When we made our last trip to Trader Joe's about a month ago, I made sure to stock up on black mission figs so I could make the Chocolate, Fig, and Marsala Pastries - but then I couldn't remember what other recipes I was going to use them in! I went and picked a recipe for Fig and Almond Squares since it looked like it would come together pretty quick and it needed to sit around to cool before it was drizzled with a frosting. I also wanted to have a reason to use the amaretto we had in the pantry! Before you pour the sweet brown sugar dough into the pan, be sure to only coat the bottom with nonstick spray - the batter goes down in a thin layer so these need something to cling to as they bake in the oven. These are chewy with chunks of dried figs, toasted sliced almonds and coconut in each bite. The amaretto infused the bars with a light almond background while just a couple drops are added to the firm frosting to dress the bars with a drizzle of sweetness.
Fig and Almond Squares