Here are my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo 12 Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
• Eight cuccidati from DiCamillo, Louie's, Panaro's and Muscoreil's
I’m Italian, so it’s hard to pick the best Christmas cookie, with pizzelles to biscotti, tarali to giuggiulena, or a pyramid of honey-drizzled struffoli to choose from.
Yet the cuccidati – Sicilian cookies stuffed with figs and nuts, drizzled with frosting – stands alone. My mother makes the best (secretly mixing in sangria), but there are some local contenders. My wife, Casey, adores cuccidati and her favorite are from DiCamillo Bakery ($4.99/container), whose large cuccidati are filled with an almost chocolaty mix of figs.
We also love the spicier, smaller cuccidati at Muscoreil’s Bakery ($22.99/lb.), Louie's Deli ($16.99/lb.) and Panaro's ($14.50/lb.).
DiCamillo Bakery (various)
Muscoreil's Fine Desserts & Gourmet Cakes, 3960 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
Louie's Deli & Imports, 8226 Main St., Amherst
Panaro's, 571 Delaware Ave.