Are you full of traditional Czech Christmas cookies? Try delicious fig cookies, and not only during the Christmas season.
In what forms are figs used? Mostly dried . Figs make the candy indescribably special.
What can they be combined with? You will learn this in the following recipes. Join us in baking (and not baking) cookies from dried figs.
Fig and walnut cookies
Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves add a unique taste to fig-walnut cookies.
Be careful what figs you buy. Soft ones are ideal. If the figs are too hard and dried out, it is a good idea to put them in boiling water for 5 minutes before adding them to the dough.
You will love fig cookies.
You can also make magic without figs, there are other great recipes for Christmas cookies .
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar for the dough and 1 tsp granulated sugar for sprinkling
- 1/3 cup cane sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried figs (remove stems and quarter them)
- 1 cup walnuts (toasted and coarsely chopped)
- 1 egg white (lightly beaten)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and salt.
- Cream the butter with the granulated sugar and cane sugar in a large bowl. And add two eggs.
- Put the orange peel and vanilla extract in a large bowl with the melted butter, sugar and eggs.
- Add the flour mixture with spices, figs and nuts and make a dough.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Sprinkle some plain flour on the work surface to roll out the dough.
- Roll out the dough to the length and width of the baking sheet, place it on baking paper, brush with egg white and sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar.
- Bake for about 30 minutes.
- Then take the tray out of the oven, let the dough cool and cut it into squares.
- Spread the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for another 20 minutes.
Fig cookies with chocolate and pecans
Nuts are a source of vitamins. So make Christmas fig cookies special with pecans. Preparation will not take you more than 15 minutes.
Pecans have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, but also the brain.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 10 spoons of butter or margarine
- 1 pack of figs
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and 1/4 cup sugar (you’ll use the rest of the sugar later). Add the butter cut into pieces.
- Use a dough cutter (so-called pastry blender), or use two knives, and process the dough until crumbs form.
- Take a smaller tray, line it with baking paper and spread the dough on it.
- Bake the dough for 15 minutes until the edges are browned.
- Then roll out the dough, sprinkle it with chopped figs, pecans and chocolate chips.
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, remaining sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla.
- Pour the mixture over the dough with nuts and figs.
- Put the Christmas fig cookies in the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes.
- Then let the candy cool and cut it into bars.
Unbaked fig sticks
Simple, quick and without the use of an oven. Even unbaked fig cookies are delicious and tasty.
In addition to the figs themselves, the fig sticks also contain nuts and seeds, which you can freely choose as you wish.
There are no limits to imagination when it comes to fig candy.
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
- 1/2 cup raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- Take a bread pan and line it with baking paper.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, figs, pumpkin seeds, tahini, honey, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- If the mixture holds together, put it in a mold and put it in the fridge for a few minutes.
- In the meantime, melt your chocolate by placing it in a mug with coconut oil and heating it in the microwave.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the cookies and spread it over the entire surface with a spoon.
- Then put the mold back in the fridge for another 30 minutes until the mixture and chocolate harden.
- Remove the unbaked fig cookies from the mold and cut them into sticks.
Discover similar tips
Easy, yet great tasting. You can prepare fig salami in just a few minutes, even the night before Christmas Eve.
- 1 kg of dried figs
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup whole, blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Grind the figs with a food processor or a meat grinder.
- Mix the figs in a large bowl with the other ingredients.
- Divide the mixture into three parts.
- Form each part into rolls to look like salami.
- Roll the rolls in powdered sugar.
- Cut the fig salami into thin slices and serve, for example, with espresso coffee.
Homemade fig paste
Make healthy muesli bars or other sweets from fig paste. However, use homemade fig paste as a base.
Fig paste is also recommended for cheeses, for example cheddar or blue cheese. So it doesn’t have to be used only for sweets.
- 12 ripe figs
- 500 g of marmalade
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Place the figs and sugar in a saucepan and cook over low heat.
- Stir the figs and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then bring the mixture to a boil.
- Then cook the mixture over low heat for about 3 hours until a thick paste forms. Stir it occasionally.
- Allow the paste to cool.
- Put it in the fridge, where it will last up to three weeks.
Delicious fig truffles
Once you have the homemade fig paste ready, just use it.
How about making fig truffles.
- 190 g finely ground walnuts
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup dried figs without stems
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice
- A pinch of orange dye
- Olive oil
- Place half of the ground walnuts and the other ingredients in a bowl and blend with a food processor until a smooth but firm paste is formed.
- If the figs are too dry, you will need to add more orange juice.
- Grease your hands with oil and make small balls from the paste.
- Wrap the balls in the remaining walnuts.
- Let the truffles cool in the fridge.
What nuts to use in Christmas cookies in combination with figs?
Nuts are an essential part of Christmas. They are often combined with individual types of nuts.
Sweets add a great taste. They affect human health. They help with disorders of the nervous system, reduce blood clotting and blood pressure.
Hazelnuts are easy to digest. In the kitchen, they are used fresh, ground, chopped and roasted . You can enrich not only Christmas cookies with them, but also fruit salads or creams.
Almonds contain more than 50% fat. They can be bought ground, roasted, smoked, peeled and unpeeled . If you can get almonds in their wooden shell, just scald them in hot water to peel them. Do not pour the water. It contains a lot of substances beneficial to the body, so use it, for example, when baking Christmas cookies.
Pistachios are mainly used to flavor creams and ice cream, but it is best to eat them raw. You can also add them to fig salami.
Cashew nuts are used to make stuffing, cakes and cookies. If you don’t have almonds, you can use cashews.
Macadamia nuts (up to 74%) and pecans (up to 70%) are characterized by a high fat content. They are used for pies, Christmas cookies and cakes.
If you love nuts, you can also prepare other nut Christmas cookies .
A final tip
Figs are not only used in the preparation of sweet dishes, they are often combined with ham, cheese or bacon. Although figs are quite a sweet fruit, they have health benefits . Fruits are rich in natural sugars, they also contain beneficial minerals and fiber. They also aid digestion. And they are a wonderful source of energy.