Fig Halwas with Sesame Seeds and Walnuts

Fig Halwas with Sesame Seeds and Walnuts

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  • 1 cup dried dried figs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 25 half-pieces walnuts, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Soak figs in hot water for 30 minutes; drain and finely chop.

Combine figs, sugar, flour, egg, orange zest, milk, butter, cinnamon and chopped walnuts in a bowl to form a dough. Form walnut-size pieces of dough into a balls. Roll cookies in sesame seeds until completely covered. Press a half-piece of walnut on top of each cookie. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until set. Serve at room temperature.