I had a lot of fun making these homemade Fig Newtons. They were a lot easier than I thought they would be, but they were quite time consuming so I don't think I'll be making these very often. In fact, I don't know if I'll ever make these again so I want this experience to be well documented : )
First of all, I got the recipe at the at the boastfulbaker.com. Go ahead and click the link, it's worth looking at even if you don't use it. The thing I changed about the recipe is that I used organic unrefined sugar and organic whole wheat flour. I use these not only because they're a tad bit healthier, but also because I like the flavor and texture these ingredients produce in baked goods.
You have to boil the figs with apple juice for a really, really long time. It makes your house smell yummy.
Next, you blend it all up so it's the consistency of apple butter. The boys really wanted to taste it so I put some of this mixture on toast for them to snack on.
Roll out the cookie dough just like a pie crust, then cut it into a rectangle. Spoon the filling right down the middle.
Fold one side over...
then fold up the other side so it overlaps a bit.
Finally, you cut them into little squares and bake them.
I found that they are better when they are not so brown so don't over cook them. As you can see I left a batch in a little too long and they weren't as yummy as the other ones. Just like my cookies and my muffins, I stack them on their sides in the storage container. It fits more and they don't get squished. The boys really liked them and I felt like they were a relatively healthy treat for them.
Enjoy and have fun making your homemade Newtons!