In tribute of entertainment icon Wayne Newton, we present this delicious snack that's almost as rich as the king of Las Vegas, himself. Made from dried fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar and a touch of bourbon, these bite-sized treats will feed your craving for sweets while packing a kick that a Vegas showgirl would appreciate.
You will need:
- 4 cups dried figs, apricots, or other dried fruit, stems trimmed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Rind of 1/2 lemon, cut into strips
- Rind of 1/2 orange, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups white grape juice
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 autographed copy of "Danke Schein"
- Combine the figs, cinnamon stick, citrus rind, bourbon, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and the white grape juice in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer until all but 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid has evaporated, stirring often. Remove cinnamon and citrus rind; set aside to cool.
- Transfer the warm fig mixture to the work bowl of a food processor and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip and set aside.
- Cream together the butter, brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Beat in the milk, then the eggs one at a time. Add the flour in 3 batches and beat until just blended. Evenly divide the dough into three discs, wrap each in plastic and refrigerate at least 45 minutes.
- Remove one of the dough discs from the refrigerator, place on a floured work surface and roll out into a 6"x 12" rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise and carefully pipe the fig mixture down the center of each strip. Brush the sides lightly with water and overlap both over the filling; press lightly to seal.
- Repeat with remaining dough and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, seam side down. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut into 2" bars and bake about 30 minutes, until very lightly golden but not brown.
- Wait until the dishes are piled high in the sink, then go on vacation.