Doughmesstic Fig Newtons Recipe… Gotta love her!

January 16, 2012 in Cookies, Dessert, Guest Posts, Recipes by Fields of Cake

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Good morning everyone! I’m Susan, from Doughmesstic.com, and I am thrilled to be here, guest posting for Carrie. Such a sweetheart! I was hoping to meet up with her yesterday as she made her way across country, but alas, the weather was being a nuisance and didn’t allow it. But I’ll see her soon – at least in June!

Enough with the chit-chat, I bet you’re thinking… you came here for a recipe, right? Well, let’s get on it!

Did you know today is National Fig Newton Day? It is. Believe it or not, just about every single day of the year celebrates a food, and today it’s the Newton.

Do you like them?

They aren’t a cookie. Not really. And not really a cake, either. They aren’t super sweet. They aren’t savory.
They are an enigma.

Now, I don’t buy them. But I’ll MAKE them! Until you’ve had a fresh Fig Newton, you can’t know the feeling of soft, sweet dough filled with crunchy little fig goodness.
It’s good stuff. Believe it or not, they aren’t difficult to make, either. Give it a try!

Homemade Fig Newtons
makes about 6 dozen
Dough

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons orange zest
2 egg whites
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups All Purpose Flour
Cream the butter, zest and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add egg whites and vanilla, beat 1 minute. Add flour and salt until the dough comes together. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic. refrigerate 2 or more hours.

Filling

11 ounces Dried Black Mission Figs, diced
3/4 cups water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
juice of 1/2 orange
Soak diced figs in the water for 1 hour. Pour all into a small saucepan, and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes, or until jamlike consistancy. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.

Preparation:

Remove chilled dough and roll into 2 large rectangles, roughly 10 x 12. Divide each rectangle into thirds, with each rectangle being 4×10. Place rectangle on parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon filling down center of each rectangle, and fold the sides of the dough over the filling, making a sort of tube. Once all 6 tubes are made, freeze the newtons for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Remove newtons from freezer and cut each tube into 10 cookies. Place cookies back on the parchment lined baking sheets, seam side down, with roughly 1 inch between the cookies. Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking pans.

Serve and enjoy!

Thanks so much for having me, Carrie…and be good sweet readers, but not too good!

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