Homemade Fig Bars

In this recipe, honey-sweetened figs are tucked inside a tender whole-wheat cookie. Both of my kids agreed they were superior to the store-bought versions they had tried at a friend's house -- they couldn't keep their mitts out of the tin I put them in.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 20 bars
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Ingredients

1 cup roughly chopped dried figs, stems removed

1 tablespoon honey

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the figs in a small heatproof bowl, cover with hot water and soak for 10 minutes. Remove the figs from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a food processor. Add the honey and 1 tablespoon of the soaking liquid. Puree until smooth and spreadable. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of parchment, then roll into two 12-by-4-inch rectangles.
  5. Spread the fig filling on one half of each rectangle, spreading up the 12-inch side and leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch border.
  6. Fold the dough over on top of itself and gently press the dough together at the edges. Cut each log into 10 cookies and transfer to baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.