Virginia Feature: Oatmeal Fig Squares

Bring on the Holidays! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. So it’s time to start planning your Holiday menu. Peppermint, gingerbread, chestnuts, and figs are just a few of the flavors that make the season bright. The scent and the taste of these Holiday delights bring back great memories of family gatherings from Holidays past. In my family, there were always candy canes on the mantle and plates of gingerbread cookies at the dessert table. The figs, however, were typically just used for decoration. They add a beautiful accent to any cheese tray or wreath, but they make an even better dessert!

Oatmeal Fig Squares are a sweet (and salty) way to add a modern twist to your Holiday menu. They are delicious little squares, loaded with lots of festive, “figgy” flavor. They can be eaten on the go, freeing up the other hand to wrangle your toddler. Or, they can be placed on a fancy plate with chantilly crème and a glass of sweet wine.

Best of all, Oatmeal Fig Squares are easy and fun to make with your little helper. My little one loved pressing down the oatmeal crust, and spreading the fig jam with her spatula. What a fun and tasty activity to do on a chilly winter day.

In preparation for the Holiday season this year, celebrate the frosty temps and twinkling lights with Oatmeal Fig Squares. Joyeuses fêtes and bon appétit!

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Oatmeal Fig Squares

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 Cups - Cold Salted Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups - Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup - Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 12-16oz jar of Fig paste or Fig jam

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ and butter a 9x13 or 8x10 baking dish. Line with parchment for ease of removal and clean up
  2. Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and add to the dry mixture with a pastry cutter
  4. Pour half the mixture into the dish and press down firmly to create the bottom layer
  5. Spoon the fig paste over the pressed oat mixture
  6. Sprinkle the second half of the oat mixture over the top and pat down lightly
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, then let cool completely before cutting into squares
  8. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and enjoy for dessert or an afternoon snack

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