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Homemade Fig Newtons

Sweet and deceptively healthy, these fig newtons will have you coming back for more!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • tbsp honey or dark corn syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange or lemon zest
  • 1 large whole egg + 1 large egg yolk

FOR THE FILLING (if making your Own):

  • 12 oz. dried black mission figs
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Caradmom
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

MAKE THE DOUGH:

  1. In a medium size bowl, add the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir with a wire whisk to combine.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the butter, brown sugar, honey (or dark corn syrup), vanilla and orange/lemon zest and beat on medium high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy - 2-3 minutes.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the whole egg. Beat on medium high speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg yolk and beat on medium high speed for another minute.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until combined. Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dump the dough into the center. Dampen your hands with water to prevent sticking and press the dough into an oval that's about 8 inches long. Fold the plastic wrap over the dough to cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

MAKE THE FILLING:

  1. If the figs have stems, remove them. Add the figs, grapefruit juice and water to a saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit until cooled to room temperature. (You can also allow the figs to sit overnight in the cooking liquid, covered in the refrigerator.)
  2. Drain the figs from their liquid and dump into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and pulse until smooth.

BAKE THE FIG COOKIES:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a piece of parchment on your work surface and dust with a liberal amount of flour. Roll the dough into a rectangle that's about 11 inches long by 13 inches wide, and ¼ inch thick. Trim the edges so that you have a clean rectangle shape. Then, use a ruler to cut strips that are 3½ inches wide.
  3. Add the fig filling to a pastry bag or a ziplock bag, and cut off about ½ inch of the tip. Pipe the fig filling down the center of each strip of dough. The filling will be about 1 inch wide and ½ inch thick.
  4. Fold one of the long sides of dough up and over the filling, brush with egg wash, then fold the other long side of dough up and over the filling, making sure to overlap the edges about ¼ of an inch. Press the long seam gently with your fingers to seal and gently lift each log onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Press the ends to seal those too.
  5. Chill or freeze for at least 10 minutes, to firm the dough. Use a sharp knife to trim each bar into several 1" long cookies. Chill again, for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn cookies over, seam-side down, and brush with egg wash.
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the dough is set and slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  8. Store Homemade Fig Newtons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.