Fig and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

December 12, 2013

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: If you eat these for breakfast, then they are breakfast cookies. 

Chocolate fig cookies from Food52 

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I’m going to preface this by saying, yes, I have a degree in nutrition. Soon I will have two of them, actually. As such, on the record, I do not condone eating cookies for breakfast. Off the record, however, I will admit that -- condone or not -- I find cookies often taste best before 10am. Why is that?

I’ve seen recipes for breakfast cookies that are full of whole grains and nuts, puréed fruits and no sugar. These are not those cookies. I started out with good intentions. I went into the kitchen with the purpose of making a breakfast cookie. But I was derailed by the desire to just make a cookie I felt like eating at that moment. I would eat a healthy lunch, I figured. 

Chocolate fig oatmeal cookies from Food52 

My starting inspiration was the oatmeal fig cookie from Sofra Bakery, where I used to always go for a snack if I ever had to go to a doctor’s appointment (it was near my doctor’s office). This cookie was a sort of vaguely Middle Eastern take on a classic oatmeal raisin cookie and terribly addictive. (And starting with oatmeal was my concession to the notion of breakfast.) From there I thought of the fantastic chocolate stuffed figs from Fran’s Chocolates and I threw in chunks of a deep dark chocolate bar. Figs plus chocolate are already swoon-worthy in my estimation, but then, then I added some shredded coconut. Just because I could.  

These cookies are buttery and chewy, soft in the middle and nicely crisp around the edges, with sweet nuttiness from the oats and coconut. The abundant chunks of figs and chocolate make every bite exciting. And if you eat them for breakfast, well then they’re breakfast cookies!

Chocolate fig cookies from Food52

Fig and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 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 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Emily Vikre

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (, where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.


Mike B. December 13, 2013
I make oatmeal cookies all the time , I am trying yours out and am having them for breakfast to.
fiveandspice December 13, 2013
Hope you like them!
mrslarkin December 12, 2013
yay! oatmeal cookies for breakfast! (i put jam on mine, so there's no question it's a breakfast item.)
fiveandspice December 13, 2013
No question at all!
Midge December 12, 2013
I'd be happy to eat these any time of day. I had a doctor near Sofra too and loved to eat lunch there and then make the rounds to Formaggio and Hi-Rise.
fiveandspice December 13, 2013
I'm surprised I never saw you. That was totally my circuit too! :)
Kristen M. December 12, 2013
You should have seen the cookie I had yesterday for breakfast. (Actually, it'll be up on the site soon!)

But seriously, how is that? Pre-10am is also the only time I think cheap Halloween candy is a good idea. Thank you for these -- they're much more sensible.
fiveandspice December 12, 2013
Ooh, can't wait to see it! I swear there's just something about how your tastebuds evolve through the day that make certain things taste better in the morning! Somebody should research that.