The dough - 10 cups of flour, plus sugar, lard, eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, baking powder.
The filling was done yesterday. Put all the fruit and nuts through a meat grinder and added the other ingredients along with some Jim Beam and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.
Roll out the dough and put in a row of filling
Fold the dough over the filling and cut off the dough
Cutting the cuccidati and then score them (see photo below)
Just out of the oven
Frost the cookies with confectioners' sugar and lemon/water frosting
Put on some red and green sugar (traditionally you use colored sprinkles (nonpareils) but I improvised and made colored sugar.
On the plate
Yummie - MUCH better than a fig newton.
Albert and David were the first to try the cuccidati and gave thumbs up.
Time to go out for some fresh air
Benni enjoying a stick
Leon's favorite piece of machinery (sarcasm).
No this is not a strand of DNA. Oh, the holidays.
By the way - DADT is finally history. Finally Obama keeps a promise. Another step toward equality.