Soft and Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Soft and Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

The only way a fig had ever been eaten in my house was in a Fig Newton. Then one day we found ourselves with a bucket full of fresh figs from a neighbors fig tree. 

Other than trying to make our own Fig Newtons, I had no clue what to do with these figs, but we weren’t going to let them go bad, either. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure what exactly a fig tastes like to know what type of food to make with them. 


The boys tried them on their own and weren’t too keen on them. I think they didn’t like the texture of the fresh figs. But, I don’t blame them, I didn’t either. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

In our search for a recipe, we came across quite a few recipes that used them to make a snack bar. I thought about trying to make homemade Fig Newtons, but that sounded like way more work than I wanted at the time (I may still try it one day). 

We’ve now made these bars twice, once with fresh figs, the other with dried figs. We all preferred the fresh figs, but our local grocery store doesn’t keep them fresh. I actually ran into the store manager when I was there and he asked if I was finding everything ok and I told him no, I couldn’t find figs and he brought me to the aisle with dried fruit. I said I was hoping for fresh and he said they didn’t sell enough so he doesn’t stock them anymore. 


Step by Step

Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a square baking dish. To soften the butter, I put it in a small pan and placed it in the oven for about 30 seconds to save energy.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, make the crust by beating the butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until it’s well blended. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Use the lowest speed on the mixer to beat in the flour until it makes a soft dough that may be slightly crumbly.

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Press the dough into the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 15 minutes, until the center is set.

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Whether you are using fresh or dried figs, they need to be chopped into small pieces. You want them big enough to still have shape, but small enough that they are bite-sized even for the kids. 

While the crust is baking, add the figs to a medium saucepan. If you are using fresh figs, add the sugar but do not add the water. If the figs are dried, then you need to add one cup of water. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars
Fresh Figs

Heat the figs over medium-high heat for about 5-10 minutes making sure to stir frequently so they don’t stick to the pan. Heat until most of the liquid has absorbed. 

Once the crust is set and cools for a few minutes, spread the fig mixture over the crust. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars
Dried Figs

In a small bowl, use a pastry blender (or two butter knives) to cut the cold butter into the flour and brown sugar. Then stir in the oats. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Sprinkle the topping over the figs and bake for about 15-20 minutes. The edges should start to bubble and the topping will cook to a golden brown color. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

Let the bars cool completely, usually about one hour, before cutting into bars. 

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars
Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars
Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

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Recipe

Soft & Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars
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5 from 2 votes

Fig Streusel Bars

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: fig
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour

Filling

  • 9 oz dried figs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Streusel

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter cold
  • 1/4 cup oats

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a square baking dish. 
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, make the crust by beating the butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until it’s well blended.
  • Use the lowest speed on the mixer to beat in the flour until it makes a soft dough that may be slightly crumbly.
  • Press the dough into the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 15 minutes, until the center is set.

Filling

  • Chop the figs into small pieces.
  • While the crust is baking, add the figs to a medium saucepan with the sugar and water.
  • Heat the figs over medium-high heat for about 5-10 minutes making sure to stir frequently so they don’t stick to the pan until most of the liquid has absorbed.
  • Once the crust is set and cools for a few minutes, spread the fig mixture over the crust.

Streusel

  • In a small bowl, use a pastry blender (or two butter knives) to cut the cold butter into the flour and brown sugar then stir in the oats.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the figs and bake for about 15-20 minutes. The edges should start to bubble and the topping will cook to a golden brown color.
  • Let the bars cool completely, usually about one hour, before cutting into bars.
Soft and Crumbly Fig Streusel Bars

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