courtesy to come back and check if somebody is asking for what you offered."

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MarianneSkarshaug User ID: 3564356 148649
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, May I please have your recipe that you mentioned ? My e-mail is mmskars@gmail.com. Thank you !"

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katherina@heartfab.ca User ID: 4339963 175806
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I'd like to try your recipe, too, Nancianne. thanks"

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MarianneSkarshaug User ID: 3564356 180381
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I like this recipe but will continue to search for one better"

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Hopefinds User ID: 4023933 192916
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, I, too would love to have your great uncles recipe! Thanks for your generous offer.Are you posting on line or here is my email cheesecakelovers@sympatico.ca.

Thanks"

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ChefPauli@aol.com User ID: 3001799 112201
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would love to have your uncle's recipe. Thank you for telling us about it."

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gouldleslie User ID: 936416 192915
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"You are so generous to share your family recipe.  I think the older that we get the more that we appreciate the old family traditions and tastes of the past.  Also our tastes revert to the fruits and nuts and not so much to the gumdrops and such.  I have grown to enjoy fruitcake and mincemeat but can assure you that I would not have when younger,  Anyone got a good mincemeat recipe?"

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ladylove8863 User ID: 4741817 189829
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would really love to have nancianne's uncles cuccidat recipe, would you mind sharing.  Thank you so very much.  Totally appreciative  Please send to ladylove8863@yahoo.com."

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tamaradutton User ID: 4653244 114571
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would also love to have your Uncle's recipe. Will you be posting it or possibly sending it some other way? Thanks so much."

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sbellina User ID: 5071602 123104
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I make these every year and the demand is high. in the filling I use 1 orange. I also use crushed pineapple (about 1 cup would work with this recipe), nutmeg (to taste) and instead of water I use strong coffee (or whiskey if you desire). Hope everyone tries these cookies. They are the best."

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cramptonjw User ID: 4312130 123103
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I too would like your Uncle's recipe. Thank you for offering."

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pingster User ID: 1927861 121341
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I have a recipe for these cookies that was handed down to me from my Italian grandmother...they are the best"

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khillerman User ID: 3570078 108548
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would love to have your uncle's recipe too!"

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startrek1k@aol.com User ID: 2662203 148648
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"You can't tease us like that Nancianne.garofalo! Please post your recipe!"

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tcmaryf User ID: 4346209 192076
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nacianne, I would love to have your uncle's recipe. I lost my family recipe and have been searching for more similar one. Filling had many more things in it so sounds like your uncle's. Thnx"

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cgray User ID: 3687563 121339
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, I too would love to have your great Uncle's recipe for the Cuccidati's."

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cook4therapy User ID: 2691172 175805
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Nancianne, I, too would love to have your great uncles recipe! Thanks for your generous offer."

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leeandjackie User ID: 1632454 193253
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"To: Nancianne.garofalo I would really love to have your great uncle's recipe"

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nancianne. garofalo User ID: 5526809 189828
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This recipe is excellent, but I have to say that mine are better...my great uncle was a famous baker in our area about 100 years ago... I would be happy tp pass along his recipe if you want it. It does have 12 different ingredients for the filling and I've never tasted a better Cuccidati...and I've tried it in the finest pastry shops and restaurants."

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postalpattie User ID: 4160373 130942
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"When I saw the recipe in my magazine, I let out a scream! I have been looking for this recipe for 30+ years. A customer used to make them for me but she passed and I never got the recipe or how to spell it. I made it right away. It tasted as wonderful as I remembered it. Thank you so much, it was worth the wait."

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