Fig and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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Author Notes: The original idea behind these was breakfast cookies, but to be honest, I really just decided to make cookies that I felt like eating at that moment. These were they! They were inspired by oatmeal fig cookies from Ana Sortun's Sofra Bakery in Watertown combined with the mind-blowingly good chocolate stuffed (and dipped) figs from Fran's Chocolates in Seattle. They're coast to coast cookies! Then I added coconut too because I had some and it sounded good. It was. I totally did eat these for breakfast. fiveandspice

Makes about 2-dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons salted butter, at room temp.
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 ounces chopped dark chocolate (I like 70% cacao)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped dried figs (if they're really dry, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before using)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes) in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the mixer as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together all the remaining ingredients. Stir these into the butter mixture on low speed until fully combined with no dry floury patches left.
  3. Refrigerate the dough 30-60 minutes before proceeding. Heat your oven to 350F. Scoop the dough in 2-3 Tbs. scoops onto baking sheets. Bake each sheet one at a time (keep the full sheets that aren't being baked in the fridge until it's their turn) until the cookies are golden around the edges but still look a tad doughy in the middles, about 15-18 minutes, rotating each baking sheet halfway through the bake time.
  4. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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about 1 month ago Franchon Whitby McIntyre

Figs! Coconut! Chocolate! All in one cookie? What's not to like?

I made these cookies yesterday morning. Wow! Insanely gooey and decadent. Next time, I'd up the oatmeal to 1 1/2 c and reduce the amount of figs to 1 cup so they have more body.

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3 months ago charlotte

These were easy and mindblowingly amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I found it a little too sweet for my liking so will be reducing the sugar the next time I make them (oh yes, I will be making these again and again). Also halved the chocolate. Could not taste much coconut so may try to increase a little of that too. Wanted to sub in some whole wheat flour but was skeptical it may change the consistency, so only subbed in a quarter of the AP flour. These were magical. Oh thank youuuu! <3

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5 months ago Erica

I just made these and they are perfect! I left out the extra 3 Tblsp of butter and subbed in 1/2 cp whole wheat flour with 1 1/4 cps of all purpose flour. I thoroughly chilled the dough before baking. My chocolate chunks were pretty chunky (bigger than chips) and I think that made the cookie pretty special. Thanks!

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6 months ago Anna Biton

These sound delicious but I don't like my sweets to be super sweet. How much sugar do you think I can reduce without messing up the texture?

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10 months ago little.anomaly

Would this work with fresh figs?

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Fresh figs will add more moisture, but if you have fairly firm fresh figs - like just ripe, not at all overripe - then it might work. I would try it and see! I think they may turn out with a different texture, but I think it could still work.

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11 months ago skm818

I made these but, excuse the substitutions: no figs- soaked raisins in rum and used those, used toasted chopped walnuts and no chocolate or coconut this time. Great anyway. Wish I hadn't read comments about spread, cause I added more flour and they were a bit more "cake-like" than I wanted. But great, nonetheless!

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad you liked them. I like them closer to one cup of flour, but people were reporting the cookies being too flat, so we upped the flour amount. I think that for whatever reason these cookies are a little sensitive to things like humidity and temperature, so they may require little adjustments to get them just to your own personal liking.

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over 1 year ago Nancy Henderson

Love a good 'breakfast' cookie :-) Has anyone used chopped dried prunes instead of figs?? would this work? More of a 'prune' person than a 'fig' person (not sure what that implies, if anything :-). thanks!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Well, you're probably a bad person for not liking figs ;-), but I think chopped prunes would be delicious. Prunes are nearly always delicious.

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over 1 year ago Nancy Henderson

Thanks! I'll work on the fig thing.

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over 1 year ago shahira

these were awesome but next time I think I might sub half of the butter with the apple sauce trick to reduce calories a bit.. love the combo and added walnuts to half of them

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad you liked them! If you try them with applesauce, let me know how they turn out! That would certainly make them more breakfast-y :).

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over 1 year ago Grace

What happens if I sub Blue Agave for the granulated sugar and cut the butter by 3 tbls? These recipes sound really good, but trying to eat as healthy as possible. Thanks. Grace

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over 1 year ago Amy Ghiz

Hi, I chilled the dough for over an hour and ended up with super flat cookies, too. The butter-to-flour ratio seems high -- would upping the flour to two cups help?

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Upping the flour should help. The ratio In this recipe is based on Joanne Chang's oatmeal cookies. I wonder if it works for me because I'm in such an absurdly dry climate! I made the World Peace cookies and Thomas Keller's shortbread the other day and both turned out disastrous. Way too dry, even though I weighed the ingredients!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I'll update the recipe to reflect your experiences, though!

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over 1 year ago chez_mere

Has anyone else had problems with these spreading waaaaaay too much while baking? I chilled the dough for ~45 minutes as instructed, but they still ended up flat as pancakes. Delicious pancakes mind you.

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Hmmm, I've never had that problem with this oatmeal cookie base recipe. It does sound like what happens if the butter is too melty. Maybe it got too warm in the creaming process so it needed even more chilling?