Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fig newtons

Happy birthday Lester (last weekend)! Alternate names for these include boozy newtons and fig Leibnitzes, depending on which friend you ask.

cookie dough:
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c sugar
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
6 oz cold butter, cut into cubes (1.5 sticks)
1/4 c half-and-half

Put the dry ingredients (flours through salt) in the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture is uniformly sandy. Add the half-and-half and pulse to make a dough. Scoop the dough onto plastic wrap, form into a rectangle, wrap the plastic wrap tightly around the dough, and stick in the fridge for at least an hour.

to assemble:

~1 c jam (I used ~1/3 c each of mulled fig, Drambuie fig, and blackberry)
floured pastry cloth and rolling pin
parchment-lined baking sheet
room for the baking sheet in the fridge

Cut the dough into three strips. Put two of the pieces back in the fridge, and start working with the other one. Roll it on the floured pastry cloth into a ~12"x5" rectangle, carefully flipping it over from time to time and re-flouring the other side *before* it starts sticking. Carefully transfer onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and put in the fridge. Roll out the other two strips the same way, always keeping the dough you aren't working with in the fridge. When all three strips are rolled out, return to the first one and spread one kind of jam down the middle third of the dough. Carefully fold the two jamless sides over the jammed center, then press together the folded sides where it split and the seam in the middle, but don't worry if it doesn't seal back up perfectly. Repeat with the other dough strips and jams, slice each roll into 10 ~1" cookies, then put all the assembled cookies in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400F while you're waiting. Put the cookies in the oven, immediately turn down the temperature to 350F, and bake for 25 min until nicely golden.

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