Saturday, July 20 2024

This traditional recipe combines the natural sweetness of figs with the lively, citrus notes of orange, resulting in a truly irresistible treat.

Perfect for any occasion, these cookies will transport your taste buds to the sunny orchards of the Mediterranean.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or as a sweet conclusion to a meal, these Italian treats are bound to become a favorite.




The cookies can be stored for several weeks when kept in a dry location.
Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies
Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Baking Time: 25 minutes per batch
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel




  • Preheat oven to 320 F.
  • Place almond paste, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form.


  • Add preserves and 1 egg white at a time, pulsing after each addition to combine.



  • Transfer almond mixture to a large bowl; fold in figs and orange peel (dough will be sticky).

  • Place remaining sugars in separate shallow bowls. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough into sugar.


  • Gently coat and shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Repeat in confectioners’ sugar.


  • Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  • Bake 24-28 minutes or until tops are cracked and bottoms are golden brown.

  • Remove to wire racks to cool.


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