Cucidati (Fruit-and-Chocolate-filled Cookie Rolls)

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“Italian fruit and chocolate filled cookies (Bon Appetit March 1984).”
1hr 15mins
36 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For Filling: Coarsely chop chocolate in processor or food grinder.
  2. Add all dried fruit and orange peel and chop finely.
  3. Blend in honey and spices.
  4. Refrigerate in airtight container 2 hours (can be stored up to 2 weeks).
  5. For pastry: Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.
  6. Beat in egg and lemon peel.
  7. Mix in flour and baking powder until smooth dough forms.
  8. Wrap with plastic.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Divide pastry and filling into thirds.
  12. Roll one portion of pastry out on lightly floured surface to 3 x 13-inch strip.
  13. Trim edges.
  14. Form one portion of filling into 13-inch rope.
  15. Arrange on top of pastry 1 inch from long edge.
  16. Fold far edge of pastry over filling.
  17. Brush with water and fold up near edge to enclose filing.
  18. Pinch edges to seal.
  19. Cut pastry diagonally into 1-inch pieces.
  20. Arrange seam side down on ungreased baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
  21. Repeat with remaining dough.
  22. Bake until cookies are golden, about 14 minutes.
  23. Cool completely on racks.
  24. Store cookies in airtight container.
  25. Glaceed Orange Peel: Score oranges into quarters, remove peel with any white pith that clings to it.
  26. (Reserve oranges for another use.) Cut peel into 1/8 inch wide strips.
  27. Boil with 6 cups water in heavy large saucepan 10 minutes.
  28. Drain.
  29. Repeat with 6 cups fresh water.
  30. Drain well.
  31. Combine 1 1/4 cups water, sugar and honey in same saucepan.
  32. Heat over low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
  33. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  34. Mix in peel.
  35. Boil gently until peel is tender and syrup in reduced to 3/4 cup, stirring frequently, about 40 minutes.
  36. Cool in colander, stirring occasionally.
  37. Store in airtight container (can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks).

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