Walnut Fig Oat Cookies

Hello, I’ve got a question for you; do you like Figs? In our house opinion is divided – so I, being a massive lover of Figs, fresh or dried, was sneaky – I made these Walnut Fig Oat Cookies and I kinda forgot to tell everyone what was in them! I’m very naughty, I know. Guess what happened?

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - unbelievably good!
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – unbelievably good!

 

Everyone liked them! Now there are distinct Fig haters in our home, I mean they are very vocal when I bite into a perfectly ripe fresh Fig, or snack on a pack of dried Figs. I totally get that Figs have more of a distinct texture maybe than taste ( the inside of a fresh Fig described to me, as looking like raw flesh, very vocal ). So, loving them as I do – both Figs and our children – I thought I’d see if I could unite them, if only once AND I did!

Our children, like most I suspect, love cookies – with chocolate in or on them. Preferably both!! I’m more your fruit and nut (case!) girl. So when I’m baking it’s nice to branch out with flavour combinations. In doing so, I’m also, hopefully, educating taste buds. Am I alone in this quest?

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - perfect with a cold glass of milk.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – perfect with a cold glass of milk.

 

I’ve always cooked our children the same food as for hubby and me. When they we’re little I would ‘water-down’ with added veg – carrots in Spag Bol. etc. With the odd exception they have grown up eating Wholemeal bread, curries,  salads (with all manner of ingredients), in fact all of the foods we eat. So we all sit at the table and eat and enjoy the same meal together.

Anyway, I knew Figs would be pushing it. Not knowing they were eating chopped, dried Figs, allowed them to taste without prejudice. I’m not silly, I realise the chocolate option would win, hands down, every time, given the choice – I also know that Walnut Fig Oat Cookies would be munched, if there was no choice! Balance is everything!!!

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - would you like one?
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – would you like one?

 

Recipe : makes approx 20 Cookies

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp.

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

1 Large Egg Yolk – pref free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract

75g/3oz Plain Rolled Oats

100g/4oz Chopped Walnuts

100g/4oz Dried Figs – approx 6

Method : Preheat oven to 190C/175C fan

In a large bowl whisk the butter, sugar and salt until pale and creamy.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
Add the oats.
Add the oats.
Add the flour.
Add the flour.

 

Chop the Walnuts and Figs to approx. the same size – 1cm.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - add the chopped walnuts and figs.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – add the chopped walnuts and figs.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - stir until all the ingredients are just mixed.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – stir until all the ingredients are just mixed.

 

Grease or line baking trays with parchment paper. Using a medium ice cream scoop or your hands, place balls – approx 4cm – onto the baking tray.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - leave some space between each dough ball.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – leave some space between each dough ball.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - using clean, wet fingers, press down on each dough ball to flatten the cookie.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – using clean, wet fingers, press down on each dough ball to flatten the cookie.

 

Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cookies are cooked when they have turned a lovely golden colour on top. Remove the trays from the oven.

Note : Depending on the thickness, I had to carefully remove some cookies from the tray and return the others back to the oven for a few minutes – note to self, ensure all cookies are an even thickness before baking.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - allow to firm up and cool on the tray for 10 minutes.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – allow to firm up and cool on the tray for 10 minutes.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - remove the cookies and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – remove the cookies and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

Enjoy the smell of toasted Walnuts pervading through your kitchen. Mmm delicious. Once cooled see who you can fool into eating one of these delicious Walnut Fig Oat Cookies!! The oats, whilst also being good for you, add to the rustic charm of these yummy Cookies.

I really do urge you to try these delicious, crunchy, fudgey cookies. They come personally recommended!

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - the proof of how good they are, is in the baking and tasting!
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – the proof of how good they are, is in the baking and tasting!

 

Have you ever cheekily sneaked ingredients into a recipe?

Sammie x

 

 

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Hi, I'm Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way to show love is through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

2 thoughts on “Walnut Fig Oat Cookies”

  1. I LOVE FIGS! The grocery stores are stocked with fresh figs right now and I am taking full advantage of it – this morning enjoyed some sliced up over a bowl of Greek yogurt and honey. I am with your kids in always reaching for chocolate over fruit and nut cookies BUT THESE I will have to try. Maybe with some dark chocolate morsels sprinkled inside 😉 Awesome post! Have a great day!

    1. Ooh I like the idea of dark chocolate chips, I think that could really vamp these cookies up. Glad I’ve found a fig fan! Thank you for leaving a super comment 🙂

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