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       Title: Fig Newtons # 4
  Categories: Bar cookies
       Yield: 40 servings
  
      12 oz Dried figs; chopped
     1/2 c  Sugar
     3/4 c  Water
       1    Lemon; juiced
     1/2 c  Shortening
       1 c  Brown sugar; packed
       2    Eggs
       1 ts Vanilla
   2 1/2 c  Flour
     1/4 ts Soda
     1/2 ts Salt
  
       In a saucepan combine figs, sugar, water and lemon juice. Cook
   and stir over medium heat until mixture is thick and jam like. Cool.
   In a bowl, combine shortening, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir
   in flour, soda and salt.  Turn dough out onto a heavily floured
   surface and knead a few times to make a smooth ball. With a floured
   rolling pin roll dough out to a 14 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut dough
   with a knife into 4 strips, 3 1/2 inches wide and 12 inches long.
   Spoon filling in a mound down the center of each strip. Using a
   spatula, turn in sides of each strip to enclose the filling.
       Press edges together and turn strip seam side down. With a sharp
   knife cut each strip into 10 pieces. Place on greased baking sheets
   and bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes, or until fig newtons are
   puffed and firm to the touch. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight
   container in a cool dry place. Makes 40.
  
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