Fig Newtons

Well, the other day, I made some homemade Fig Jam and as much as I love it, I am the only one eating it, as my husband doesn’t really eat jam. So, I decided to make the one fruit cookie I know he would eat. Fig Newtons! Now I am not a huge fan of Fig Newtons from the store. The cookie always had a processed taste and the filling was always too sweet for me. So, needless to say, I was apprehensive about how these cookies would taste.

The first indication that I knew I would love these cookies was the smell coming out of my oven. WOW, I wish I could bottle it and spray the house with it every day. I think I just might have to make a batch everyday, the smell was incredible! I highly recommend making your own Fig Newtons. Hey, if you want, you can even change it up by using different preserves. Tomorrow, I think I will try Apricot. I used about 1/2 my dough and made 16 small cookies.

Fig Newtons

Ingredients For Dough:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of sugar

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Less than 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder

Less than 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda

1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon

4 tablespoons of chilled butter

1 egg

Other ingredients:

Your favorite Preserves (Fig Jam)



  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl (or food processor).
  2. Using a fork/pastry blender/food process, cut butter until the dough looks like sand.
  3. Add egg.
  4. Wrap dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F
  6. On a well floured (I do mean well floured) surface, roll out half the dough into a large rectangle (5 inches wide). If you don’t have the dough floured well, you will have difficulty as this dough is sticky.
  7. Divide the dough into two 2 1/2 inch strips
  8. In the center of each strip, place your fruit filling.
  9. Fold the long sides of the strip over the filling, making a long tube. Close the ends.
  10. Place the cookie tube, seam side down on a parchment covered or greased baking sheet.
  11. Brush the tops of the cookie with milk
  12. Bake for 15 minutes or until top is light golden brown
  13. Allow cookie to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 1 inch pieces.




Filed under Cookies, Desserts

2 responses to “Fig Newtons

  1. I love Fig Newtons! Your recipe sounds great Samina!

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