pine nut shortbread cookies with figs, goat cheese spread, and balsamic glaze

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in uncategorized | 15 comments

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

Can I just make this post into one of those “educational” posts where I share several interesting facts about a certain topic? You know…those extremely crucial facts that I pretend to have created and founded myself after an extended time of research, but that you may have very well googled and found for yourself after typing one or two simple words into google?

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

Can I just make this post into one of those where I pretend to have always been truly knowledgeable about the subject matter? You know…one of those posts where I share critically important information that I pretend to have acquired years ago, in my extensive culinary and pastry academic work, but that I really just discovered a few days ago while surfing the internet just like you are right now?

In other words, can we make this into one of those posts where I pretend to know what the hell I’m talking about?

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

Okay, great. We can now proceed. Let’s talk about figs then. Please allow me to share with you some quick facts that I just learned about myself. It may make you view this underestimated fruit in a different light.

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

Figs are wonderful. They really are. This much I discovered at a very young age, when I took recent trips to my back yard in the house I grew up in southern Spain. There was a fig tree there that gave deliciously sweet delights. It stood so powerfully over the dried soil and I remember it possessing a strong presence; more than any of the other trees in my back yard.

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

But why else do I hold so much respect for figs, aside from their delicately sweet and unique taste? Figs are full of health benefits. Here are are some reasons why figs basically rule:

Figs are a high source of potassium which helps lower blood pressure. Figs are also high in dietary fiber, which helps with weight loss but more importantly, studies show that fibrous fruits such as figs, help reduce breast cancer by 34% in postmenopausal women. Figs are also known to improve cardio vascular disease by lowering triglycerides in the blood stream. But this is not all. No way. Figs are also a great fruit source of calcium, which as you may know, is a mineral that has many functions, one of them being bone density. Even fig leaves have benefits! I’m not sure if you think of the leaves as edible parts, but in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu and this is beneficial to reduce insulin levels in the bloodstream.

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

So, why not do your health and taste buds a generous favor? Why not enjoy all the greatness that this fruit has to offer on its own? Why not take it even a step further and make these delicious Pine Nut Shortbread Cookies with Figs, Goat Cheese Spread, and Balsamic Glaze?

Why the heck not?

figs, pine nuts, goat cheese, balsamic

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  1. How beautiful! Hello from a fellow Rota alumni. :) Your blog is beautiful and professional-looking. I love the idea of pine nut shortbread, and my fam loves figs. Over here in the Azores, we get green-skinned ones mostly, which should be coming on right about now. Bookmarking this!

    • Hi Michelle! It’s always so nice to hear from fellow DGF-ers! Thank you so much for checking out my dessert blog. I had no idea you were living in the Azores…It must be so beautiful there! If you end up making this recipe and rolling out the dough seems like a tedious step to you, you could also shape the cookie dough into a thick log, freeze it until it becomes chilled and hard, and then cut the cookie log into thin slices. You can then place the sliced cookies on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper and bake them off! That’s another way to make the shortbread cookie part if you don’t have a rolling pin or if you’re not so much into rolling dough.

      • Thanks! Yeah, I always try to get out of rolling out dough if I have to! Although the scalloped edges are nice (not sure if I own that cookie cutter though). I’ll probably go that way. I love slice and bake recipes! Yes, it is beautiful here. A lot farther away from Spain than I originally thought, though! It’s very green here. This will be our last year here as the DoDDS school is closing here. (My husband teaches.)

  2. Scrumptious!

  3. Oh, my, wow. These look AMAZING!

  4. You sure don’t have to convince me, Vane – I freaking love figs! If only they weren’t so expensive, I’d eat a lot more of them. These photos are gorgeous and I’m loving the shortbread cookie/fig/balsamic combo.

    • Thanks Nancy! I freaking love figs too! Obviously, right? Hahaha.

  5. Yum yum yum! Sold out to this gorgeous and delicious dessert. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Omg your photos are gorgeous! And I love this recipe… some of my favorite flavors all rolled into one delicious bite! So happy to have met you this afternoon at IFBC. :)

    • Hi Allie! I’m so happy that you have stopped by! It’s so nice to have met you at IFBC this past weekend. :)

  7. These are perfection! I am a sucker for figs and goat cheese together in any form, but to put it on a shortbread cookie is pure genius. Love this so much and love your beautiful blog! Excited to keep following you :)

    • Hello and thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog! Yes, I don’t think you can go wrong with goat cheese, figs, and pine nut short bread cookies!

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