A homemade fig newtons recipe

Published Sep 15, 2021 11:40 a.m. ET
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This is about as close to healthy as it gets where cookie-based snacks are concerned. Most are familiar with the store-bought variety, which is dry, flakey, and overall tasteless. That’s just not the case with homemade fig newtons, which are soft, squishy, and absolutely delicious with a center that’s packed full of incredible fruity flavour.

What are fig newtons?

The world's very first fig newtons were made all the way back in 1891 by Kennedy Steam Bakery. These days this snack is more commonly associated with New York Biscuit Company, which mass produces the fruit-filled rolls for stores all over North America. Most consider fig newtons to be a pastry, but technically, it’s more of a sweet pie-like filling that’s tightly wrapped in a crumbly vanilla cookie.

Homemade fig newtons with cannabis

If you’ve ever had a fig newton, then the challenge ahead might have you nervous, but we promise these little treats are so much easier than they look to make. You aren’t going to need any special skills or baking tools that wouldn’t be found in your average kitchen, and they come together pretty quickly too, which is a bonus when you’re hungry.

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Calories: 90 per serving (2 cookies)

Servings: 20

Cookie dough ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole what pastry flour
  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • ¼ orange (zest)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Filling ingredients

  • 9 ounces dried figs
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ orange (juiced)
  • ½ orange (zest)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Large mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Sifter
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small saucepan
  • Food processor
  • Ziploc bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors


  1. Cream the cannabutter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until it reaches a smooth and light consistency.

  2. Add the egg, orange zest, and vanilla to the same bowl before beating the ingredients into the mix.

  3. In a fresh, clean bowl, combine the pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

  4. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, and then stir them together until the dough is thoroughly combined.

  5. Use lightly floured hands to roll the dough into a ball, and then wrap the whole thing in a thin sheet of plastic before placing it in the fridge to cool and stiffen for at least 1 hour.

  6. Once you're ready to make the fig filling, start by adding all of the called-for ingredients minus the honey into a small saucepan.

  7. Set the burner to medium-low heat, and then let the liquids simmer for approximately 10 minutes, which should soften the figs and evaporate most of the water.

  8. Remove the pan from the burner and let it cool for several minutes before dumping the contents into a food processor.

  9. Drizzle the honey over the fruit mixture and then pulse everything on high until the ingredients blend to form a nice, thick paste.

  10. Scrape the filling from the food processor and transfer it into a thick Ziploc bag.

  11. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

  12. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  13. Lightly flour a clean surface, and then use that spot to roll out the cookie dough. The goal is to make it measure 10 inches by 14 inches, or as close to it as you can get.

  14. Use a sharp knife to straighten the edges, and then slice the dough lengthways into 3 equal strips.

  15. Cut one of the corners off the Ziploc bag and then carefully squeeze out a fairly even amount of its contents onto the middle of each of the strips.

  16. Fold the bare edges down into the strips to cover the filling, and then use a rolling motion to create a seal in the cookie dough.

  17. Continue until all of the strips are sealed.

  18. Cut the strips into approximately 20 evenly-sized rectangles and then spread them out across the prepared cookie sheet.

  19. Bake the fig newtons in the oven for 20 minutes.

  20. Once your snacks are finished cooking, they’ll need another 20 minutes on a cooling rack to reduce the filling temperature to a safe amount of warmth. Otherwise, you’ll risk getting burned.

Serving and storage

Homemade fig newtons don’t have quite the same shelf life as you might expect from store-bought varieties, which seem to stay good for weeks on end in a kitchen cupboard. Still, they can stay fresh for up to 7 days, as long as you keep them stored properly. These treats should be stored in cookie jars, Tupperware, or Ziploc baggies, to cut down on oxygen exposure, which will help to keep them soft and moist.

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