Grandma’s Italian Fig Cookies


1 pound figs
1 cup of bing cherries
1 cup of currants
1 cup of walnuts
½ cup of jam
½ cup of honey
1 t vanilla
2 T cocoa
1½ t of cinnamon
½ t fresh ground nutmeg
2 t. grated fresh citrus peel

1 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
4 T milk
1 T and 1 t. spoon of baking powder
4 ½ to 5 cups of flour


For filling, soak first 3 ingredients in 1 cup of red wine and 1/3 cup of bourbon till soft. Drain liquid. Place all ingredients in food processor and process to thick paste. Coffee may be substituted for alcohol.

For dough, roll dough into 4″ wide strips. Place filling down center of dough. Fold dough over filling and pinch together. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle w/candy jimmies or leave plain and frost later.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.