Our recipe this month won a contest…one where the participants were to come up with a cookie to savor with port. Chocolate and port, we are told, are perfect partners so it is of no surprise the winner combines chocolate and port infused figs…along with some toasted walnuts.
The first question I had was…what is port 🤷♀️😂. Had to google it…my knowledge consisted of when I am reading, people drinking “port”, but I didn’t actually know what it was. THAT is what I love the most about this baking group…truly expands our world and experiences. I have now, found, bought, baked with, and tasted port!
I would say these cookies were easy to put together. First things are to toast the walnuts and simmer the figs in the port until they absorb all the liquid.
Next you combine the batter ingredients..butter, sugars, flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Then add in the figs and walnuts. The dough is then split into two and rolled into two logs about 12 inches long. Wrapped and frozen for an hour…or as is suggested overnight so the flavors can meld together. That is what I did..which made it really easy to make the cookies the following day.
The logs are cut into rounds and then popped in the oven for a very specific 14 min which was perfect timing.
My only experience with figs, is eating Fig Newtons as a kid haha. That sure takes me back…I don’t know if they even still make them. I was curious to see if I would still like the flavor…although paired with chocolate I figured we were on to something!
These were delicious…a favorite with EVERYONE..top tier of the recipes I have made I was told…and given an A+ from my son! Who knew haha. I was informed I will need to make them again, so a real winner! My husband said it was one of his favorite cookies I have made…I was like, even better than the Mokonut Rye Cranberry…and he said, I think so! 😂
I am not sure what made everyone love them so much as we aren’t fig eaters or port drinkers but the combo was super tasty!
This one is a keeper for sure.