Flour covering every surface like kitchen snowfall. Metal outlines of snowflakes and bells and holly. Rolling pins and baking sheets haphazardly strewn. Stealing the scraggly bits of the cookie dough to nibble. Smell of sugar wafting. Oven warmth emanating. Timer beeping. Not an un-sticky surface in sight.
That’s the stuff that Christmas cookies are made of. Yes, yes flour and sugar too, but the chaotic kitchen behind the sweet treats is the real magic.
Holiday cookie-making magic is best when shared, that is why I have come together with the some of my favorite bloggers to celebrate a Holiday Cookie Party! Combing the creativity and talent of twelve bakers to bring you an entirely gluten-free and vegan cookie recipe collection with treats of every shape, size, and sweet flavor.
For my own contribution to the Holiday Cookie Party, I created these festive Gingerbread Fig Bars. Think gingerbread man in a Fig Newton costume. Two of my favorite cookies combined.
Ginger molasses cookie + sweet seedy fig filling. So much yum…
Non-vegan dad approved. Actually, non-vegan dad went back for seconds!
Gingerbread Fig Bars
FOR THE FILLING: Combine the dried figs, water, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium sauce pan.
Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the figs are soft.
Mash the figs with a potato masher until you have a paste-like consistency.
TO ASSEMBLE: Roll out the chilled cookie dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut off any ragged edges to make a rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half width wise.
Working on one of the halves, spread a line of filling about 1 inch wide down the length closer to one edge. Fold the other side of the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together to close. Cut into 4 cookies. Or just see diagram.
Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 12 minutes at 350F.
Now let’s see what everyone else brought to the party…
2. Gingerbread Fig Bars – Me!
With so many mouth-watering choices, which cookie do you want to try first?