Hello, I’ve got a question for you; do you like Figs? Because in our house opinion is divided. So I, being a massive lover of Figs, fresh or dried, was sneaky and made these Walnut Fig Oat Cookies. Also I kinda forgot to tell everyone what was in them! I’m very naughty, I know. Guess what happened?
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!
Introducing Children To New Flavours
Our children, like most I suspect, love cookies, especially those with chocolate in or on them. Preferably both! While 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?
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. For example, carrots in spaghetti bolognaise. 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. Also we all sit at the table and eat and enjoy the same meal together.
Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained!
Anyway, I knew Figs would be pushing it. Because, 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!
Recipe : Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – makes approximately 20 Cookies
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp.
150g/5oz Caster Sugar
1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon
1 Large Egg Yolk – preferably free range
1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
75g/3oz Plain Rolled Oats
100g/4oz Chopped Walnuts
100g/4oz Dried Figs – approx 6
Making The Cookie Dough
First of all preheat oven to 190C/170C fan, gas mark 5, 375F.
In a large bowl whisk the butter, sugar and salt until pale and creamy.
Chop the Walnuts and Figs to approximately the same size – 1cm.
Portioning The Cookies
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.
Baking The Walnut Fig Oat Cookies
Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cookies are baked when they have turned a lovely golden colour on top. As soon as the cookies are baked 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.
Leave the cookies on the tray for 10 minutes to firm up before moving to a cooling rack.
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!
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