Growing up with a fig tree in my backyard, I know how short the season is, so I indulge whenever they're ripe. These fragrant fruits have a distinct flavor and texture that no other can match - so of course I keep a list of my favorite fig desserts!
Desserts with figs contain lots of fiber, along with being a source of both calcium and potassium. They're quite versatile, though they can also be a tad expensive, so for many recipes the dried and preserved varieties can work.
This collection includes a wide variety of fig dessert recipes for you to try, from tarts and cookies to frozen delights.
Frozen Desserts with Figs
Espresso Sugared Figs Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Your new favorite dessert topping is here - presenting espresso-sugared figs. Serve them warm over vanilla ice cream for an easy and elegant dessert.
Alternately, you can dollop them over whipped cream and rustic cake or your oatmeal tomorrow morning. Pretty figs get sticky caramelized in just a couple quick and easy steps, which is the easiest way to elevate your dessert.
Goat Cheese Frozen Yogurt With Honey Roasted Figs
This tangy, slightly sweet frozen fig recipe is the ideal summer treat. The goat cheese adds the proper amount of acidity, while the roasted figs add sweetness and a lovely pink hue to the dish.
Trust me, roasting seasonal fresh figs and folding them into a frozen yogurt delight is one of the most amazing things you can make with figs ever.
Ricotta Gelato with Pistachio and Fig
This unbelievable ricotta gelato with pistachio and figs tasted like the perfect relaxing burst of sunshine we all need right now.
Creamy ricotta gelato with sweet, syrupy roasted figs and smooth, nutty pistachio butter swirled throughout. A double scoop will surely whisk you away to an Italian fantasy vacay.
Fig, Honey, And Goat Cheese Popsicles
This 5-ingredient frozen fig sweet treat is going to be your new go-to summer dessert. With the perfect blend of sweet and salty with these fig, honey, and goat cheese popsicles, offer a delightful summer treat in just two simple steps!
It's simply heavenly, creamy and a touch of crunch if you add some almonds. This fig recipe is such a sophisticated dessert for refined tastes but also a stylish throwback to the classics.
Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream
My current obsession is this simple roasted figs and vanilla ice cream combo. It’s so easy to make yet utterly fancy enough to impress guests.
Easy 15-minute broiled figs with sugar and spices get served with the ice cream and finished off with some chopped hazelnuts in this toothsome fig dessert. This recipe is a cool and refreshing treat for showcasing fresh figs from the garden.
Unique Fig Recipes
Easy Fig Jam
If you've had your fill of fresh figs, save them for later so you get to enjoy them for longer, like I would. This simple fig jam recipe has a distinct flavor profile with hints of honey, vanilla, and orange blossom water.
Use this sweet spread on toast or as a garnish on a grazing board. It's a deliciously sweet fig recipe that works with everything!
Roasted Fig and Rosemary Butter Board
This roasted fig and rosemary butter board will elevate your Sunday brunch made simply with balsamic roasted figs, fresh rosemary, and undertones of orange. It works nicely on top of a charcuterie board alongside meat, cheese, and handmade baked goods like scones and donuts.
After you've roasted the figs, channel your inner artist and arrange the components so they're properly distributed. Drizzle honey, sea salt, and orange zest over your toppings. Don't dismiss another tiktok fad since the butter board trend is here to stay, hurrah!
Chocolate Covered Figs
These chocolate-covered figs make an excellent addition to any dessert table. When preparing these chocolate covered figs, I like to use dark chocolate, but you can use whatever type of chocolate you go with.
You can make it using dried or fresh figs and coarsely or finely chopped pecans (or any other nuts) to add crunch and enhance the fig flavor. They're incredibly simple to make and are ideal for when you're craving a nutrient-dense snack.
Cardamom Fig Pavlova
Not a fan of spice in your dessert? This cardamom fig pavlova will change your mind about cardamom in desserts. While this pavlova has a LOT going on, delicious fig flavor shines through amidst all that exotic undertone.
Look for ripe, fragrant figs that aren’t mushy, or roast them if you're not completely satisfied. This cardamom fig pavlova is rich with Middle Eastern flavors - figs, rose, pistachios, and honey. Easy, yet incredibly decadent!
No-Bake Fig Cheesecake (in a jar)
All cheesecake enthusiasts will enjoy this fig cheesecake in a jar recipe. The graham cracker base contains dried figs, while the cheesecake layer delights with its sweet vanilla flavor.
