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Figgy Newtons

15 Feb

What else would I do with a family figgy jam recipe except make fig newtons!

My very first memory of fig newtons was of the one in the yellow package that tasted real sweet and light.  And came on your grocery stores shelves.  One day my mom took me to a health store in the mall to get her vitamins.  Normally a kid would hate going to such a shop.  But I loved this shop because as well as vitamins, they carried big bins of giant, dense, bran fig newtons.  And in three flavors!  Apple , raspberry and plain.

Although I have no idea how to make these wonderful newtons from my childhood, but I have another favorite.  My recipe for buttery newtons make a light and slightly crisped newton, that will make anybody a fig lover.


1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

31/2 cups All-purpose flour or more for rolling
1 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 pint Fig jam (previous post)


Cream butter and sugar well. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition. Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and blend. In the first cup of flour, add baking powder and salt. Continue adding flour until the mixture is the proper consistency for rolling dough on floured board.

To make fig newtons, divide dough into 2 parts. Roll between 2 pieces of waxed paper, about 8 inches square. Remove top layer of waxed paper,  Spoon jam on half. Fold dough on center line. Cut in squares.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until light tan. Cool on rack. Store in tight containers.


Apple Skillet Cake

3 Mar

Yummy apple goodness

This is one of my favorite recipes ever!  Why?  Well…I kind of have a confession to make.  I am in love with German Pancakes and Apple Crisp!  I have so much love for these two recipes that I make each of them a minimum of twice per week!  A lot of times when I come home I just want something that I know will hold me off until dinner.  We eat late.   Thank goodness I have a high metabolism and stay active:)

When I discovered this recipe in my Sunset Magazine, I immediately went to my kitchen and made the damn thing.  It was like heaven.  A giant German pancake with apples and brown sugar:)   Are you serious?  It’s so simple and yummy that I am glad I didn’t discover it before I found out about Microwave Apple Crisp (coming soon).


  • 3tbsp butter
  • ¼ cp packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 sweet apple
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cp flour and milk each
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice and powdered sugar


Preheat Oven 425

Melt butter in cast iron fry pan or oven proof dish or skillet,

add cinnamon and sugar and swirl,

add apple and cook until just starting to soften about 3 minutes

Whisk together eggs, salt, flour and milk for 2 minutes.

Pour egg mixture into pan and bake until puffed and brown- about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

Makes 6 delicious servings for breakfast, brunch or dessert!