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YIELDS:

12 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 15 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 15-20 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 30 mins

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ingredients

1 Cup chopped pecans

1 Cup chopped dried fig

1 1⁄4 Cups old fashioned oats

6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1⁄2 Cups light brown sugar

1 Large egg

2 Tsp. Pure vanilla extract

1 1⁄4 Cups all-purpose flour

3⁄4 Tsp. baking powder

1⁄2 Tsp. baking soda

1⁄2 Tsp. salt

1⁄2 Tsp. cinnamon

1/8 Tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

Cooking Spray

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat, foil or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray to make clean up a breeze.

2. Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat until slightly browned and fragrant.

3. Chop the nuts and add to a mixing bowl with the rolled oats and the chopped figs. Stir together and set aside.

4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.

5. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add softened butter and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and continue beating until thoroughly combined.

6. Gradually add the flour mixture until well incorporated. Stir in the nut, oat and fig mixture and fold the mix into the the rest of the batter until evenly distributed. Give the mixture a final stir with a spatula, scraping the side and bottom of the bowl.

7. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion the cookie dough. Place cookie dough on a parchment line baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

8. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes until lightly browned, fragrant and cooked through.

9. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove them to cool completely on a rack. Enjoy!

NOTE: I love figs. You’ll see that they make regular appearances in many of my recipes. In this recipe, they add the right amount of sweetness and are a nice compliment to the toasted pecans. Note, you can use walnuts in this recipe too (I often do!) and they cookies come out great.

I do make jumbo cookies with this recipe but feel free to make smaller ones if that is your preference. If you are into Jumbo Cookies, check out my Loaded Jumbo Cookie recipe (packed with jumbo chocolate chips, chocolate covered raisins and walnuts).  Reading this, I’m starting to think I like “jumbo” things…LOL. 

I like to bag these and give them as gifts around the holidays, for birthdays and on Wednesdays  – just because!!!

This is an easy, straight forward recipe.  The addition of figs might be a little different for some of you, but if you like fig newtons, you already like figs!  Be sure to cut off the tough ends and chop fairly small to get the best chew.  Happy baking!

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