Fig newton bars

Maybe your wondering why does the tittle include the word “newton”; well it turns out that these delicious and famous cookies are named after the Massachusetts town of Newton, which is very close to a company that has been producing these cookies for more than 100 years, called Kennedy Biscuits before, and Nabisco today.

We had always wanted to make these bars, but we had to wait for it to be figs season here in Mexico. 

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When our dad found out we would make these bars he was thrilled because he says he used to eat them a lot when he was a kid and that they were his favorite. But now, for some reason, they don´t sell them anymore, at least here. So here it is the recipe so we can “homemade” them. 

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In this recipe we use fresh figs to make the filling, but if you don´t get them fresh, you can easily use dehydrated figs using the same recipe. 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

-For the dough: 

  • 145 gr butter, at room temperature 
  • 1/2 C + 2 tbsp confectioners sugar, sifted
  • The yolk of a hard boiled egg, grated 
  • 1 egg yolk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The zest of an orange
  • 1  3/4 C all purpose flour  
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt 

-For the fig filling: 

  • 15 figs, fresh 
  • 1/4 C brown sugar 
  • 1/4 C + 2 tbsp granulated sugar 
  • The zest and juice of 1 lime  
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

-For the dough: 

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and confectioners sugar together until smooth.
  2. Stir the grated hard boiled egg yolk, the raw egg yolk, the vanilla extract and the orange zest into the butter mixture. 
  3. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt to the butter mixture and stir until blended.
  4. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 30 min.

-For the fig filling:

  1. Chop the figs into four pieces each one and place them into a pan over medium heat along with the two types of sugar and the zest and juice of the lime.
  2. Stir for about 15 min. until the mixture thickens. 
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Now process it using a food processer or do it using a hand blender. 
  5. Then pour into a sealed tupper or mason jar and refrigerate. 

-To assemble the bars: 

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge and cut it into three equal pieces.
  2. Take one of the pieces and, using kitchen plastic paper beneath (or any other that avoids the dough to stick to the kitchen counter), roll out the dough in a rectangle form to be about 0.5 cm. (cut the rest of dough if neccesary).
  3. Fill vertically , and using the same plastic wrap, fold onto itself, first one side and then the other one, so that the filling gets totally covered.
  4. Cover this rectangle in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 min. so it is easier to cut later.
  5. Cut this dough into little squares and place them in previously greased oven pans.
  6. Bake at 350°C for about 15 min. or until the edges start to turn gold. 

Author: Andrea Gámez

Interior designer, Photographer, Food blogger and lover, painting entusiast and a sucker for art. / MEXICO

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