Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: X CookiesOctober 1, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
Tags: baking, choux, dessert
Finally–Nick Malgieri’s X Cookies! I’ve had a little hunk of pasta frolla in the freezer waiting for these guys ever since we made pizza rustica. What’s that you say? That means it’s been in the freezer for almost a year and a half? Details, details…
X cookies are a take on a traditional Sicilian cookie called cucidati…a sweet dough filled with a paste of dried figs, raisins, orange, nuts, rum, spices, etc. Think of a more grown-up Fig Newton and you’re on the right track. Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of darkly flavored dried fruit and spice stuff like this. I probably would have skipped this recipe, but the process looked fun, and my husband’s half Sicilian, so I thought he might like them. Of course I tried them, too. And while they aren’t my favorite (although, as predicted, my husband likes them quite a lot), I can see their appeal when dunked in hot coffee or eaten with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The instructions for forming the Xs were very clear. It could have been a long process if I’d made a full batch, but I sure don’t need five dozen of them hanging around. I did just a quarter batch for fifteen cookies. I didn’t have any dried orange peel, so I improvised by using Grand Marnier instead of rum.
We’re going without hosts now for TWD, so for the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. It’s also here, and there’s even a video of Nick and Julia making the cookies together. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!