Monday, August 25, 2008

Spiced Cookie Wrapped Figs

Welcome to Day 1 of the Fig Fun Week!

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
  • Milk
  • 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!

37 comments:

Dee said...

You're so clever, I can't stand it ;)
CC they look amazing, and I bet they tasted great with the 5 spice. Never tried using that in my sweets. Thanks!

Prudy said...

Clumbsy, why aren't you famous??? Maybe it's just a matter of time. You have the best ideas. Someone should be paying you millions for them.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Why does the phrase "naked fig" make me giggle?

Mabye it's because fig leaves are supposed to cver nudity, not the other way around? ;-D

Katrina said...

I'm kind of bummed, I've never tasted a fig, cooked or baked with one and don't really ever see them around here, so I probably can't join in the fun this week. But I am excited to see all you have up your sleeve! ;)

Adam said...

You're amazing! Where are you finding ideas for each day of the week? I love figs, so this is probably going to be one of my favorite weeks ever.

Ya know, I'm making a fig dessert today. There. Done. Yup. Thanks :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've been planning things I should try with figs this season, and I love the look of this! It sounds delicious and looks great. lol, I wish I had a fig tree down the block...

Cakespy said...

Oh my! I never knew I loved figs...but apparently you did, because seeing this I can't stop thinking about them! Beautiful!

Ben said...

Oh I am speechless now. What a great dessert!

Leslie said...

I wouldnt know what to do with a fig if it slapped me in the face! But this sure looks yummy!

Cakebrain said...

I'd rather eat this than fig newtons anyday! looks scrumptious!

Emily said...

I love your fig week! I can honestly say that I have never cooked with figs! (Gasp) In know! I don't like fig newtons so I think I have been brain washed, but your cookies look wonderful!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look too fun to eat! I love it and I've never even had figs!

Alexa said...

Hi,
Love this idea (I saw you pic in foodgawker) but I can't read your post. For some reason the print blends into the background. I thought you would like to know since maybe other people are having the same issue...

Lisa said...

Very creative! Yum!

Reeni said...

I love figs! You are so lucky to have access to fresh ones. The only ones I can find here are dried ones! Those cookies look divine, love the spice mix, and am dreaming of how awesome they taste!!

Sophie said...

Wow! figs are so sweet and desserty, I love them....then wrapped in a cookie?! YUMMY! And don't you just love that fun color? These are like little presents, with perfect wrapping :).

Carol--Where's My Damn Answer? said...

Wow those look good! My neighbor has more figs than she knows what to do with. I may have to take her up on her offer to give me some and try these.

Thanks for stopping by our blog! How to see you back soon!

Carol--Where's My Damn Answer? said...

Wow those look good! My neighbor has more figs than she knows what to do with. I may have to take her up on her offer to give me some and try these.

Thanks for stopping by our blog! How to see you back soon!

Carol said...

oops sorry about the double post--didn't mean to do that!

Carol

Zen Chef said...

How thoughtful of you to cover naked figs in cookie dough. Very nice as always! :-)

Jeanine said...

Wow, that is really cool! Love the mini-pie/cookie idea! I've never baked with fresh figs, I don't think I've even seen a fresh fig before. Very interesting!

Krysta said...

holy cow... what a clever idea. i wonder what kind of other fruits you could use?

noble pig said...

Seriously that is so cool. And Five Spice, even cooler.

Colloquial Cook said...

Very cool idea!! Figs are genius on their own, but the cookie wrap is a great improvement!!

Peabody said...

Wow, those are great!

morgana said...

Esto de vestir los higos y desnudarlos tiene su puntito picantón, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta la acepción que los higos pueden tener por estos lares...

En cualquier caso ¡Qué imaginación! Me encanta el invento ¿se podrá aplicar a otras frutas?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm amazed by the amount of people that never tasted a fresh fig! I really thought they were much more comunly available everywhere! Maybe you can use dry figs doing this, it will be like a Fig Newton I'm imaginning... Or other fruits, like apple pieces (I'll try that myself), bananas and even strawberries.
Anyway thank you so much for the lovely comments! I hope you don't get to tired this week with all the fig craziness!

Ivy said...

Wow! you are brilliant!

Aggie said...

Oh my!! I absolutely love figs...this is great that you are doing this, I'm going to be drooling every day I can already tell! These and the chocolate ones look amazing!

Dragon said...

Genius! Pure genius and so beautiful. I'm in awe.

Ann said...

I don't even know what to say. How do you come up with this clever stuff over and over and over? It's just not fair to rest of us peons. :)

Jude said...

What an awesome idea. I want some! This has to be the most creative use of Chinese Five-spice I've seen.

linda said...

Love this idea, maybe I like them this way.
Should try the 5 spice powder, have an unopened package that I still want to use in something....cookies is a great idea :)

Maggie said...

This is such a clever idea and the five spice sounds wonderful. Is there are reason you peeled the fig instead of putting it in whole?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Jude, Linda and Maggie, oh yes please do try the 5 spice powder in sweets! Or just add it to plain sugar cookies and then we'll talk, lol!

Maggie- I don't really enjoy the skin of the fig, but if you don't have a problem with it you can certanly leave it!

Kevin said...

What a great idea!

ttfn300 said...

fantastically creative!!!