Homemade Fig Newtons

Sticking with the theme of the week, I made some Fig Newtons. I’m sure they’re still loaded with sugar and all sorts of crap, but by not being coated in a layer of chocolate, they always seemed like the healthy alternative. I was kind of a weird kid and actually loved Fig Newtons growing up.

The dough for these cookies is very good. When they first come out of the oven, they’re a bit crispy, but the next day they’re nice and soft. I felt that my cookies were a bit doughy and I would have liked the figgy filling to shine a bit more. If I made these again, I’d make less dough for the same amount of filling. I’ve those thoughts in the recipe below. If anyone makes these, let me know what you think of the ratio.

When I was buying the figs, I asked the employee at Trader Joe’s what the difference between the black and green ones was (I didn’t even know there were different colors of figs until then!). He told me the black ones were sweeter. I had no idea which would be better for this recipe, so I used 1 lb of green and 1 lb of black figs. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

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Fig Newtons

Yield: ~40

Ingredients:

For the Dough
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest
1 large egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling
2 lbs fresh figs
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of half a lemon

Directions:

Make the dough
Cream together the butter, sugar and zest in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape down the bowl and paddle.

Add the egg white and vanilla and beat in. Scrape down the bowl and paddle again.

Add the flour and beat on low speed until the dough comes together.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Make the filling
Cut the figs in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. In a medium sauce pan, combine figs, sugar, and lemon juice. Mash mixture a few times with a potato masher or fork.

Cook mixture over medium-high heat until bubbling and sugar has dissolved; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, until it has reduced by about one-third and is beginning to gel. Set aside until completely cool.

Assemble the Fig Newtons
Place racks in middle and lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12 x 16 rectangle. Cut into 4 equal strips, each 12 x 4 inches. Spoon a line of filling down the center of each strip. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together. Using a serrated knife, slice each log on the diagonal into 10 cookies. Place each cookie on the parchment-lined baking sheets, seam side down.

Bake, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.

Dough Recipe from The Boastful Baker
Filling Recipe from Big City, Little Kitchen

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16 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bars”

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    oneordinaryday — September 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I guess they would be hard to bite into, but if you made them thinner you wouldn’t have such a beautiful swirl of blueberry in there. They look fabulous.

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    Jade — September 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Those look amazing! Totally on my list!

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    Mimi — September 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    These look delicious. I love lemon and blueberries.
    Mimi

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    nutmegnanny — September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    These look great! Maybe a little thinner would be better but either way they must have tasted fantastic!

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    Ingrid — September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Yum, I think your idea of a cheesecake ice cream brillant. I agree those swirls are gorgeous!
    ~ingrid

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    stephchows — September 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    mmmmm i’d love to have a batch of those sitting in front of me right now!

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    Melissa — September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These are too pretty to eat! I love the blueberry/lemon combo.

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    Joelen — September 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    These look outstanding! I love the swirls and the combo of lemon and blueberry is always a winner!

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    Colleen — September 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Looks delicious! Gorgeous photos.

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    SugarCooking — September 19, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Those look great! What a beautiful photo!

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    eliza — September 19, 2009 at 2:09 am

    very nice! look just exactly like the ones in the magazine!

    eliza
    http://fooddiary.blogsome.com

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    Stephanie Wagner — September 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

    These are amazing! I didn’t know they were dairy free… We just found our little nephew is allergic to dairy, I’ll have to make these for him.

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    Joudie's Mood Food — August 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This looks ……… WOW!!!!

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    offmotorway — September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    What a great idea! One of the best looking desserts I’ve seen in a long time – irresistable!

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