Fig & Walnut Shortbread Bars

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The best part of packing lunches as a kid was pulling those soft, fig-filled cookies from the yellow plastic package. While you stashed a few in your box for later, you always took one for the road. You ate it immediately, of course, having difficulty resisting that sweet, fruity filling and fluffy pastry crust. Now that both you and your taste buds are grown up, you need this almost-gourmet, adult-approved version of the favorite snack. This fig bar recipe will remind you of childhood while offering a zesty flavor more in tune with your mature tastes. The best part? No crinkly plastic wrap slowing you down!

Gluten-Free Walnut & Fig Bar Cookies | Vitacost Blog


2 cups figs, stems removed
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp. walnut butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla
3 tsp. cinnamon
Lime zest
Orange zest
Batter from Resistant Starch Shortbread with Nuts (prior to baking)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together all ingredients except for shortbread. Once mixture begins to bubble, remove from heat and let thicken.
  2. Spread fig mixture onto shortbread batter. Layer with another layer of shortbread batter, like a sandwich. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Slice into bars or square cookies to serve.