Figs are such a delicious fruit when fresh or dried, but I often delegate them into a healthy role as a snack in between meals. I hadn’t thought about pairing them with chocolate until Mike came home with some Ficoco spread that he bought while in Florida. It’s a delicious and more healthy alternative to Nutella. It’s also fat-free, but not when spread on these butter-laden but sinfully chewy yet slightly sandy cookies.
It’s rainy spring season, as opposed to rainy fall season, which while not as depressing because it’s light out until 8PM is still able to soak into your bones and make you feel damp and drab most of the time. It’s when no matter how much you clean a room it still smells like a combination of cleanser and wet dog, even though the dog moved out with the previous owners over 3 years ago. The only thing to kill this smell is food preparation. I knew these cookies would make me feel good, make the house smell good, and maybe warm things up until we get our next 1/2 hour sunny spell.
Chocolate Cookies, from Grand Central’s Baking Book
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Ficoco Fig and Chocolate Spread (available at Whole Foods)
Combine flour, cocoa, and salt into bowl, and set aside.
Cream sugar and butter together in mixer for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add vanilla and put on lower speed.
Slowly add dry ingredients until incorporated.
This mixture will be -very- crumbly, and it’s best to shape the dough into a log shape on top of plastic wrap, wrap up, and put in the fridge for at least a 1/2 hour.
Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
Once the dough is firm enough, slice the log into medallions and put into oven for about 15 minutes.
Be careful when taking the cookies off the cookie sheet for cooling, as they’re very delicate and prone to breaking. However, once they’ve cooled they are quite firm.
Add the chocolate-fig spread to one cookie, match it with another similarly shaped one and press together.