Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fig Newtons

We got figs in our Bountiful Basket this week and so I just had to make fig newtons. This recipe is actually quite versatile, you can use any type of jam as your filling, or have the cookie as a simple sugar cookie and frost it.  Or just make the fig jam and spread it on toast. :)

What I love about making jams are that they can be really easy, I only use two ingredients fruit and sugar, and it turns out. This fig jam I used my same basic recipe, but ended up cooking it for a little be shorter period of time, it thickened within 6 minutes, where some of my berries take 10-12 minutes.

Fig Newtons 
adapted from here

1/2 cup dairy free margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon dairy free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 1/2 cups gf flour blend
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fig jam (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs, one at a time. Add milk, vanilla, and nutmeg.  Mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour blend, baking powder, and salt.  Add flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture.  The dough should be the proper consistency for rolling out, if it's too sticky add a little more flour.

To make the newtons, divide the dough into 2-3 portions.  Roll out the portions out on parchment paper (I do this so I don't have to use extra flour) So they are about 4-5 inches wide and 10" or more inches long, depending on the size of portion used.  The dough should be about 1/4" thick. Spread jam along one side of the length of the dough and carefully fold the dough over and press the edges together.  Cut in 1 1/2-2" slices.

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.

Fig Jam

3/4 cup fresh figs (peeled and mashed)
3/4 cup sugar

Combine figs and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until it boils...boil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until it thickens. Cool and use as filling.

This post is featured on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food Weekly, and Allergy Friendly Friday.


  1. These look really good! I haven't had fig newtons in FOR.EVER. so now I really want to try these!

  2. I miss Fig Newtons. Yours look lovely. Thanks for sharing them at Gluten-Free Wednesdays!