Figgy cookies…

by Sunita on June 15, 2007

The fig is believed to be indigenous to Western Asia and to have been distributed by man throughout the Mediterranean area. It has been cultivated for thousands of years, remnants of figs having been found in excavations of Neolithic sites traced to at least 5,000 B.C. As time went on, the fig-growing territory stretched from Afghanistan to southern Germany and the Canary Islands. Pliny was aware of 29 types. Figs were introduced into England some time between 1525 and 1548. It is not clear when the common fig entered China but by 1550 it was reliably reported to be in Chinese gardens. European types were taken to China, Japan, India, South Africa and Australia.

Technically a single fig is a syconium containing over 1,000 tiny fruits (what are thought of as the seeds).Fresh figs are very perishable and remain in good condition for 8 days but have a shelf life of only 1 to 2 days when removed from storage.If frozen whole, they can be maintained for several months. Moreover, figs do not ripen further after picking, hence unripe figs should be avoided. The best figs are those which have a rich colour, and are plump and soft, while at the same time have unbroken skin.

Figs are rich in minerals and a good source of potassium, manganese and iron. They also contain vitamins A, B, and C and a decent amount of fibre.

Figs are an autumn harvest, but I did get some of the dried ones whichI bought the other day, thinking of making a cake…but baked these cookies instead. They came out soft and chewy (and a little squidgy in the middle) and the seeds of the figs provided that delightful crackle in every bite.

This is how I went about it-

What’s needed-

1 and1/2 C dried figs, the hard tips removed and chopped
1 and 1/2 C water
1C of plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp of honey
1 egg
3 tblsp of butter, at room temperature
pinch of salt
4-5 dried apricots, sliced(optional)

How to-

Boil the figs in the water, stirring continuously till the mixture thickens. Cool and keep aside.

Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cen.

Add the butter to the fig mixture and blend well.

Beat the egg and honey and add to the fig mix.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the fig mix.

Drop tblsps of the mixture on greased baking trays, leaving some space between them.

Top with a few slices of apricot(optional).

Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or till set and nicely browned. If the mixture does not come away in the finger when touched, it’s done. It will be a little soft on the inside.

Cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 trupti June 15, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Figs and apricots……how healthy can that cookie get? :) nice recipe, Sunita……I do love my share of figs.

cheers,trupti

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2 sunita June 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Trupti,I love my figs as well…absolutely adore the crackling that goes on inside the mouth…nice to have you over…

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3 Asha June 15, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Perfect cookies Sunita.I do keep figs in the freezer,will try:))

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4 sra June 15, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Interesting – never know those seeds were fruit!

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5 sunita June 15, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Asha, thanks and do give it a try…

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6 sunita June 15, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Sra, I simply love the amount of activity that they generate inside the mouth…the crackling, I mean…

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7 Richa June 15, 2007 at 1:35 pm

WOWWWWWWWWW! love both the figs & apricot, u mind reader :) this looks so good, too tempting. i gotta’ make this asap :) will use an egg substitute!
fig shake is my fav, u can chk it out on my blog when u get a chance :)
have a great wknd sweetie, hope the weather’s treating u well!

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8 sunita June 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Richa, maybe great minds think alike, what do you say…do try it…as for the weather, well, the sun does seem to be coming out of hiding even as I write this…you too have a great weekend…

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9 Sandeepa June 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm

I love eating dried figs on their own. I love how you bake some goodies or other every week

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10 Seema June 15, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Sunita,
I love figs very much and I can jsut have loads of them at time. Cookies look delicious. I have never till date tried fig cookies. Have bookmarked this recipe.
Thanx buddy.

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11 WokandSpoon June 15, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Those are good for summer when the figs are out! I’ll have to pass the recipe on to my mother-in-law. She has a Huge fig tree in her garden!