A spoonful of fig jam with an additional fresh piece of fig serves as the finishing touch to this easy dessert. It requires no baking, comes together quickly, and will impress with its strong fig taste!
Air-Fryer Roasted Figs
Whether as a simple snack or a delightful dessert topping these air-fryer roasted figs are totally awesome. The fig's cut side is delicious and caramelised from the sugar, while the cinnamon adds a mild spice.
The skin of the fresh fig is slightly crunchy, so when you bite into it, it has a great crunch to it. Best of all, it’s a 3-ingredient recipe that’s made in the air fryer. These tasty little nibbles make for excellent hostess gifts; just put them in a vacuum sealed container.
Fresh Figs With Caramel, Chocolate & Pistachios
These fresh figs topped with date caramel and dark chocolate might be one of the simplest- and easiest - fig desserts on the list, but rest assured, they're also the most satisfying.
Simply top fresh figs with all the goodness. The date caramel is a knockout recipe too! Chock full of superfoods and little else, you can feel great about serving and snacking on them too.
Fig and Sunflower Seeds Energy Balls
Make a batch of these fig and sunflower seed energy balls to have something healthy to snack on when you're craving something sweet. Only 4 ingredients and around 5 minutes are required to prepare these delectable fig snacks.
They're soft and almost melt in your mouth, with pops of texture and a protein, fiber, and other vital vitamin punch. In addition, the dough comes together quickly and easily in the food processor.
Dreamy Fig Cakes, Pies, and Tarts
Fig And Walnut Cake (Yeast Leavened)
This rustic dried fig cake is filled with sweet pockets of dried figs and crunchy walnuts. It's perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea and can be made with fresh figs as well.
Yeast in cake imparts a distinct flavor that is well worth the extra labor. It has rich, deep flavors, with chopped figs and walnuts providing a pleasant surprise with each bite. It's also ridiculously easy to make that pairs best with coffee or tea, or dressed up with your favorite icing.
Fresh Fig Tart with Oat Crumble
Out of the many things you can make with fresh figs, this simple fig crumble tart should be on the top of your list.
Apart from enjoying the thick, not-too-sweet, and chewy filling made from fresh figs, it has a crunchy oat topping plus a buttery crumbly sweet pastry dough. This stunning dessert is sure to impress!
Fresh Fig Cake with Almond and Olive Oil
This sensational cake is both a feast for the eyes and your tastebuds. But it’s also pretty simple to put together and the taste is straightforward and unpretentious.
The combination showcases the freshness of the figs; it's juicy and not overly sweet, which complements the delicate fruit’s flavor. This fresh fig cake with almonds and olive oil is a harvest season showpiece that everyone will enjoy.
Vegan Fig and Almond Cake
Vegan fig almond cake, also known as Anjeer Badam, is a soft and moist, light and delicate cake that is ideal for entertaining especially when fresh figs are in season.
This recipe is so simple, quick, and easy to create that even inexperienced cooks can wow anyone, and you won't believe you made everything from scratch.
Fig Cake with Orange and Brown Sugar Glaze
This rustic-looking fig cake is unassuming, but wait until you bite into it! It has a lovely orange flavor and is topped with an orange and brown sugar glaze that will knock your socks off.
This light and tasty cake is covered with an array of figs and a delightful sweet refreshing sauce. It goes great with a cup of tea in the afternoon or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.
Make these brown butter financiers with figs nestling in each of the financier to your next get together or whenever you need a pick me upper. These fig financiers are a version of French almond tea cakes.
They’re made with brown butter, bay leaf, extra vanilla, giving them a true Autumnal Winter flavor. Figs just elevates these classic almond tea cakes to the next level!
Vegan Double Chocolate Fig Cupcake
These vegan double chocolate fig cupcakes are perfect for your next occasion. They're vegan-friendly and oh-so decadent cupcakes yet surprisingly easy to make.
These tempting vegan chocolate fig cupcakes are filled with homemade fig whiskey jam then topped with vegan Irish cream frosting for an extra decadent finish! The natural sweetness of figs combined with rich chocolate makes for an incredible flavor combination.
Panforte di Siena (Italian Christmas Cake)
An iconic Italian Christmas Cake recipe, Panforte di Siena boasts of amazing flavor and texture. Despite the intimidating name, it's a fairly straightforward recipe with delicious tastes from dried fruits and nuts.
