Maple and Fig Shortbread 30.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2015 Dec 1, 2015

These are meant to be served with beer -- specifically, a saison or Belgian strong, dark ale that stands up to the richness of the butter, maple and fig.

Bonus: This egg-free dough comes together by hand; you can use a mixer, but you don't need one.

Make Ahead: The dough needs to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

30 cookies

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Tested size: 30 cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons dark-amber maple syrup
  • 1 cup packed dried black Mission figs, stemmed, each cut in half


Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Add the butter; use a sturdy wooden spoon (or your clean hands) to stir/blend until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and maple syrup; stir for about 1 minute, until well blended, then add the figs and stir until they are evenly distributed. At this point, you should have a soft, slightly crumbly dough.

Lay a wide sheet of plastic wrap on a clean work surface; transfer the dough there and gather/roll it into a cylinder that's about 10 inches long. Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or up to 1 day).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Unwrap the dough; cut it into 30 equal slices, placing as many of them as will fit 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet as you work. Bake (middle rack) one sheet at a time for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheet from front to back halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving or storing. Repeat with any remaining cookie dough.

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Adapted from "Cookies & Beer: Bake, Pair, Enjoy," by Jonathan Bender (Andrews McMeel, 2015).

Tested by Nilar Andrea Chit Tun.

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