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.

Print Save

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

    Pin It

15 Responses to “Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. #
    1
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love blueberries in pancakes and waffles. They’ve gotta be good in cinnamon rolls too!

  2. #
    2
    Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life — August 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Yum! I have always wanted to make my own cinnamon rolls but have always been a tad nervous about he process!!! These look amazing with the blueberries!!

    P.S. I found your blog today when you posted that you were from Boston on Tina’s blog! I am from just outside of Boston too!

  3. #
    3
    nicole — September 1, 2011 at 3:41 am

    these look amazing. I love cinnamon rolls, and this combo sounds great!

  4. #
    4
    Kelly Delafield — October 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Can you tell me how to make the frosting?

  5. #
    5
    Maureen — April 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I love the blueberry, I tried swapping them with raspberries and they were just as good if not better. Love the base recipe.

  6. #
    6
    Aimee — July 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I made these today cheating with crescent roll dough. They were amazing!

  7. #
    7
    cindy chisholm — February 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Da bomb! Brilliant, as well as yummy:)
    Thank you! I will make an impression at brunch tomorrow..lol

  8. #
    8
    Robin — April 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Made these for Easter breakfast (blueberry cinnamon rolls, hardboiled eggs, and thick sliced ham slices). What a delicious treat! I don’t know if I’ll ever go back “regular” cinnamon rolls again! I cut the recipe in half. Perfect amount for my husband, myself, and 3 teenaged boys. Honestly, I can’t say enough about this recipe. These rolls are worth every minute spent making them. To avoid having to get up so early, I saved the second rise for the morning. After slicing the rolls and placing them in the greased pan, I covered them tightly with plastic wrap and placed them in the fridge overnight. I took them out of the fridge and let them set at room temperature to rise for about an hour before placing them in the oven. They were perfect! Thanks so much!

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!! I’ve done the second rise the next morning as well.

  9. #
    9
    Robin — April 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Forgot to mention that a step was left out of the recipe: it never tells you to sprinkle the rolled out dough with sugar and cinnamon mixture (& 2 T flour?).

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out. I updated the recipe to reflect this.

  10. #
    10
    Karina — June 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hi there – I was wondering if this dough would be okay to freeze? I’m a novice when it comes to anything baking related!

  11. #
    11
    Glennis — July 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I found that the cinnamon was over powering. I will add 3 tsp next time 4 Tablespoons was way to much.

  12. #
    12
    Diane — July 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Is there any kneading involved???

Leave a Comment