Slightly intense, yet lovely and delicate with a delightful crunchy texture. It goes great with a cup of coffee or espresso any time of year but especially around the holidays.
Gluten-Free Upside Down Fresh Fig Cake
Looking to incorporate more gluten-free baking into your dessert arsenal? This gluten-free fig dessert should be on your radar. This gluten-free upside down fresh fig cake will be a welcome addition to your holiday meal.
Using a cake mix, the recipe produces a light and fluffy cake with a beautiful color. Serve it to gluten-free and gluten-intolerant guests equally - this fresh fig cake tastes so fantastic that no one will suspect it's gluten-free.
Ricotta Almond Fig Cake
If you’re looking for that perfect recipe to use up your figs before they’re time’s up, this is the fig dessert to make.
This fresh fig cake is so soft, fluffy, and moist and the flavor of the fresh figs really comes through. It’s not overly sweet, lending itself very well to meals alongside a cup of coffee or tea.
Fig Cheesecake with Balsamic Caramel Sauce and Candied Walnuts
If you don't want to keep a lot of fig dessert recipes in your line up, you’ve got to keep at least this one. It boasts of a sweet tangy flavor combination that just makes my heart sing.
First off, the cheesecake is made in a slow cooker, not an oven. Then fresh figs are arranged atop the cake followed by a generous pouring of a sweet and tangy balsamic caramel sauce.
Finally, like icing on a cake, candied walnuts are added for that finishing touch. The unusual flavors just go well together in this crave-worthy decadent fig dessert recipe.
Fig, Blackberry, and Goat Cheese Tart with Walnut Crust
Could this fig tart recipe be any more beautiful? Just wait ‘til you take a bite; you’ll totally swoon over its delicate flavors.
First there’s a sweet, tart and savory honey goat cheese filling then a buttery, and crisp walnut shortbread crust top. Finally, a quick and easy-to-make fig and blackberry tart.
It comes together quickly (well under an hour) thanks to the use of a food processor. It’s a truly stunning showpiece to bring to your next pie club gathering.
Grain-Free Fig Tart With Walnuts
Adapted from the NY Times fig and walnut tart, this grain free fig and walnut tart is a delicious summer-into-autumn recipe. Juicy fresh figs are baked into a gluten and grain free batter with a splash of orange, making it ideal for gluten free diets.
This is somewhere between a tart and a cake. The mixture is put into a tart pan, and the fresh figs are pushed into it before baking. Because figs are naturally sweet, the recipe contains less sugar for a decadent yet not so sinful fig dessert.
Fresh Fig Cake
Never had a cake with figs? It’s time to change that with this recipe. Figs are such an underappreciated fruit during the holidays and this cake is a gorgeous use of them.
This soft, fluffy, lightly spiced cake is topped with jammy baked figs and crunchy pistachios, making it absolutely irresistible. Serve the cake plain or with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh figs on the side. If you prefer it sweeter, sprinkle some honey on top or dust with powdered sugar.
Fig Bars and Fig Cookies
Homemade Oatmeal Fig Bars With Fresh Figs
These fig bars are the best the season has to offer. For a wonderful, thick filling, any type of fresh and seasonal figs are boiled down into a paste with maple syrup. To keep things simple, the crust and topping are made from the same easy-to-make oatmeal crust.
Fairly adaptable to substitutions, this easy and delicious fig dessert recipe is hard to beat.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Fig Bars
Make this no-bake peanut butter fig bar recipe and you won’t regret it. They're incredibly chewy, naturally sweetened with honey, and studded with seeds, dried figs, and (optional) small chocolate chips.
These no-bake peanut butter fig bars are ridiculously easy to prepare! Simply combine all of the ingredients, flatten into a loaf pan, chill in the refrigerator, and cut into bars. Enjoy a sweet and delightful snack for the rest of the week (assuming they live that long!).
Homemade Gluten-Free Healthy Fig Bars
These no-bake homemade healthy fig bars are stuffed full of delicious goodness. Packed full of chopped mixed nuts, cranberries, sultanas, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds, these homemade healthy fig bars and sweetened with honey, these are the perfect healthy fig sweet treat for when the craving strikes.
Aside from being super tasty and healthy, they're as easy to make as can be. Best of all, this healthy homemade fig bar is gluten-free!
Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)
Though the name can vary (also known as buccellati) and the ingredients can be different from town to town within Sicily, these delicious Italian fig cookies are a favorite for Christmas and special occasions.
