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Fig jam biscuits

When I made the fig jam at the beginning of this month, I began thinking what to do with it. I remembered when I was still in Cyprus (that’s 27 years ago) we used to buy some biscuits full of fig jam in them and they were my favourite. I used to eat the whole package by myself. I searched the internet looking for fig biscuits, fig cookies but no luck. Then I saw something about the History of Cookies with the following description:

“Charles Roser won fame for creating the Fig Newton cookies recipe before selling it to Nabisco”.

I then started looking for Fig Newton recipes and finally decided to make this one. I followed the recipe exactly as given, but unfortunately the dough broke. I tried to paste some dough on it but it became even worse so I decide to bake it and see what I could make with the remaining. The taste was fantastic but I will have to work on it next year.

After a quick thought I decided to make biscuits with the remaining dough but I also had doubts if this dough was suitable for biscuits.

I chose a cookie cutter to shape them and half of them I wanted to make a hole in the middle but had nothing to cut them with. Finally I decided that an ouzo lid was just about the size I needed to do the job 😛

The result

The Italian word for biscuits is biscotti and when I saw the event at the Great Cooks Community, September 2008 – Biscotti Bake Off, I planed to submit them for the event. However, it seems that the word biscotti in North America means something totally different from what we in Europe mean and still I am not sure about the difference between biscuits, biscotti, cookies and scones. I think I understood what biscotti is and I will be preparing another recipe for that event.

However, I am submitting this song to Elly, of Elly says Opa, who is hosting the event Eat to the Beat, with The biscuit song

Fig jam biscuits


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. sifted flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Blend sugar and butter. Sift dry ingredients together, add alternately with beaten egg to sugar mixture. Add vanilla. Pinch off dough about size of baseball. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness and about 5 inch wide by 12 inch long strip.
  2. If you want to make the Figs Newton this is what you have to do:
  3. In the center of a 5×12 inch strip, spread the cooked fig mixture. Fold one side of dough over the fig mixture, fold the other side to where they lap. Flip the folded side down on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm.
  4. However, after not succeeding to make a proper Fig Newton I rolled out the remaining dough covering the dough with cling film and tried to make then as thin as I could. I placed them on parchment paper and baked in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Centigrade for 15 minutes.
  5. When they cooled I added 1 tablespoon of jam on the reverse side of the biscuit and pressed a biscuit with a hole on top just until the jam will show up in the whole.

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19 Responses

  1. wow! it looks so good and delicious! shapes were awesome

  2. First time here. Biscuits look gr8 and nice entry to the event. U have very yummy recipes here. Nice visiting your blog.

  3. Ivy

    Hi Sriekha. Thanks for your lovely comment.

    Hi Lubna and welcome. It’s great to see you here and hope that you will pass by again.

  4. Hey Ivy…love the flowers sandwiched with the yum looking jam. No fresh figs here…so these will have to exist in my dreams! They are beautiful! Must go & check out the GC event. xoxoxo Deeba

  5. Ivy

    Hi Deeba and thanks. Check it out, I am sure you have some lovely biscotti to submit to the GCC.

  6. These Fig Newtrons sound wonderful to me. Until very re4cently this is the only way I had ever tried figs sis…can you believe that:D

  7. Ivy

    It’s the same with the cranberries sis. I only had them after you sent them to me.

  8. Ivy, sometimes I think we share a brain. I have actually been trying to figure out what to do with this ficoco I have which is basically fig jam with cocoa powder mixed in. These cookies look so great, and they are so cute too! Thanks for participating in the event again.

  9. Ivy

    Fig jam with cocoa, aah? That sounds interesting.

  10. Ivy these cookies are beautiful and look so yummy!


  11. Wow,these look picture perfect and they are so cute,I am sure they tasted awesome,I love cookies with jam in them…

  12. I used to love fig newtons as a kid! Yours look quite good so I am sure i would enjoy a few handfuls… 🙂

  13. Ivy

    Thanks again for leaving your comments.

  14. I used to eat these all the time and yours look great. I have never heard them called discuits before (as you stated in your post), I just call them cookies.

  15. These are sooooooooo cute Ivy – love ’em.

  16. They look more than perfect!

  17. Thanks for the step by step pics, Ivy. These look so gooey-good!

  18. YUM! These look great! I love cookies made with jam. Mmmm.

    Thanks for sharing.


  19. I made these delicious cookies yesterday since I knew I would be having guests over although I did not use homemade jam but store bought ; next time I will try also your jam recipe! Everyone loved them!