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    Fig Newton Bars

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    40 mins

    25 mins

    15 mins

    Mercy's Note:

    Healthier than store-bought, without all the preservatives!

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cream the shortening and 1 cup sugar; add the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
    2. 2
      Mix the milk with the vanilla.
    3. 3
      Sift salt, flour and baking powder together; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
    4. 4
      Blend well.
    5. 5
      Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured board (rectangle shape).
    6. 6
      Put figs in saucepan with remaining sugar and 1 cup boiling water.
    7. 7
      Boil 5 minutes; cool.
    8. 8
      Spread the cooked mixture over half the dough; fold over the other half of the dough to cover.
    9. 9
      Cut into rectangular bars.
    10. 10
      Bake in 400°F for 12 to 15 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 25, 2009

      45

      I'm a "5-star or shut-up" rater. But this recipe is a terrific alternative to the commercial product, so I encourage you to make it, with adjustments. To make the dough workable, 1-2 more cups of flour are needed with butter substituting for the shortening. The dried figs should be pureed before boiling. Instead of working with a 2-foot long rectangle of dough (nightmare!), rolling it out into smaller rectangles and spreading on a thin layer of fig filling gets you to the same result more easily. Cut them smallish as the baking powder makes these much puffier than the commercial ones.

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    • on July 09, 2010

      45

      I'm giving this a 4 because I haven't perfected it to suit us yet. I favor the butter and a little wheat flour. Also, I went light on the sugar so it doesn't defeat the purpose of being healthy. Any dried fruit would do too. This recipe has potential!

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    • on December 12, 2011

      55

      YUMMO! I did change the recipe quite a bit. We have wheat, corn, dairy, egg, soy, legume allergies. SO....I used a combo of brown rice flour, sorgum flour and potato starch to replace regular flour. Used baking soda/cream of tartar mix for the baking powder, and 1/4 cup unflavored applesauce for the egg. I used Spectrum shortening for the shortening. I cut up the dried figs into tiny bits and boiled in a little less than 1/4 c sugar and added some vanilla. Then I blenderized it. They were surprsingly delicious! And this is from a mom who can eat anything! Just my kids can't. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Fig Newton Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (80 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 300.0
     
    Calories from Fat 86
    28%
    Total Fat 9.6 g
    14%
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    12%
    Cholesterol 16.9 mg
    5%
    Sodium 199.4 mg
    8%
    Total Carbohydrate 49.6 g
    16%
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    3%
    Sugars 25.0 g
    100%
    Protein 4.0 g
    8%

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    figs

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