Figs, Fabulous Figs

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One of the things I learned when I married into an Italian family is that Italians deeply love their fig trees. The home grown fig tree is seen as more than just a tree but as a cherished family member. Fig trees to an Italian family symbolize abundance, good luck, and prosperity. The tradition of growing fig trees and sometimes the tree itself in has been passed down through generations. Italian families take great pride in nurturing their fig trees, meticulously caring for them, and treating them as part of the family. Sharing figs with loved ones and neighbors is a common sight during the fig season, fostering a sense of community and connection. Whether enjoyed fresh from the tree, baked into cookies, or preserved in jars, figs hold a special place in Italian hearts and continue to be celebrated as a symbol of tradition, generosity, and the simple joys of life.

In the spirit of the Italian tradition of sharing figs, I am happy to share with you two recipes for figs. One is a sweet cookie and the other is a tangy fig preserve. I hope you enjoy this end of summer treat. And if you want more fig recipes please go to my previous post – and




  • 3 lbs of figs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of honey bourbon
  • 1/4 cup of finely diced cooked bacon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 chopped jalapenos
  • 1/2 bag of Certo


  • Coarsely chop your figs
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until the reaches 220 degrees F., about 45 minutes
  • Place in sterilized jars and process in a water bath for 10 minutes

Fresh Fig and Pignoli Cookie


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh figs
  • 1/2 cup of pignoli nuts
  • 2 tsp of glazing sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Beat room temperature sugar and butter until light in color and then add room temperature egg
  • Add flour, baking soda and powder, and salt and mix
  • Add the chopped figs and pignoli
  • nuts and mix by hand
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart and sprinkle with finishing sugar
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  • let sit on cookie sheets for 5 minutes for crispier cookies

41 responses to “Figs, Fabulous Figs”

  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    I love fresh figs. My neighbour has a fig tree here in Spain but she isn’t always here, so she has asked me to water and look after it. The payment will be fresh figs for me when it produces. (I see some baby figs immerging).The cookies look very good.

  2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    I seldom find fresh figs here Bernie, so right now I am salivating. This sounds really delicious. Save some for me?

  3. The fig preserve sounds delicious!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    angiesrecipes says:

    Just made a huge fig salad for my husband 🙂 The cookies sound and look really great!

  5. johnrieber – I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, "everyone eats!"
    johnrieber says:

    I will share this tomorrow – terrific look at a fruit I know so little about and never have cooked with….those cookies are the place for me to start!

  6. ajeanneinthekitchen – I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.
    ajeanneinthekitchen says:

    Those recipes sound awesome. I love figs too. 🙂

      • ajeanneinthekitchen – I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.
        ajeanneinthekitchen says:

        Not to bad when they are in season. We get a lot of dried figs though.

  7. Both recipes sound so delicious and tempting. I hope to find some decent figs soon, in order to make them. 🙂

  8. Figs are in abundance in our area and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to use these up before they spoil. Your jam recipe is intriguing with jalapeno! The cookies I will surely make right away. Thank you for these unique fig recipes.

    • I can only imagine how many figs you have in your area. All the beautiful figs we have in the market come from California. I hope you enjoy the recipes. And, if you want to keep the jam vegetarian, leave out the bacon and bourbon and substitute basalmic vinegar for the bourbon.

  9. Hi Bernadette, I love figs, they are my favourite fruit. I shall benchmark these recipes for when our gig season comes around.

  10. I had never heard about Italians and fig trees, fascinating Bernadette! That preserve reecipe hits everything I adore, figs taste amazing.

  11. cookingwithrips – Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!
    Cookingwithrips says:

    I absolute love figs! What a creative way to include them in cookies!

  12. I just love the passion that Italians have for their food! Figs are one of my favorite tree fruits, and can you believe that I only tasted a fresh one for the first time about four years ago?? Anyway, your cookies look great but I’m especially excited about the preserves. You. managed to get bacon and jalapeños in there?! Les would go nuts for some of that and I, of course, want to sneak it onto a dessert pizza! 😋

  13. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    I love fig jam, it’s wonderful paired with so many things. I’ve never heard of putting figs in a cookie, but I can see how they would be very good!

  14. Figs are so delicious, healthy and versatile in recipes! I’m going to try these soon as they return ripe in the markets! Cheers!!

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