Lemon-Frosted Fig Bars

Lemon-Frosted Fig Bars
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Lemon frosting perfectly complements the spicy cake-like bar packed with figs and walnuts.
20 min
Prep Time
1:10
Total Time
36 bars

Ingredients

Bar

1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup
firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup
molasses
1/3 cup
milk
2
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
2 cups
all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons
ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon
baking powder
3/4 teaspoon
baking soda
1/4 teaspoon
salt
1 (8-ounce) package (2 cups)
dried Calimyrna or Smyrna figs*, stems removed, chopped
1/2 cup
chopped walnuts

Frosting

2 1/2 cups
powdered sugar
1/4 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon
freshly grated lemon zest
2 to 3 tablespoons
lemon juice
 
Grated lemon zest
 
*Substitute 1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add molasses, milk and eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in figs and walnuts.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 22-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Combine all frosting ingredients except lemon juice in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough lemon juice for desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled bars. Cut into bars. Sprinkle with grated lemon zest, if desired.

Recipe Tips

- Dried figs should be soft and pliable when purchased, not dry or tough. Also avoid those figs with flattened sides, splits or indications of mold. Look for dried figs with other dried fruits in your supermarket.

- Calimyrna figs (from California) and Smyrna figs (from Turkey) are both light fleshed figs with fewer seeds than the more common black-skinned Mission figs. Mission figs could also be substituted in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories
140
Cholesterol
20mg
Carbohydrates
23g
Protein
2g
Fat
5g
Sodium
85mg
Dietary Fiber
1g

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