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A classic cookie this Fig Newton Recipe can be made at home with some fun and easily available ingredients bringing back nostalgia from your childhood.

Stacked Fig Newton Recipe on top of one another showing inside close up.

I have always been a HUGE Fig Newton fan, they were one of my favorite cookies growing up. I know it’s weird to hear that because a lot of kids would turn their nose up at them.

Not me, they were always a favorite and come with a lot of memories. Why waste money buying them when you can make this Fig Newton Recipe at home.

Super simple, and absolutely tasty this is one recipe that you will want to make over and over again and bring to all those tea parties and brunches. 

Or you can just make a large batch to have around and snack on at home like we do! Making your own homemade filling is the best and it makes these cookies so flavorful.

I promise you that these are just as good if not better than the store bought ones. And that they aren’t as hard as they seem, the will be a fun project for you and the family.

Some of my other favorite cookie recipes that we have on our site include: Meltaway Almond Cookies, Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cookies and No Chill Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Stacked Fig Newton Recipe on a wooden platter.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Making a large batch you can eat them to your delight.
  • Using real figs you absolutely get that flavor.
  • These store well, so you can double the batch and have some on hand for later.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Figs
Brown sugar
Lemon zest
Lemon juice
Water
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Baking soda
Coarse salt
Unsalted butter
Egg
Milk
Vanilla

Ingredients needed to make a Fig Newton Recipe.

HOW TO MAKE A FIG NEWTON RECIPE:

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and salt
  2. In another bowl, beat the butter with the brown sugar. 
  3. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Continue mixing until you obtain a smooth texture. 
  4. Add the flour mixture, stirring until smooth paste forms. 
  5. Wrap the dough ball in plastic and leave it to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. During that time, prepare the filling. In a small or medium saucepan, add the figs, brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water. 
  7. Bring to a boil; once it’s boiling, reduce heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  8. After 30 minutes, you are going to obtain a jam. I love to have little pieces of figs in it, but if you want a smooth texture, place it in the food processor and mix until it’s combined.
  9. When taking the dough out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  10. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle 16 in. x 12 in and about 1/4 in thick. 
  11. Cut the rectangle into three strips.
  12. In the center of each strip of dough, spread a thin layer of filling.
  13. Fold both sides of the strip of dough over the filling, making a cylinder. Turn the cylinder seam side down, then flatten slightly with your hands.
  14. Cook in the oven for 12 minutes, let it cool at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  15. Cut each strip of dough into 8 squares.
  16. Enjoy! 

Step by step photos on how to make a Fig Newton Recipe.

DO I HAVE TO USE FRESH FIGS FOR THIS?

You’ll love the fresh figs in this recipe, but if you can’t find them, feel free to use dried figs.

CAN I MAKE THE FILLING SMOOTHER?

Absolutely, we love the chunks of the figs in there but if you’d like a smoother consistency then you can place the filling into a food processor or use an immersion blender and make it as smooth as you’d like.

HOW LONG DOES THIS NEED TO CHILL?

The dough itself needs to chill for at least 2 hours, this will help it become more pliable and less sticky when you are rolling it out and filling them.

Slightly overhead photo of Fig Newton Recipe on platter.

HOW TO STORE:

These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature where they will keep for up to 5 days, you can store them in the refrigerator as well where they should keep for about a week.

They can also be frozen, to do this place the cookies in a freezer container and they will keep for up to 3 months.

To defrost, move to the refrigerator overnight and then to the countertop to come to room temperature.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Easily double this recipe to make more.
  • Fresh figs are best but you can use dried.
  • If you want your filling smoother place in a food processor or use an immersion blender until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Make sure you chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
  • These can be frozen, see my tips above. 

Hand holding up one cookie with bite taken out

Love the store bought Fig Newtons? Well bring that nostalgia home where you can easily make this flavorful Fig Newton Recipe!

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5 from 26 votes

Fig Newton Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 42 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 17 minutes
A classic cookie this Fig Newton Recipe can be made at home with some fun and easily available ingredients bringing back nostalgia from your childhood.
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

Filling:

Cookie Dough:

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and salt
  • In another bowl, beat the butter with the brown sugar.
  • Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Continue mixing until you obtain a smooth texture.
  • Add the flour mixture, stirring until smooth paste forms.
  • Wrap the dough ball in plastic and leave it to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • During that time, prepare the filling. In a small or medium saucepan, add the figs, brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water.
  • Bring to a boil; once it’s boiling, reduce heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • After 30 minutes, you are going to obtain a jam. I love to have little pieces of figs in it, but if you want a smooth texture, place it in the food processor and mix until it’s combined.
  • When taking the dough out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle 16 in. x 12 in and about 1/4 in thick.
  • Cut the rectangle into three strips.
  • In the center of each strip of dough, spread a thin layer of filling.
  • Fold both sides of the strip of dough over the filling, making a cylinder. Turn the cylinder seam side down, then flatten slightly with your hands.
  • Cook in the oven for 12 minutes, let it cool at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Cut each strip of dough into 8 squares.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Easily double this recipe to make more.
  2. Fresh figs are best but you can use dried.
  3. If you want your filling smoother place in a food processor or use an immersion blender until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Make sure you chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. These can be frozen, see my tips above. 

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course Baked Good, Dessert
Cuisine American

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have made several other Fig Newton recipes. I can stop searching. This is By Far the best recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    These were good! I subbed the lemon zest and juice for orange because I had one on hand.

  3. 5 stars
    Mine weren’t as pretty as the picture, but they were delicious.

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