I used ordinary figs. They'd be even better with great figs. And really good dates would work very well too. Now that I know about those. I used ordinary figs combined with ordinary dates. Since then I've had excellent figs and outstanding dates. That's what got me thinking about this again. I mentioned all this to a woman working at Trader Joe's and she asked me if I tried their brand. She ran off and came right back and opened a package of Trader Joe's fig Newtons and gave me one. It's very good, much better than Nabisco, but still a bit too much dough for my preference. Then the fig taste hit like a blast, and that taste stayed in my mouth for the next half hour or so. It's an obnoxiously enduring flavor sensation bomb and I could see why they make the dough so thick. Then I could hear the woman throughout the store offering fig Newtons to customers.
Figs are cut into small pieces, that makes a mess of your knife, and the pieces dropped into a pot and simmered with water to form a thick fig-date sludge. This mixture can be spread on anything, toast, crackers, apple slices and the like. It lasts forever in the refrigerator. And it's better than anything you can buy.
And I mean it.
The dough is similar to shortbread, except baked softer.
1.5 Cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (a nearly insignificant amount)
1 stick butter (1/4 Lb. that's 1/2 cup, rather a lot for so little flour)
1/3 cup sugar
Cream the sugar and butter.
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons orange juice. Seems like the zest would be very good too.
The high butter to flour ratio is what makes this dough short.
Those two things ↑ simmered in water until they blend to desired viscosity.
The dough is very buttery.
The rectangle is cut in half, each half scored in half
Oh man, these things are good. A guy could get fat eating these. They must be given away. And when you do, you'll be hailed as master baker. I'm pretty sure that's what they were saying.