Get figgy with it

I’ve noticed that figs have become a pretty trendy fruit and are popping up on restaurant menus everywhere. One of our favorite pizza places has a fig appetizer with pita bread, goat cheese, and pistachios. The sweet and salty combo hits the spot. This weekend we bought a huge container of figs at Trader Joe’s and after eating my weight in figs, I decided I needed to experiment with a fig cookie. Fig newtons seemed a little obvious, so I chose the cookie recipe below. Pretty good and a great choice for when you want a little treat without completely splurging.

My other favorite way to eat figs is with crackers, goat cheese and prosciutto. We did the ALS ice bucket challenge last night and then I proceeded to eat way too much prosciutto, figs and cheese in my wet bikini. No shame, it is that good.

Enjoy!

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Ginger Molasses Fig Cookies

Recipe via Valley Fig

*Note: I didn’t have ginger, so mine were simply molasses fig cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3 tablespoons light molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stemmed figs, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat brown sugar and oil in large bowl until blended. Beat in egg white and molasses.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. On low speed, slowly beat in flour mixture until combined. With spoon, stir in figs.
  5. Shape 1-tablespoons portions of dough into balls. Roll in granulated sugar.
  6. Place sheet in center of oven and bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes, until crackled on top set around edges. Cool on wire rack.

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