Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fig Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

This is something I whipped up last week.  I was in the kitchen getting lunch ready for my little one when I all of a sudden had the urge to make Oatmeal Cookies.  Yes, that really does happen to me. I will be carrying on like normal, going about my day and BANG I am overpowered by some kind of culinary craving.  I don't know what set me off this time but I all of a sudden I needed a warm Oatmeal Cookie.

Let me be clear though, I did not want just any Oatmeal Cookie, I wanted something little out of the ordinary.  I needed a cookie with a little spice and a hint of the exotic. I needed an Oatmeal Cookie that would capture the best flavours of this holiday season.

And so I ended up rooting through my pantry, trying to design a combination that will satisfy my craving. I started with the familiar; comforting oatmeal, rich brown sugar and a touch of whole wheat flour for a hint of nutty flavour as the base.

Then I began to layer in the more exotic flavours. For texture and intense sweetness I added dried figs and paired them with buttery pistachios.  Next, I added cinnamon, ground coriander seed and a bit of orange zest.  In the end I was quite happy with the result.  The cookies were chewy and soft, just as a proper Oatmeal Cookie should be and the combination of flavours seemed perfect for the Holiday Season.  Better yet, my eldest daughter said they were the best cookies ever and she was really glad I am her mom!  So happy I listened to my cravings!

Fig Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 3/4 cups shelled, salted pistachios
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl or in a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs, orange zest and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate small bowl mix together all the dry ingredients including the spices. Add to the butter, sugar and egg mixture. Mix until well combined. Stir in the chopped figs and pistachios.
  4. Scoop about one heaping tablespoon of batter per cookie. Roll slightly and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat sheet. Flatten the dough a bit with the tines of a fork. Leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until the centres are just set and the edges are brown.
  6. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack. Let them cool as long as you can and then enjoy!


  1. Beautiful pictures. These cookies look (and are) delicious.

    Thank you for the post.

  2. Hi DRS,

    Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  3. Those look fantastic! The fig and pistachio combo sounds delicious - I'll have to keep that in mind to try. Plus I love that you used some whole wheat flour :D

  4. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for your comment. I was thinking up upping the amount of Whole Wheat flour the next time b/c I really liked the flavour.


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