These Cucidati are traditional Sicilian celebration cookies. Holidays, Weddings, Births, Baptisms, and yes even after a funeral. These cookies appear as if by magic and disappear in the same way! A lot like a Fig Newton but this ain’t your mama’s store bought cookie. And even if you’re a fig newton hater, you’ll love these!
During the holidays my grandmother and her sisters and cousins would gather at a particular house and prepare cookies for their families. That chosen kitchen smelled like heaven and at the end of the baking there were enough cookies for it seemed like the world. Each lady left with enough cookies for her family and friends and even a gift or two. (If you had been the mailman on my granny’s route, you lived for the day the cookies were delivered to the mailbox!)
In those days, prior to food processors, the men got into the act grinding the fig mixture and cracking and chopping pecans, then they were asked to help mix the fig mixture at bit as it was quite a stiff mixture and arm strength was mandatory. Now with food processors its a bit easier but its fun to make this a family project!