This recipe was inspired by a simple walk around the block while visiting my parents last weekend. On the morning of that epic saturday, I joined my parents on their usual morning walk. We were about 1/4 of the way around the neighborhood when my mom noticed a fig tree by the creek, so of course, she picked a fig and proceeded to eat it. Who wouldn’t? Coincidentally, I’ve been wanting to buy figs for months now but am always scared away by their price tag–so when we got back from our walk, we grabbed our reusable bags, hopped on our bikes, and headed back down the street to pick some figs! My parents had just recently purchased a dehydrator, so we decided to dry them once we got back.
Nothing like about $15 worth of figs for free!
Long story short, I’ve had these figs sitting on my counter since last weekend trying to figure out what to do with them and with labor day coming up, I finally decided what better way to celebrate than with some fig cookies! That’s just what you were thinking, right?
These cookies are awesome–the chewiness of the the figs is balanced out by the crunch of the walnuts and white chocolate chips, without being too sweet.
Fig, Walnut, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Makes about 1 dozen
*adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-cookies-iii/detail.aspx
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried kadota figs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the walnuts, figs, and white chocolate chips. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
I still have a few figs left. Any ideas?