Fig Bars

Once you’ve tried these, you’ll never be able to go back to the store-bought version! Simple to make and not too sweet, this is an easy-to-eat dessert that will be a hit with everyone (even those who aren’t particularly fond of figs).


For the crust:

½ c. butter, softened

¼ c. granulated sugar

¼ tsp. vanilla

1 c. all-purpose flour

For the filling:

¼ c. granulated sugar

1 c. boiling water

1 c. dried Mission figs, chopped

For the topping:

¼ c. all-purpose flour

¼ c. packed brown sugar

3 Tbsp. butter, cold

¼ c. quick-cooking oats

¼ c. chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, beat ½ cup butter, ¼ cup granulated sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. On low speed, beat in 1 cup flour until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake until center is set (about 10-15 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook filling ingredients over medium-high heat 5-0 minutes, stirring frequently, until figs are tender and most of liquid is absorbed. Spread over crust.
  • In small bowl, mix ¼ cup flour, brown sugar and 3 tablespoons butter, using pastry blender or fork, until crumbly. Stir in oats and walnuts. Sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until edges are bubbly and topping is light golden brown. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cut into bars (4 rows by 4 rows).