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Italian Holiday Traditions

Cuccidati or Buccellati

Cuccidati – Italian Fig Cookies

Cuccidati Siciliani, also spelled as “cucciddati” are typical Italian Fig Cookies from Sicily that are made during Christmas time and big holidays. Shortbread pastry dough stuffed with soft, fragrant mix of dried figs, nuts, chocolate, candied fruit and a hint of cinnamon is what makes cuccidati cookies unforgettable from the first bite. Cuccidati Origin Speaking …

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Pignolata - Italian Fried Honey Balls {Recipe}

Pignolata – Italian Fried Honey Balls

Pignolata is one of the most simple and delicious treats typical for Christmas and Carnival season. These slightly crunchy fried dough balls coated with honey and lemon zest they are simple irresistible. Depending in the region, you might also know them by the name Struffoli (Napoli, Campagnia), Cicerchiata (Abruzzo, Marche, Molise), Sannacchiudere (Taranto, Apulia) and …

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Homemade Italian Mini Panettone {Recipe}

Christmas Mini Panettone

You can literally find no Italian family who doesn’t have Panettone for Christmas. Soft, fluffy, full of winter flavors it’s one of those iconic Italian foods that is a MUST try. Now, to be perfectly honest, it’s almost impossible to get the same results with huge panettone in your own kitchen, mainly due to temperature …

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