Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fig Bars

After I made the fig jam, I had to give fig bars a try.  I'm sure you know what commercial cookie this recipe is mimicking.  You could use any jam for this, but you want it to be a pretty stiff jam or preserves.  Like the jam, this recipe is based on one from The Complete Book of Small-Bath Preserving*.

Spiced Fig Jam Bars
Makes 36 bars
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2cups fig jam

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in large mixing bowl
2. Cream together until smooth
3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda and add to the bowl
4. Stir until combined
5. Divide dough in half.  Roll one half of dough into an 8"x12" rectangle.
6. Cut the dough down the middle
7.  Spread about 3/8cup of jam down the center of each rectangle
8. Fold each side of the dough over the jam.  Make sure the edges of the dough overlap.  A pastry scraper* works well for things like this.
9. Cut each roll into 3 sections
10. Repeat with other half of dough
11. Place on baking sheet folded side down and bake about 12-13 minutes.
12.  Cool completely on wire rack, then use serrated knife to cut each bar into 3 separate cookies


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1 comment:

Snyder Central said...

OH man. You just made me miss my Grandma. She made homemade fig cookies every year at Christmas. How I miss those things!

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