Fig Newton Cake

Even though I have not had a Fig Newton in approximately 16+ years, I distinctly remember loving them growing up. I remember my Aunt Kathy and family were visiting us from Michigan around the 4th of July and her daughter, my cousin Jenni brought Fig Newtons to snack on when we went to watch the fireworks in Arlington Heights. I have a tendency to remember things completely wrong, so honestly I don’t know if that is remotely close to how I was introduced to Fig Newtons, but I’m sticking to it regardless.

I really wanted to make homemade Fig Newtons. Maybe I was being nostalgic…or more likely I was just in the mood for cookies. I looked up several different recipes on the internet and went with this one even though I did not read the directions from start to finish. My bad! So when we were about halfway through the recipe we realized it was more involved than we wanted and Kara and I quickly discussed ways we could shorten the recipe but still get a finished product that was Fig Newton-esque.


Even though we did not end up with anything that resembled any Fig Newtons I’ve ever seen, the taste I remembered was right on and it still brought back memories of one of my favorite cookies growing up. Our adaptation to a cake saved us a lot of time and it brought homemade Fig Newtons to us faster. Win-Win.

Here’s what you’ll need

Cream together the butter, sugar, honey, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest

Start making the dough first because you’ll need to refrigerate it

Add the flour and mix until just combined

Oh yeah…add the orange juice too

Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap

Now for the filling…pulse all the filling ingredients together until completely smooth

Press the dough into a pie pan

Par-bake the spread the fig filling on top. Continue baking

Fig Newtons! Err..kind of!