One of my wife’s coworkers brought her a big basket of ripe figs. When I saw them, I went right to work looking for a fig cookie recipe. Most are for filled cookies, like Fig Newtons. They usually call for dried figs. I had to look for a while to find one that called for fresh figs and looked like something I would like. These have cloves in them, which I found in many of the fig cookie recipes. The fig and clove combine for a very interesting flavor. They are soft and cake-like.
12 fresh figs (a little over a cup for the figs I had)
½ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 large egg
1½ cups flour
½ cup oatmeal
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, oatmeal, salt, cloves, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
Wash figs, cut off stems, cut into quarters.
Placing figs in a mixing bowl, along with the sugar. Shake to coat well.
Mix in egg, butter and shortening.
Stir dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
Drop dough in 2 tablespoon balls onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges turn brown. Remove to cool.
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