Scrumptious Fig Squares

"If you thought you didn't like anything with dried figs in it - you haven't tried these!!! Like Fig-Newtons, only better."
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40 squares




  • For filling: Finely chop figs in processor (do not puree).
  • Combine with juice, sugar and peel in small saucepan.
  • Simmer until thickened to consistency of jam, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Cool completely.
  • For pastry: Preheat oven to 350F (160C).
  • Line 9 x 13 inch pyrex baking dish with foil.
  • Cream butter with mixer until light; add sugar and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch and salt in small bowl to blend.
  • Add to butter until mixture just starts to come together.
  • Separate in half.
  • Press one half into pan, just coming up sides slightly.
  • Brush pastry edges with egg white.
  • Spread filling over pastry, leaving a ¼ inch border.
  • Crumble remaining pastry evenly over pan, and lightly pat down with hands, bringing to edge of pan.
  • Combine 2 tblsps sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Brush pastry crust with remaining egg white and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake until crust around edge is firm to the touch and pastry just begins to colour, about 1 hour, 20 minutes.
  • Cool on rack.
  • Remove pastry from pan, using foil as aid.
  • Cut into 1 ½ inch squares.

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  1. These were pretty easy and turned out well. I liked the orange and the cinnamon.
  2. I'd like to say that this recipe is very very good. My husband loved it. It was a bit sweet for me so, on the second batch I just halved the sugar. I'll be making these for a long time to come. Thank you.
  3. really good stuff.dee


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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