I�m going to keep plodding along on the trail of DIY goodies because, well, I might not be on this path again for a long time and I want to make this round worthwhile. And maybe also just to prove to myself that I can do these kinds of things.
Everyone needs a little pat on the back, you know? And since I wouldn�t touch my last DIY project with a 20 foot pole, I figured I needed to make a little something for myself.
Now, why did I choose fig newtons you ask? Well, I had just made Smitten Kitchen�s amazing fig and olive oil challah and had a bunch of figs left over. I�m not a snack-on-figs kind of person, but I do enjoy figs once they�ve been cooked into a yummy paste, so it seemed only natural to sandwich that figgy goodness between some subtly sweet and chewy cookie-like dough.
I�ve always associated Fig Newtons with my great grandparents, as I can distinctly remember chowing down on some while visiting their home as a child. I definitely wouldn�t have considered myself a fan back then, but the cookie? cake? snack bar? has definitely grown on me.
Obviously this homemade version blows the packaged variety out of the water. I mean, you could argue that these toe the intersections between snack, breakfast and dessert, but take a look at that luscious layer of filling. The flavor is complex and the shortbread is soft with just the right amount of crumbliness.
I�m really selling this DIY stuff, aren�t I?
Two Years Ago: Banana Peanut Butter Truffle Muffins
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker