Fig Bars

Fig Bars

After making my fig, prosciutto, and arugula pizza last week, I had a lot of fresh figs to use up. Seeing all those fresh figs made me think about good ol’ Fig Newtons. I have not had one in forevvvverrr. This had to be fixed!

I kind of want to call these lazy Fig Newtons since I didn’t roll the dough and wrap it up around the figs like Fig Newtons. I just stuck it in between, but whatevs, it’s still pretty much the same thing! But, hey, I did make my own fig preserve so that counts for something, right?! Fig Newtons were a favorite cookie of mine growing up. I used to love eating them with a big glass of milk.

I might consider making a little more of the fig mixture next time as I felt there was a lot of cookie and not quite enough fig, so if you prefer it that way as well, you might want to prepare a little extra fig preserve or not use all of the cookie dough. These are tasty either way though and are perfect to make for the fall and the holidays!

Fig Bars

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Fig Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


For the fig filling:

  • 2 lbs. fresh figs (or 1 lb. dried)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

For the cookie dough:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by covering it in aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Slice each fig in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp into a bowl. Discard the skins.
  3. Add the scooped fig, sugar, water, and lemon juice into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat. Mash the figs with a potato masher. Cook until the water dissolves and the figs reach a jam-like consistency. Set aside.
  4. Beat together the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, and the salt. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well-combined.
  6. Take about 3/4 cup of the dough and set aside. Place the rest of the dough into the prepared baking dish. Spread the dough evenly into the dish. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. While the bottom layer is baking, roll out the 3/4 cup of the dough between two pieces of wax paper sprayed with non-stick spray into an 8x8 square. Place the dough into the freezer for about 15 minutes until firm.
  8. Once the bottom layer is done baking, spread the fig mixture evenly. Remove the top layer from the freezer, pull away the wax paper and place the dough on top of the fig mixture. Bake for another 25 minutes or until the top layer is golden brown. Let cool for at least 2 hours and then slice into squares.

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Fig Bars



  1. These are a great idea, they look like something I would choose in a coffee shop! I love that these are perfect for fall without any pumpkin or apple in sight :)

  2. Homemade fig preserves definitely counts. These bars look amazing, and I can’t wait to try out the recipe. I happen to love fig newtons, but homemade is always better.

  3. I love fig bars!! So good! Fig is just good in general!

  4. Mmm anything with figs calls my name :D
    Lovely job!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Loving the use of figs here… I bet they were moist and yummy!! Have a great weekend… good luck with the packing. ~ Ramona

  6. I’m obsessed with figs…….and these look fantastic!!

  7. Great recipe. I have a pound of figs and some dried ones to. I”m going to make your bars this weekend because I have no clue on what to do with the figs!!!

  8. These are great and I sure don’t mind skipping the rolling step! :)

  9. Fig Newtons were one of the few store bought cookies my mom bought on occasion when we were young. I have a feeling your version is so much better…can’t wait to try and share a batch with her :)

  10. My father in law LOVES figs – I’ll have to make these for him!

  11. I don’t understand why none of my local grocery stores seem to carry figs right now. I wish they did because I would certainly be making some of these. They look marvelous.

  12. Stephanie….I used to hate to admit how much I love fig newtons because it just seemed like a geeky thing. But I love figs and your version looks far better than the original! : )

  13. Amazing! You could put fig newton’s out of business with these babies!

  14. I can just imagine how marvelous those must be.

  15. I almost never buy fig newtons because I’m the only person in my family who likes them, and I could eat the entire batch in one sitting! Not cool… these are SO calling my name!

  16. I love figs! It’s a new thing in my life, I really didn’t even know what one looked like until a few years ago. And I make a similar pizza to what you mentioned but with goat cheese. AND this would be a perfect dessert to go with said pizza

  17. I’d love one of those bars with tea this afternoon :) They look delicious and perfect for fig season!

  18. fig newtons! my favorite little “healthy” cookie. While my friends were eating the chips ahoy, I was happily noshing away on my soft figgy wheat bars. Ha! I loved them. Never have made them myself though, I am glad you shared this recipe!!

  19. When I first read the title of the recipe I instantly thought that they would taste like a homemade fig newton! The sound really good – and a whole ton easier than making actual fig newtons :)

  20. gorgeous! like fig newtons, but better!

  21. Lazy Fig Newtons?? Sign me up! I used to love these cookies as a kid :)

  22. Making your own fig preserves definitely counts! These look incredible, and I wish I had a few right now! Oh, and I completely forgot to tell you when I went back to comment on the instagram thing, the dude had already removed my pic :) Thanks again!

  23. Ugh. I love fig newtons. Lazy fig newtons are all the better! Love your photos :)

  24. Love these! I love figs, but I’m always looking for new ways to use them. These look great!

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