Thursday we visited Costco and I insisted that we buy fresh figs, I had no idea what I wanted to cook/bake with the little darlings, I only knew I wanted to be inventive. Tonight, the night before we host a BBQ tomorrow, after reading countless recipes I decided on cookies. I didn’t want to have to buy any extra ingredients and cookies are hard to mess-up.
You will only need three bowls for this recipe and 10-11 fresh figs (that is equal to ~2 cups chopped figs.) My recipe yielded 54 small/medium cookies and according to Recipe Nutrition each cookies has approximately 85 calories. The figs have a large amount of calories in them themselves, but they also provide a terrific amount of nutrients for a balanced diet. They supply 30% of daily fiber, 15% potassium, 15% magnesium needs and are great source of calcium. Now, when you bite into one of these cookies you can do so with a clearer conscience.
Fresh Fig Cookies “Mookies”
Yields ~54 cookies
3 &2/3 C Flour
1 &1/8C Sugar (I added 10 packets of artificial sweetener in the measuring cup and then added the remaining sugar)
2 t Baking powder
2t Baking soda
2t Ground cloves
1 & 3/4 Sticks butter
1 Egg and 1 Egg white
~2C Chopped figs
optional 2T Milk, if needed
1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Cream butter and sugar and then add the eggs.
3. Sift together dry ingredients, then mix with wet ingredients.
4. When all is well combined, fold in the figs. (I used my hands at this point to ensure the dough was fully combined.)
5. *Optional: add in chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts to the mix.
6. Drop cookies on cookies sheet and bake 12-15 minutes. They will puff like a macaroon and begin to turn golden.
These cookies, I prefer to call mookies are cake like and have a very light texture similar to a muffin. For sweeter cookies add more sugar, but also increase the butter and moisture to compensate for the added dry ingredient. I cut down on the fats in an attempt to healthify the recipe!
Please try variations and let me know how yours turn out!
Do you ever cook or bake with fresh/dried figs?