Homemade Fig Newtons
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons orange zest
- 2 egg whites
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour
- Cream the butter, zest and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add egg whites and vanilla, beat 1 minute. Add flour and salt until the dough comes together. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic. refrigerate 2 or more hours.
- 11 ounces Dried Black Mission Figs, diced
- 3/4 cups water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- juice of 1/2 orange
- Soak diced figs in the water for 1 hour. Pour all into a small saucepan, and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes, or until jamlike consistancy. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
Adapted from doughmesstic.net
Remove chilled dough and roll into 2 large rectangles, roughly 10 x 12. Divide each rectangle into thirds, with each rectangle being 4×10. Place rectangle on parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon filling down center of each rectangle, and fold the sides of the dough over the filling, making a sort of tube. Once all 6 tubes are made, freeze the newtons for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Remove newtons from freezer and cut each tube into 10 cookies. Place cookies back on the parchment lined baking sheets, seam side down, with roughly 1 inch between the cookies. Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking pans.
Serve and enjoy!