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Italian Fig Cookies

Italian fig cookies – homemade version of fig newtons and a perfect cookie for the holidays!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fig cookies
Servings: 60
Calories: 104kcal


Cookie dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounce butter cold
  • 4 large eggs

The filling

  • 12 ounce dried figs
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 ounce semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • In your food processor add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse a couple 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.
  • Put flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade; pulse just to mix. Add the butter pieces and pulse 20 times. Add eggs and pulse until dough forms a ball on the blade. Remove from processor and knead briefly on a lightly floured work surface until smooth. Shape dough into a log and wrap in plastic.
  • Put all the figs and the rest of the filling ingredients in the food process and pulse it until finely chopped.
  • 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, toll 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg