Let's start with a Cookie Wrapped Fig, think of it as a blanket wrapping a naked fig! These are pretty simple to make but you'll end up with great looking special cookies that you can dress up as you like. I don't even know if they should be called cookies or micro pies or what, but either way you want to call them, they are delicious!
SPICED COOKIE WRAPPED FIGS
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 100 gr butter (at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp Chinese Five Spice *
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- Fresh figs
- Icing sugar
- Chopped pistachios (optional)
Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat more until the they're completely incorporated in the butter-sugar mixture. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and the chinese five spice, and add to the first mixture. Mix just until all comes together. Form a ball, wrapp in cling film and take to the fridge at least 2 hours. You can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze.
Peel some figs (the amount will depend on the size of them, but you can start with about 12). Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it as you would to make cut-out cookies. Place the figs spread-out on top of the rolled dough and cut circles around them that could be big enough to wrap them. Wrap the dough arround each fig, rolling it in between your hands to mantain the fig shape. You'll have a lot of dough at the top, just cut it and shape it a bit thinner, like the top of real figs. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180ºC (350ºF) until golden brown.
You can leave them plain, but I did a thin icing to give them a nice shine. You can go crazy and do a green icing to make them really similar to real figs, I know they'll be super cool in green because green is really popular right now!
For the icing just mix powder sugar with milk until you have a consistence that you're happy with. There's no going wrong here, you can make a thicker one and roll the fig cookies in it or you can make a thinner one and poor it over them. The one that I made had the consistency of liquid yogurt and I applied it with a small brush. I then put some chopped pistachios on top of each cookie/fig while the icing was still wet.
* I love to use Chinese Five Spice in sweets and I think it was a good way to say goodbye to the Chinese Olympics! It worked really well with the figs, but if you don't have it just use any spices you fancy. Chinese Five Spice is a blend of 5 spices that usually are cinnamon (or cassia), anise seeds, star anise, ginger and cloves, so you can even make your own if you want.
I was very happy with these! Imagine bitting into a crumbly spiced cookie and finding a soft but still kind of fresh fig. Are you imagining it allready? Don't you wanna eat it? So, go! Go make yourself some! What? You don't have figs? Try with other fruits and let me know!
Just look at that fig inside!
Was this fig fun or what? Do you like chocolate? So come back tomorrow then, for Day 2 of Fig Fun Week!