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Homemade Fig Bars

Homemade Fig BarsForget those store-bought fig cookies, they cannot begin to compare with these fig bars!

Recipe Ingredients:

For Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces California dried figs, finely chopped
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup water

For Crumb Crust and Topping:
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour - divided use
1 3/4 cups rolled oats

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Filling: Combine sugar, California dried figs, nuts and water in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cream sugar and margarine together until light and fluffy. Add salt and vanilla; mix until blended. Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour and oats until well mixed and crumbly.
  3. Spread and pat two-thirds flour mixture evenly into ungreased 13x9x2-inch pan. Spread filling evenly on top.
  4. Add 1/2 cup flour to remaining flour mixture; crumble and spread all over.
  5. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly brown. Allow to cool in pan; cut into bars.

Makes 30 bars.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/30 of recipe): Calories 155; Fat 5 grams; Protein 2 grams; Carbohydrates 27 grams; Dietary Fiber 2 grams; Calories from fat 26%; Sodium 39 mg; Cholesterol 0 mg.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Fig Advisory Board.