Sicilian Fruit Cookies

Recipe Summary

Recipe Servings: 24 portions
Recipe Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Cook Time: 18 minutes


1/3 cup Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup semolina flour
Pinch sea salt
Pinch ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup golden raisins


Place the oil, syrup, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whip with a hand mixer until creamy.

Mix together flours, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, almonds, pine nuts, and raisins to form a soft dough.

Form the dough into a 3-inch-thick log. It will be long. Wrap it in plastic and chill for 15 minutes before proceeding.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unwrap the chilled dough and using a wet knife, slice the log into ½-inch-thick slices. Lay the cookies on the baking sheets, leaving some room for them to spread. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven while they are still soft and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely before storing.


Christina Pirello, is the Emmy Award winning chef/host of the national public television series, ‘Christina Cooks.’ The pivotal point in her life came at age 26, after being diagnosed with terminal leukemia. She decided to forgo conventional medical therapies and turned to a nutritional approach - whole foods - and cured herself. For the last twenty years, Christina has been teaching cooking classes, conducting lifestyle seminars and lecturing on the power of whole, natural food in our lives.