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.
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
Your favorite Preserves (Fig Jam)
- Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl (or food processor).
- Using a fork/pastry blender/food process, cut butter until the dough looks like sand.
- Add egg.
- Wrap dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375F
- 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.
- Divide the dough into two 2 1/2 inch strips
- In the center of each strip, place your fruit filling.
- Fold the long sides of the strip over the filling, making a long tube. Close the ends.
- Place the cookie tube, seam side down on a parchment covered or greased baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of the cookie with milk
- Bake for 15 minutes or until top is light golden brown
- Allow cookie to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 1 inch pieces.