Sicilian Fruit Filled Cookies

Sicilian Fruit Filled Cookies

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Cookie Dough:

  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 ½ C flour, sifted
  • ⅓ tsp. salt
  • ½ C Pioneer® Sugar
  • ¾ C shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ C water, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 3 C dry figs, ground
  • 1 ½ C raisins, ground
  • 1 ¼ C water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tsp. orange zest
  • 6 oz. honey or orange marmalade
  • 1 C almonds, roasted and chopped


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. milk


  1. In a large bowl, combine baking powder, flour, salt, Pioneer® Sugar and shortening. Blend by rubbing mixture between palms of hands until texture is fine. Make a well in the center. Add beaten eggs, water, and vanilla. Blend and knead until smooth. Let stand covered for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling:

  1. Remove stems from figs. Cut up into small pieces and grind. Place figs, raisins and water in large saucepan on low heat. Cook five minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and add zest, honey and almonds. Let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  3. Divide dough into two parts. Roll out ⅛-inch thick and cut into 3 ½-inch squares. Fill centers with two teaspoons of filling. Fold and press edges. Press to form horseshoe shapes. Folded edges should be on top. Flatten top slightly. You may top lightly with a blade to create a textured look.
  4. Beat egg white with milk and brush tops. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. When baked, sprinkle with Pioneer® Confectioners Powdered Sugar if desired.
**From the Kitchen of: Mary Burak, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.
Sicilian Fruit Filled Cookies
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