These orange fig bars happened because I’ve become quite enamored with figs. My travels in the last couple of years have taken me to several places where fig trees grow, and I’ve been on a fresh fig fiesta ever since. (Try my recipe for manchego grilled cheese paninis with fig and prosciutto.)
But here’s the thing… these fig bars are so deliciously addictive that I couldn’t stop eating them after I baked them. So I decided I’d better cut them into smaller bite-sized pieces. Good idea, but it still didn’t stop me from eating them. So eventually, I popped them all in the freezer to slow myself down. I’m such a nuisance for myself.
Now, if the only fig experience you have up until now involves the classic fig cookie, you’re in luck. These orange fig bars actually taste just like them (but with a burst of orange flavor). Phenomenal, y’all!
Orange Fig Bars
When you mix up the batter for the bars, it’s going to be very thick, so don’t worry! Just spread it carefully in the baking dish.
I added a glaze and sprinkled on some walnuts after they baked, but you could certainly mix the walnuts into the batter pre-baking if you like. I just have this aversion to biting into desserts and encountering a mystery crunch. I need to see the nuts, and be prepared for them. Therefore, I typically go nut-free in the center.
Anyhow, the bars are soft and chewy, and dare I say it… slap yo’ mama good.
Orange Fig Bars
- 1 box orange cake mix
- 10 oz fig preserves
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 egg
- Optional: chopped walnuts to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 8x11-inch pan.
- Combine all wet ingredients. Slowly add cake mix into wet ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Drizzle with icing and sprinkle on walnuts if desired.
Enjoy! They’re ridiculously scrumptious!