Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: X Cookies

October 1, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in BWJ, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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X cookies

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.

X cookies

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!


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  1. I didn’t think my husband would like these as they weren’t very sweet but he loved them. I really like your idea of using Grand Marnier, I would definitely try that if I make them again.

  2. I just baked up some cookies that I had in the freezer for over a year. They turned out great! I was surprised at how many people liked these! I found them to be a bit tasteless for all that went into these. I’ll have to bake up the rest that are in the freezer and give them another chance. I like your photos. 🙂

  3. I liked the fact that they were not too sweet. I mad half a batch though – a full batch would have been too many.

  4. Ooh vanilla ice cream, now you’re talking! 😀

  5. I liked them a lot. I didn’t even think to dip in my coffee!! Hmm…next time! Great pics of your cookies!!

  6. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that eats things that have been in the freezer for years! I’m working on cleaning out my freezer now, and I’ve been finding all kinds of things that I don’t even remember making.

  7. This is perfect with hot coffee and warm milk.

  8. Am I the only one who sees chromosomes? 😀

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