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    Italian Christmas Cookies (Filled)

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    AdeleProvence's Note:

    These are cookies my grandmother used to make for Christmas every year. We always filled them with pre-made mincemeat or the filling in the recipe, but she has down two others in the recipe as well - ground raisins with cinnamon, cloves and sugar/orange juice/sweet wine, and almond paste with brown sugar and rum flavoring (meant to be sweet). Be creative with the frosting colors and sprinkles - that was the only part I was allowed to help with and we always tried to make them as "pretty" as possible.

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    Serves: 24



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Sift together flours and salt.
    2. 2
      Cut shortening into flour mixture.
    3. 3
      Melt 1/2 + 1/3 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water and pour into flour mixture and mix.
    4. 4
      Roll out and cut into circles the size of a large can like fruit comes in, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
    5. 5
      Make the filling by mixing together nuts, 2 tbsp sugar, and raisins.
    6. 6
      Place a tablespoonful of filling on one side of each circle.
    7. 7
      Wet the edges of the circle, fold over (should look like a half moon), and seal with a fork.
    8. 8
      Prick the top of all assembled cookies with a fork to vent.
    9. 9
      Bake at 400F for 7-10 minutes, until just turning golden.
    10. 10
      Let cool.
    11. 11
      Dust lightly with powdered sugar or make frosting by mixing 1 tbsp water, powdered sugar, and vanilla. If desired, frosting may be tinted with food coloring and sprinkles may be put on cookies immediately after frosting.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 09, 2011


      My own mom used to make cookies like this, though I was always frustrated with her 'recipes' that called for a teacup of this & a smidgen of that! Still, she was a great cook! I followed your recipe right on down, although I didn't frost these little gems! They are absolutely some of the best tasting cookies I've ever had, & these were included in a huge neighborhood cookie exchange! I look forward to making these (using mincemeat) during the end-of-year holidays! Many thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Christmas Cookies (Filled)

    Serving Size: 1 (53 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 200.6
    Calories from Fat 80
    Total Fat 8.9 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 13.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 9.9 g
    Protein 2.3 g

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