Homemade Fig Newtons

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Homemade Fig Newtons Welp, its February, peeps. Don’t ask me how that happened so fast because I’ve got no clue.

Homemade Fig Newtons The first piece of the year is over, gone.  It’s about the time where everyone’s resolutions start going out the window and people are getting real. Speaking of resolutions, I was really hoping to be more organized this year. I was planning to get it together with my recipes and make my life easier on myself, but I am still just as hopelessly scattered with my recipes as always.

Homemade Fig Newtons (2) I’m not a pattern follower, I’m a free-stylist, but it’s always been that way. A few of my sisters and I crochet together. (Well, used to crochet together. I’m no fun anymore because I’m always working on a recipe or editing pictures and what not.) Anyway, they have the ability to read the patterns and do them to perfection but I so can’t do that, it drives me crazy. I can only do it my way, and in case you haven’t guessed, its the same in the kitchen.

Homemade Fig Newtons (2) I like it that way. In my opinion the only way to really cook is to be at home in your kitchen and friendly with your ingredients. I have been known to be a little to frindly with someand that can get messy but it works. I have discovered cooking to be my zen and the kitchen my sanctuary.

Homemade Fig Newtons (5) I don’t know why and can’t get it together with my recipes though. You’d think I would be able to just write them down as I’m making them, but I never do. Sometimes I plan a recipe ahead and write down what I am going to put in it and then just adjust the amounts as I go. Other times I grab a piece of scrap and jot things down as I decide on them. However, most of the time I’m lucky if I get some scribbles on a napkin before I’m finished which always leaves me trying to remember what I did.

Homemade Fig Newtons (10) I always do eventually, but if I just spent a little time to keep things organized I could save myself that much more. Maybe I will get it together this month but let’s not hold our breath.

Homemade Fig Newtons (4) So, I don’t have a mile long recipes title today, imagine that. No need to ask if I’m feeling alright, I’m fine. It’s just that I made these yummy little homemade fig newtons and there is no need for more explantion than that. If you are a fan of fig newtons than you’ve gotta make these.

Homemade Fig Newtons (9) We love fig newtons and you can’t but them here so I made these for a little blast from the past and they were so good.

Homemade Fig Newtons (3) They’re super easy fun, and way healthier than anything that comes in a package. Homemade Fig Newtons (11)

Homemade Fig Newtons

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: about 80 fig newtons

Homemade Fig Newtons


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks butter)
  • 1/2 cup sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/3 cups dried figs, stems cut off
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar)
  • 3 tablspoons honey
  • zest from 1 orange


  1. In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients for filling and blend until smooth. You'll probably need to scrape the sides down at least once between pulsing to get all the chunks.
  2. Dough:
  3. Beat butter and raw sugar until creamed. Add egg, vanilla, salt, and zest. Mix in flour until combined.
  4. Assembly:
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a baking tray with parchment or silicone pads.
  6. On lightly floured surface, roll out half of dough into a rectangle roughly 1/8 inch thick. cut into strips about 3 1/2 inches wide and use a pastry bag fitted with large tip (or just a spoon) to spread filling in a straight, 1 inch wide line down center of strips. Fold sides over filling and press down gently to seal. Cut strips into squares and place (fold side down) on baking tray.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until edges are golden.
  8. Remove from oven and cool before serving.

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  1. says

    Dude! These are awesome, Tori! I never liked fig newtons when I was a kid…my Mom would pack them into my lunchbox, and I was just not a fan. But now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a taste for figs. Love the homemade version here! Pinned!

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