Fig Newtons

Today we’re making homemade fig newtons that will redefine what fig newtons should taste like. In one of my recent blog posts, I shared about the time I dug up my friend’s fig plant from her yard. I did that while attending her house-warming party. If you’re curious about that story, you can find it here. That was many years ago, and now that little plant is a huge fig tree that I treasure. Come late Summer, the tree is loaded with delectable figs that I use to make many wonderful treats.

One of my favorite things to make with the figs is fig preserves. Every year I send many jars to my siblings and other relatives to enjoy. At some point in Fall, I end up making these yummy fig newtons to share with my friends. This year is no exception. You can also substitute strawberry fig preserves as a filling.

One little warning before you start. This dough can be a little difficult to work with. It has a tendency to stick to the rolling pin, so generously flour your working surface to keep the dough from sticking. Although these fig newtons may not look perfect, or store-bought, I promise that their taste will not disappoint!



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Fig Newtons
fig strawberry newtons
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
fig strawberry newtons
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, using an electric mixer. Add both sugars and mix until creamy.
    fig newtons
  2. Add egg, vanilla, and lemon zest. Mix until blended.
  3. Add flour, cinnamon, cardamom, and baking powder to the same bowl and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Divide the dough into fourths using a pastry scraper, which happens to be one of my favorite kitchen gadgets! Cover the plate with plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
    fig newtons
  5. Remove one piece of dough from the fridge at a time. Using a well floured surface, roll out the dough into a 7" x 10" rectangle, then slice down the middle to make two 3.5" x 10" rectangles. Add approximately three to four tablespoons of preserves down the center of the dough.
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  6. Using the pastry cutter, carefully lift one side of the dough at a time and fold over the preserves. If you prefer, you can first cut the dough into two 3.5" x 5" pieces, which will make it easier to work with.
  7. If you haven't cut the log in two yet, do so now, and flip it over onto a cookie sheet covered with either a silicone mat or parchment paper. Don't overcrowd the cookies. Either work in batches, or use more than one tray.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before using the pastry cutter to cut each log into four pieces.
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  9. Now go make some friends!
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