Homemade Fig Bars (makes 20)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roughly chopped dried figs, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place the figs in a small bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for 10 minutes.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.

6. Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into two 12 x 4 inch rectangles.

7. 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.

8. Fold the dough over on top of itself and gently press the dough together at the edges.

9. Cut each log into 10 cookies and transfer to a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.

10. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden.