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Fig Bars

A sophisticated version of the supermarket standby, these moist cookies keep well.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Fig Bars

Source: Holiday Cookies 2001, Special Issue 2001


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups dried Calimyrna figs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground pepper


  1. Cream butter and sugar with the paddle attachment of an electric mixer. Add egg, 1 egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon zest; mix well. Add flour and salt; mix on low speed until dough just comes together. Wrap dough in plastic, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. To make the filling, combine figs, honey, wine, 1 cup water, cinnamon, and pepper in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat, stirring often, until reduced to a thick paste, about 10 to 15 minutes. Spread filling on a baking sheet to cool.

  3. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to fit a 10-by-15-inch baking sheet. Pick up dough by wrapping it around a rolling pin, and unroll it onto baking sheet.

  4. Spread fig filling evenly over pastry. Roll out remaining half of dough, and cover filling. Trim excess pastry to make a perfect rectangle. Chill for 1 hour.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a paring knife to score dough lightly into 1-by-3-inch bars. Use a fork to prick holes in each bar. Make an egg wash by combining remaining egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water. Lightly brush bars with egg wash. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into bars, and let cool.

Reviews (5)

  • ljwaldron 28 Jan, 2010

    white grape juice would be a good substitute for the wine.

  • TabbyHill 26 Jan, 2010

    I am going to try this recipe using fig jam I made this past summer.

  • NinaTerheyden 26 Jan, 2010

    I would say use grape juice instead of the wine.....still grapey flavor, but no alcohol.

  • garveyk 26 Jan, 2010

    Is there any substitute for the wine?

  • lovetoknitandread 19 Jan, 2010

    These cookies are fantastic; you won't want to go back to store-bought after tasting these. My family loved these!

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