A little late, but I wanted to post a picture of my cucidati, which are Italian fig cookies.
I enjoy researching Italian recipes and cooking traditions, especially around the holidays. I keep a folder of recipes I come across and go through it periodically to see what I can make. The filling of these cookies is full of figs, spices and orange zest. The recipe called for raisins, which I think I will leave out next time. It definitely takes time to make these, but I made the filling a day before to make it a bit easier.
I used my favorite baking tool when making these cookies -- a rolling pin made by my brother. We have his turned bowls and vases all over the house.