Fig Newtons

Figs
I love figs.  Figs are definitely one of those fruits you either love or hate.  They are only around a few times a year and there is nothing like a perfectly ripe fig.  Not sure what motivated me but I felt the need to make something with figs.  I figured I'd try making homemade fig newtons.  I loved those cookies growing up.  I think I read somewhere that they are the most fattening cookie on the market.  Yikes. 

I found a recipe on Food52.  Here is my version.

Cookie Dough:

5 Tbsp. melted butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  MIx together the dry ingredients separately and add to the wet.  The dough is a little crumbly but sticks together.  Put in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill.

Filling:

1 lb. figs chopped

3/4 cup light brown sugar

zest of one orange

Bring to a boil and then down to simmer for about an hour.  It gets mushy and sticky.  If it is too chunky use a potato mashed to cut up.  Let cool. 

Preheat oven to 375. 

Cut the dough in half.  Take the first half an roll it out into a huge square.  This is the hardest part of the recipe.  I rolled the dough out into a square and then made 3 long strips and then cut them so they were rectangle.  I then cut off a small rectangular square which should just be enough that if you folded the piece over it would resemble the size of your cookie.  I put a small dollop of the fig mixture on one side, in the middle, and then I folded the top over and pressed the edges to resemble a fig newton.  They were all shapes and sizes and definitely looked homemade but that's how you learn. 

Put them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for about 10 minutes or until browned. 

Put them on a plate and repeat the process with the other dough. 

They taste yummy… a bit of a different treat and they taste just like fig newtons except the crust doesn't have that chewy thing going that they do from the store bought.