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How to make Italian fig and almond cookies

The decadent Italian fig and almond cookies. With citrus from fresh orange juice and lemon zest, the unique and richly spiced filling is wrapped inside a buttery sugar cookie dough that’s a dream to work with.

Baked in strips then sliced into individual cookies when warm from the oven, this method couldn’t be easier.

Once cooled the cookies are drizzled with a lemon glaze and traditional holiday nonpareils (sprinkles.)



  • 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.

egg in a bowl flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder and salt being mixed

Place flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor; pulse until blended.

Add butter; pulse until crumbly.

butter added to dough

While pulsing, add egg mixture just until combined.

Divide dough in half.

dough added with egg dough in a bowl

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.

fig and almonds grinded fig and almonds

Add preserves and juice; pulse until combined.

Preheat oven to 350°.

flattened dough

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.

dough strips dough strips being added with fig and almond fillings

Spread about 2 tablespoons filling down center of each strip.

Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal.

dough strips raw fig and almond cookies

Roll each gently to shape into a log; cut crosswise into 1-in. pieces.

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

fig and almond cookies fig and almond cookies

Bake until light brown, 10-12 minutes.

Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

fig and almond cookies in a plate fig and almond cookies

In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth.

Drizzle over cookies.

Let stand until set.

Your fig and almond cookies is now ready to be served!

fig and almond cookies

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  • Reply
    12/10/2020 at 3:38 pm

    Hi , I need the recipe for the almond cookies . thanks , diana

  • Reply
    MaryAnn Altobelli
    12/23/2020 at 1:13 am

    Love all the recipes!!! Brings back memories of my nonnie’s kitchen.😎❤️

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    Mary Ann
    02/19/2021 at 6:44 pm

    Love everything you make my Mom used do all you show she was the best

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