Food Network’s Virtual Cookie Swap – Ginger Fig Crumb Bars

Parker is getting a special treat in his lunch today — cookies!

And he has the Food Network to thank for it.

My contribution to the network’s Virtual Cookie Swap just had to land in his lunch. So today, you — and he — can enjoy one of my favorite cookies. Be sure to check out the other cookie ideas at the bottom of the post.

Ginger Fig Crumb Bars

            These bars are buttery, fruity and ever-so-slightly cakey. The dried apricots and figs produce a thick, rich filling, while the ginger and pine nuts lend warm and nutty flavors to the crumb topping. Just about any dried fruit can be substituted for the figs.

How long? 40 minutes (15 minutes active)
How much? 9 servings

1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornmeal
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small chunks
½ pound dried apricots
½ pound dried figs
¼ cup crystallized ginger (also called candied ginger)
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
¼ cup pine nuts

Heat the oven to 350˚F.

In a food processor, combine the flour, cornmeal and sugar. Pulse several times to combine. Add the butter, then pulse until the ingredients form a wet, sandy mixture, about 15 seconds.

Transfer three-quarters of the mixture to a 9-by-9-inch pan and use a flat-bottomed cup or glass to press it evenly across the bottom. Set the remaining flour mixture aside in a small bowl.

In the food processor, combine the apricots, figs, ginger and water and process until the fruit forms a thick jam, about 15 seconds.

Using a silicone spatula or large spoon, spread the fruit mixture evenly over the dough in the pan.

Mix the brown sugar into the remaining flour mixture, then crumble it evenly over the fruit. Scatter pine nuts over the dough and press lightly into the surface.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges and pine nuts just begin to brown. Cool before serving. Cut into 9 squares.

MORE COOKIES:
All You Magazine: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Oprah.com: Sugar Cookies
Gilt Taste: Milk Bar Holiday Cookies
Liquor.com: Drink in the Holidays
Cooking Light: Iced Sugar Cookies
MyRecipes.com: Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Food52: Ginger Spiced Molasses Sugar Cookies
Cooking Channel: The White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies “Gingersnaps”
BlogHer: Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies
CafeMom: Marvelous Mini Apple Crisp Cookies
The Daily Meal: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Food Republic: Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookies
EatingWell: 5 Tips for Perfect Gingerbread Cookies
Redbook Magazine: Candy Cane Cookies
Gourmet Live: Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies
AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Ginger Fig Crumb Bars
Fox News: White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Epicurious: Italian Almond Cookies
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cowboy Cookies
FN Dish: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies

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13 Responses to “Food Network’s Virtual Cookie Swap – Ginger Fig Crumb Bars”

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  4. RuthAnn says:

    mmm… these sound lovely. Ginger fig is one of my favorite combinations, and my favorite scent for soap!

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  7. Denise says:

    Did you & Parker pick a Holiday winner? Did I miss it?

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Not yet. I still haven’t heard back from a few of the daily winners. Don’t want to award the book to somebody I can’t send it to. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

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