After 15 years of doing software development, I decided it’s time for a change for me. An opportunity came up at work and I took it. I guess you could say it’s a bit of a career change, but I’m still in IT, so it’s not a complete career change. However, for me, something totally new and I’m looking forward to it. Most people are scared of change, but I love change, I love to learn something new and expand my knowledge. Now, I have a new team and this team has a tradition that every week at the team meeting, it is someone’s turn to bring some snacks. Well, how can I not like a challenge such as this. The first week that I was supposed to attend this weekly meeting, the lady whose turn it was to bring the snacks, cancelled due to her being sick, so I volunteered. I figured here’s my chance to show my baking skills.
I went home that night and thought hard about what to make that was impressive. Now these people have already tried my peanut butter and bacon cookies and the s’mores whoopie pies at the last baking contest we had at work. So I had to think real hard, what can beat peanut butter and bacon cookies, I mean those cookies were unbelievable. I’ve had these dry figs for a week now, my husband goes through phases, when he finds something he likes he’ll buy a lot of it, so we had like 5 packs of dry figs. Now I love figs and I love fig newtons, so these cookies are probably as close as you can get to making your own fig newtons at home. I’ve been wanting to make these since before Christmas and I thought this was a perfect opportunity to make them. I was right. They were very successful. This batch makes quite a few cookies, so I brought lots to work, even had some to give to my old team. These fig cookies are really delicious, if you love figs, you’ll love these cute little cookies.
This cookie dough is made a bit differently, because we’re going to use a food processor instead of a mixer. So in your food processor add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse a couple times just to mix all the dry ingredients. Add the butter and pulse about 20 times. Next, add the eggs and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. Remove the dough from the food processor and knead it a bit on a floured surface. Shape the dough into a log and wrap it in plastic.
Place the dough in the refrigerator until we make the filling. First thing you need to do is cut the stems off the figs and chop them up. This is probably the part that took me the longest with these cookies.
Now there are a lot of ingredients here, so I made this in two batches because my food processor is not a big one. But basically you need to put all the figs and the rest of the filling ingredients in the food processor and pulse it until finely chopped. One thing I would suggest, is that it might be easier, though I haven’t tried this, but it might be easier to pulse the figs first and then add the rest of the ingredients. In either case, the mixture needs to be a thick paste. Scrape the filling onto a lightly floured surface and knead to shape into a log.
At this point you can preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Cut the filling log into 10 pieces and cut the cookie dough log into 10 pieces as well. Using one piece of dough at a time, roll it into a 3 by 12 inch rectangle. Now you can roll each piece of filling into a 12 inch rope, or just arrange with your hands in the middle of the dough as you see below.
Pull the dough around the filling and pinch the ends making a seam. Flatten the roll using a spatula or just your hands.
Cut the log into 6 pieces.
Repeat with remaining pieces of dough and filling. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden in color. This will make about 5 dozen cookies.
You may also dust these cookies with icing sugar if you wish.