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


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


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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14 Responses to “Blueberry Pie Bars”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I just love blueberries and your bars look simply incredible!!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — August 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    These bars are so awesome!! Gorgeous!

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    Shannon — August 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

    holy cow these look fabulous! i need more blueberries in my life, and quick- i’m already onto peaches so hoping i didn’t miss out 🙂

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    Lynna — August 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

    These pie bars look amazing! I`m wishing I had blueberries right now!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love pie bars!! They look so delicious 🙂 I am loving this recipe!

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    Laura — August 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Yum these are gorgeous. Love the changes you made.

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    suzy — September 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Tried it, tasted awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — September 26th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Lauren — October 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Made these and my family ate them in one day! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — October 6th, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed these. I have made them a couple times with different fruits and they’re always a hit.

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    Robin — April 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Made these this past weekend using blueberries and blackberries in equal parts. I love the ease of the crumb crust and top. The only thing I will change when I make them again will be to add lemon juice and zest to the filling. I like the tartness of lemon with blueberries. Will make these with peaches when they are in season. Easy and tasty…thanks!

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      I’ve made these with peaches and they’re delicious – definitely do that this summer.

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    Eugenie — July 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Tried these today because I needed to clear out some frozen blueberries. Used a small rectangle Pyrex dish instead, which worked fine. Added a bit of fresh grated nutmeg. Cut into 12 squares and served with ice cream. This is a keeper!

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

      Love fresh nutmeg! Sounds great.

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