Mouthwatering Italian Fig Cookies Homemade Recipe











Embrace the flavors of the Mediterranean with these homemade Italian Fig Cookies, a perfect treat for any occasion. This easy recipe promises delightful bites, packed with the sweetness of figs and a hint of citrus, all wrapped up in a buttery, flaky pastry.


Step 1: Prepare the Dough

Begin your Italian Fig Cookie adventure by combining the dry ingredients. In your food processor, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt. Pulse them until they're perfectly blended. If you see any ingredients sticking to the sides, just give them a gentle nudge with a spatula so everything gets well mixed.
Pro Tip: Keep the butter cold until it's time to use it; this makes for a flakier dough.

Step 2: Incorporate Wet Ingredients

The next step is to add the chilled butter into your dry mix. Continue pulsing until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate this into your food processor, mixing until just blended. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently into a unified ball. Allow the dough to rest a bit; this is the perfect pause for prepping the filling.
Pro Tip: Don’t overwork the dough to keep the cookies tender.

Step 3: Make the Filling

Clean your food processor for the filling. Add the almonds and dried figs, pulsing until they're coarsely chopped. Mix in the apricot preserves and orange juice until it becomes a thick, jam-like consistency. The rich smell of figs combined with the tangy apricot is truly a preview of the delicious cookies you're about to bake.
Pro Tip: Chop the figs and almonds separately for a more even mix.

Step 4: Shape the Cookies

Divide your rested dough into 6-8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten each one into a strip about 1-inch wide and 1/4-inch thick. Spoon a narrow line of the fig filling down the center, then fold the dough over the filling, pinching the edges to seal. Gently roll each filled piece to smooth it out, then cut into bite-sized cookies.
Pro Tip: Keep the filling centered for a beautiful cross-section in every bite.

Step 5: Bake and Glaze

Preheat your oven to 350°F and arrange the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. These little beauties don't spread much, so you can place them quite close together. Bake for about 14 minutes or until they turn a lovely light golden color. While they cool, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and a bit more vanilla to make a glaze. Drizzle the cooled cookies with glaze, sprinkle with nonpareils, and give them a quick chill to set everything in place.
Pro Tip: The glaze sets quickly, so decorate in small batches.