I believe the fig bar recipe has been the all time favorite everyday cookie for my entire family throughout my whole life. When I got in my teenage years, Mom would occasionally purchase fig cookies from the grocery store. We rarely had any purchased cookies back then but I remember them as being so delicious; so soft, moist and flavorful.
These were the favorite of both Mom and Dad. Besides tasting good, Mom would comment on the healthy side of them. Due to the fruity fig filling with its own natural sweetness, less sugar was added to the recipe. Figs and cheese together makes a very healthy snack and the flavor of fig bread is unbelievable.
After I got older and married, my husband would occasionally buy fig
cookies when he stopped at the convenient stores for gas. He and the
children loved the flavor. The fig bar recipe is so popular that Fig
Newton’s have their own national holiday on January 16 of each year. How
Ironic! This was my dad’s favorite cookie and January 16 was my dad’s
Even though everyone seems to favor the fig bar recipe over other store bought cookies, you will love the following homemade cookies even better.
FIG BAR RECIPE
Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until well blended. Mix in the flour, salt and lemon peel until blended and smooth. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
In a heavy skillet, toast the walnuts and almonds over medium heat stirring occasionally for ten minutes. Stir in the figs, wine sugar, honey and orange peel. Cook until it is a dry paste. Spoon into a bowl, cover and chill.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Roll half of the dough out on a floured board to 7”by 13”. Spread half of the filling lengthwise down the center of the rectangle leaving 1 inch at the top and 1 inch at the bottom. Fold the sides over and pinch to seal all edges. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Repeat process with other half of dough and filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces. Cook and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
The fig was one of the oldest fruits recognized by man; the fig tree was often mentioned in the Bible. Figs are grown and known to be a mainstay of the Mediterranean area; having much dietary and medicinal value. They were often fed to people recovering from long illnesses. Although fig cookies were a favorite of my family, fresh figs were not readily available. Once fresh figs are picked they deteriorate quickly. A friend in Ecuador invited me for lunch one day and she served as dessert fresh figs in wine with cheese. It was extremely delicious!
FIGS AND CHEESE
Prick each fig several times with a fork.
Combine figs, wine and thyme in a medium bowl; cover and let stand at room temperature for 48 hours.
Add honey and stir well.
To serve spoon figs on individual dessert dishes and place slice of cheese on plate.
If desired, serve a dollop of whipped cream on fig and garnish with chopped mint.
FIG BREAD RECIPE
If you like the fig bar recipe you will also like this fig bread recipe; the flavor of figs makes it delicious.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy; add eggs beating after each.
Sift together the sifted flour, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix until well blended.
Add figs and beat until blended; stir in nuts.
Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour.