Fig Layer Bars
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Serves: 12 large bars, or 24 small bars
A classic fruit layer bar that highlights rich fig filling.
  • Filling:
  • 12 ounces dried figs, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Crust/Topping:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¾ cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • cinnamon for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the fig filling, use a medium-sized saucepan and combine the figs, sugar, walnuts, water and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has melted and filling slightly thickened, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. For the crust/topping, use either a standing or hand-held mixer and cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla,cinnamon, salt, rolled oats and flour. Mix until just blended.
  4. Butter a glass baking dish, either a 7½ X 12-inch or 9 X 13-inch, and pat ⅔ of the crust mixture into the bottom of it.
  5. Spread the fig filling evenly over the crust.
  6. Using your fingers, drop small crumbles of topping over the filling. Sprinkle with a final dusting of cinnamon.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes until topping has turned light brown. Cool before cutting into bars.
Recipe by Liz The Chef at