Buttery and crumbly cookie outside with a deliciously moist fig-based fruity filling. The lemon glaze on top brings them all the flavors together. So good!
Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies w/Fig Preserves
If you're craving warm-spiced cookies, but want to keep it healthy and super simple, then this recipe is for you. Gluten-free thumbprint cookies are deliciously filled with fig jam, made with almond flour and sweetened only with Medjool dates.
While not really using fresh figs in these thumbprint cookies, they’re absolutely delectable with your favorite fig preserves. They're easy-to-make fig cookies yet absolutely bursting with flavor. Warm spices come through at the end of each bite.
Buttery Fig Bars
This fig bar is delicious and very easy to make. If you’re a fig lover, you’ll absolutely love this tart! This fig treat comes with a buttery crust, a sweet filling made with dried figs, brown sugar, and crunchy walnut and crumbly oats topping.
This absolutely delicious bar has no artificial flavors making it the perfect treat to give the kids. Make them gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan certified by swapping one or two ingredients.
Dried Fig Cookies
These dried fig cookies are soft, chewy, and subtly sweet. Dried figs add a unique flavor and pleasant texture to these cookies.
They're flavorful and satisfying when you're looking for a nutrient-dense snack. Because the figs are naturally sweet, no additional sugar is required in this recipe. These cookies are dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan, in addition to being tasty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some popular desserts made with figs include fig tarte tatin, fig bars, fig quick breads or rustic cakes, and poached figs in syrup. Figs often make an appearance on graze boards or charcuterie boards, whether sweet or savory. They can also be used in a variety of cold desserts such as fig and honey ice cream, fig and almond popsicles, and fig and mascarpone parfaits.
Sweet treats that go well with figs include honey, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. These pairings create a delightful balance of flavors that enhance the natural sweetness of the figs. Additionally, figs can be incorporated into desserts such as cakes, tarts, and puddings for a delicious fig-based dessert.
Fresh figs can be served in a variety of delicious ways. One popular option is to simply enjoy them fresh and ripe on their own as they are a spectacular sweet trea, and most varieties can be eaten wholet. They can also be sliced and added baked goods or folded into cookies and cakes.
It's important to note that diabetics should consume figs in moderation due to their natural sugar content. While figs contain beneficial nutrients such as fiber and potassium, they are also relatively high in carbohydrates, which can impact blood sugar levels.
Yes, you can freeze figs. To do so, wash and dry the figs thoroughly, then remove the stems. Place the figs in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until they are firm. Once frozen, transfer the figs to airtight containers or freezer bags, and store them in the freezer. Thawed figs are softer, so they're best used in cooked dishes or blended into smoothies.
Fig season varies depending on the variety and location, but it generally occurs in the late summer and early fall, around September. In the Northern Hemisphere, figs are typically at their peak from late summer to early autumn, with the exact timing varying based on the specific climate and growing conditions of different regions.
33+ Fig Desserts You Can Make at Home
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- Espresso Sugared Figs Over Vanilla Ice Cream
- Goat Cheese Frozen Yogurt with Honey Roasted Figs
- Ricotta Gelato with Pistachio and Figs
- Fig Honey and Goat Cheese Popsicles
- Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream
- Easy Fig Jam
- Roasted Fig and Rosemary Butter Board
- Chocolate Covered Figs
- Cardamom Fig Pavlova
- No-bake Fig Cheesecake in a jar
- Air-Fryer Roasted Figs
- Fresh Figs with Date Caramel Dark Chocolate and Pistachio
- Fig and Sunflower Seed Energy Balls
- Yeast Leavened Fig and Walnut Cake
- Fig Tart with Oat Crumble
- Fresh Fig Cake with Almond and Olive Oil
- Vegan Fig and Almond Cake
- Fig Cake with Orange and Brown Sugar Glaze
- Fig Financiers
- Vegan Double Chocolate Cupcake
- Panforte di Siena
- Gluten-Free Upside Down Fresh Fig Cake
- Ricotta Almond Fig Cake
- Fig Cheesecake with Balsamic Caramel Sauce and Candied Walnuts
- Fig Blackerry And Goat Cheese Tart with Walnut Crust
- Grain Free Fig Tart with Walnuts
- Fresh Fig Cake
- Homemade Oatmeal Fig Bars
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Fig Bars
- Homemade Healthy Fig Bars
- Cucidati - Italian Fig Cookies
- Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves
- Buttery Fig Bars
- Dried Fig Cookies
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!