Homemade Fig Bars are easy, healthy and better than anything you can buy in the store. They’re going to blow your mind.

Homemade Fig Bars from weelicious.comPin

What pre-packaged treat do you most remember your parents buying you as a child? Graham crackers? Chocolate chip cookies? Gingersnaps? Oreos? In my day, it was Fig Newtons. I think my mother assumed the fig center made them a more sensible choice than the other options at the grocery. While my mom usually baked her own delicious cookies, but I don’t think she ever considered trying her hand at homemade Newtons. Even when I started thinking about making a healthier, less sugar-filled, homemade version of Newtons I was a bit intimidated at the prospect of doing it. It just didn’t seem like a recipe that would be easy to pull off in a home kitchen.

Well, I was wrong. Totally wrong. In fact, in the same amount of time it would take me to make a simple batch of chocolate chip cookies, I made these decadently rich bars, boasting sweet figs tucked inside a tender, flaky whole wheat cookie. Both of my kids agreed they were superior to the store bought Fig Newtons they had recently tried at a friend’s house, and they couldn’t keep their mitts out of the tin I put them in.

Homemade Fig Bars from weelicious.comPin

One night after two of my little cookie monsters absconded with three cookies apiece and were coming back for more, I hid the tin. I did such a good job hiding it out of sight in fact, that five days later I realized I totally forgot about them. Figuring they would be stale I opened the container and pulled one out to try. Amazingly these homemade fig bars were still as moist and irresistible as the first day I had baked them.

Store bought fig bars for us? Never again!

Pin

Homemade Fig Bars

4.19 from 33 votes
Servings: 10
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the figs in a small bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the figs from the water with a slotted spoon and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the honey and 1 tablespoon of the soaking liquid. Puree until smooth and spreadable.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.
  • Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into two 12 x 4 inch rectangles.
  • Spread the fig mixture on one half of each rectangle - spreading up the 12-inch side and leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border.
  • Fold the dough over on top of itself and gently press the dough together at the edges.
  • Cut each log into 10 cookies and transfer to a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g
Did you make this recipe?Mention @Weelicious or tag #weelicious!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I was blown away at how good these are! The only changeI made was to use raisins instead of figs because I had lots of raisins in the pantry but no figs. Due to the sweetness of raisins I did not add any honey.

    The recipe was super simple and came together quickly.

    I will be making these again and again and again.

    1. Thanks Nancy! Glad you enjoyed these and were able to customize them to fit what you had on hand 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My husband brought home store bought Fig Newtons. I took a look at the ingredients (first ingredient was sugar and that was the least alarming thing on the list!) and threw them out. These are delicious and much easier than I thought they’d be. I added a teaspoon or so of orange zest to the filling and a pinch of cardamom to the dough. I baked my leftover dough without any filling and even those are delicious! Can’t wait to make again, though next time I will leave out the honey as the figs are sweet enough on their own.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating