Fabulous Fig Bars

16 ouncesValley Fig Growers Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission or Calimyrna Figs, stems trimmed and figs coarsely chopped
½ cupChopped walnuts
⅓ cupSugar
¼ cupRum or orange juice
2 TablespoonsHot water
½ cupButter, softened
1 cupPacked brown sugar
1 largeEgg
1- ½ cupsAll-purpose flour
½ teaspoonBaking soda
1- ¼ cupsOld fashioned oats

 

Heat oven to 350 F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Combine figs, walnuts, sugar, rum and hot water; set aside.

Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix until smooth. Stir in flour and baking soda; blend in oats to make a soft dough. Reserve 1 cup dough.

With floured fingertips, press thin layer of remaining dough in bottom of prepared pan. Firmly pat fig mixture over dough. Drop reserved dough by teaspoonfuls over top, allowing fig mixture to show between drops.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Drizzle with rum glaze*.

*Rum Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 3-4 teaspoons rum or orange juice until smooth.


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