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12 sunita June 15, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Sandeepa,I too love gorging on dried figs on their own…as for baking and baked goodies,I think I really love both of them…

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13 sunita June 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm

wokandspoon, isn’t your MIL lucky…do pass the recipe on to her but, I bet, she too, with her experience must have some great recipes…nice to have you over…

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14 sunita June 15, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Seema, I too love figs…as for the cookies, do try them…soft, squidgy and crackly(if there ever is such a term)…have a great weekend…

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15 musical June 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Figs and apricot, yummy! i would love baking this. Thanks, Sunita for dishing out the dream cokkie :) . The only hitch is , i am likely to be done with the dry figs even before i start baking them!! i agree, i love that crackle that goes with figs :) ).

A question on apricots. How do the apricots in your neck of the woods fair? The apricots here in the US are no match for Indian khubani, in terms of fragrance and taste, actually they don’t have any fragrance. Have you tried using dried apricots. lemme know :) .

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16 Suganya June 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Two fruits in a cookie.. gr8… If I bake these for 5 less minutes, they vl taste like fruity shortcakes i guess ;)

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17 Patricia Scarpin June 15, 2007 at 6:53 pm

I have never had dried figs, but I can tell these cookies are delicious!

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18 Sukanya Ramkumar June 15, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Fig cookies…I love them….Nice combination of apricot….Love them..

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19 sunita June 15, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Musical, yes, I too popped in quite a few…

As for the apricots, they’re quite alright…btw, I used dried apricots and forgot to mention it…thanks for taking up the topic…I’ve updated the post…in fact I use the dried apricots more and like them better…nice to have you over…

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20 sunita June 15, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Suganya,I think they will…my ones were themselves quite soft and fruity…glad to have you over…

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21 sunita June 15, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Patricia, welcome to my world…well, we loved them…as for the dried figs, they are quite handy, especially when it’s not the season…tastes great too…

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22 sunita June 15, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Sukanya, thanks…have a great weekend…

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23 Cynthia June 16, 2007 at 12:56 am

I like this combo – apricots and figs. How are you hon? Hope you and the family are well.

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24 Vcuisine June 16, 2007 at 5:19 am

A healty combo to try. I love figs especially the fresh ones. Very nice recipe. Thanks Sunita. Viji

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25 sunita June 16, 2007 at 9:13 am

Cynthia, we’re fine…thank you so much…you’re such a dear…hope you’re enjoying your weekend…

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26 sunita June 16, 2007 at 9:14 am

Viji,thanks…I love figs as well…nice to have you over…

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27 Dilip June 17, 2007 at 11:08 pm

wow…lovely post..great cookies, never have tried figgy ones before…gotta try it…thanks for sharing

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28 Roopa June 18, 2007 at 3:08 am

wow healthy one sunita, i don’t buy much of figs here but love them!

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29 sunita June 18, 2007 at 9:54 am

Dilip,thanks and do give it a try…nice to have you over…

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30 sunita June 18, 2007 at 9:55 am

Roopa,I adore figs…glad you came over…

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31 Sia June 19, 2007 at 10:21 am

how did i miss this post? i love both figs and apricots and take them in my daily 5 portion. would never have thought of using them in cookies:)
i make choco chip cookie 2 days back and it was total dissaster. i baked them for the 1st time and i guess i added too much of butter;) atleast i learnt something from it:)

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32 sunita June 19, 2007 at 11:19 am

Sia, well, you’re here now…join the bandwagon…and yes, there is always something to be learnt from disasters…

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33 JennDZ - The Leftover Queen June 19, 2007 at 7:59 pm

I love figs! There is a traditional sicilian fig cookie that my grandmother used to make every christmas! I am so making them this year!

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34 sunita June 19, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Jenndz,I too simply adore figs…looking forward to your grandmother’s recipe…must definitely be a great one…

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35 renny December 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

HI…I AM A VEGETARIAN SO PLS CAN U TELL ME A EGG REPLACER FOR THE FIG BISCUIT

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