November 5, 2013

Figgy Port Streusel Bars + The Cookie Rumble (with KitchenAid giveaway!)

Streusel Bars

It is not an exaggeration for me to say that Dorie Greenspan is my baking idol. And I am not saying that because I want to win any sort of contest. It is the honest to goodness truth that I love her writing and her work and deeply admire her dedication baking in the home kitchen. So, when I was invited to join in the Cookie Rumble with Dorie, Jacques Torres, and Fonseca BIN 71, I couldn’t say no! For my entry I am submitting these tasty salted butter blondies topped with figs poached in port and a brown sugar streusel.

Fig Port Streusel Bars

What I find fascinating about the contest is the requirement to develop a cookie that pairs well with port. It is rare that I develop recipes to pair with alcohol and the idea is so fun. My idea was to make a salty butter bar topped with sweet figs poached in a port and smattering of streusel. The salty butterscotch flavor would provide the perfect contrast to a small glass of dark, rich alcohol.

KithenAid Hand Mixer

Since the contest is being sponsored by KitchenAid I used this awesome new hand mixer I was sent to make the bars. My new kitchen has so little counter space I am having trouble finding places for all of my big stand appliances. This hand mixer is genius because it is small enough to tuck away on my temporary kitchen island. I am thrilled that today my friends at KitchenAid are also giving away a hand mixer to one lucky reader. Check out the entry requirements below. And, if you want to enter the Cookie Rumble here is where you can enter: Click Here. The winner wins 2 tickets to the 2014 Aspen Food + Wine Classic, a KitchenAid Freestanding Induction Range, and a 7 Quart Stand Mixer. Nice!

To Enter to Win the KitchenAid Hand Mixer:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite dessert to pair with alcohol (if you drink). Or, your favorite sophisticated cookie flavor.

2) Subscribe to Kelsey Banfield on Facebook

3) Contest runs from November 5th at 7:00am ET through November 12th at 7:00am ET. Winner will be announced in the Friday November 15th newsletter. US Residents only please. Good luck!

(Disclosure: I received the hand mixer and bottle of port from Kobrand. The recipes, opinions, and photographs are my own.)

Figgy Port Streusel Bars
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  • 10 small Mission Figs, quartered
  • ¾ cup port
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • For the streusel:
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8x8 glass baking dish.
  2. Add the figs and port to a small saucepan. Bring the port to a simmer and poach the figs for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half. Drain the figs and allow them to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, beat in the salt, egg, and vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the flour until just combined. Set side.
  4. Make the streusel by combining the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Then stir in the cooled butter until small pebbles form.
  5. Press the batter into the prepared baking dish. Then top the batter with the poached figs, scattering them evenly over the top. Sprinkle the top with the streusel. Bake the blondies for about 22 to 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

36 Responses to “Figgy Port Streusel Bars + The Cookie Rumble (with KitchenAid giveaway!)”

  1. Laurie Lufkin says:

    these look fantastic!! my favorite sophisticated combo is cheese and nuts–making savory cookies to pair with port and wine!

  2. Cori says:

    Dark chocolate with wine.

  3. saramama says:

    I love the taste of Kahlua made into desserts. I make a dark chocolate Kahlua mousse that is divine.

  4. april v says:

    If it’s with alcohol, it has to be dark chocolate..and I’m a FB fan!!

  5. Laura M. says:

    A decadent, rich, dark chocolate dessert would pair well with wine. Anything chocolate is fine by me, anytime!

  6. D Schmidt says:

    I really like lemon ricotta cookies

  7. Meghan says:


  8. I am thinking a shortbread cookie with a hint of blue cheese (sweet and savory), to pair with that port!

  9. Meghan Finley says:

    I love port with any sort of chocolate cookie!

  10. Meghan Finley says:

    I subscribe/like on facebook

  11. ilonaskitchen says:

    choco chip pie!

  12. Jay says:

    Chocolate cake!!! 🙂

  13. Jay says:

    (following on facebook)

  14. Stacy says:

    chocolate ice cream topped with Whidbey Island loganberry liquor (which they don’t make anymore so we are hoarding our last bottle)

  15. anne hill says:

    i dont really drink however i would love to try this pairing! i think port is very potent & strong flavor. i Subscribe to Kelsey Banfield on Facebook

  16. Christine Mayfield says:

    I really don’t have a favorite sophisticated cookie flavor. I love all cookies especially oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter ones.

  17. Christine Mayfield says:

    I am a FB subscriber

  18. susitravl says:

    Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie – YUM

  19. Karen D says:

    vanilla ice cream and ice cider

  20. Karen D says:

    Karen Goodwin Delaney subscribes on Facebook

  21. Nicole C says:

    I like a dense, flourless chocolate cake with a South African Cab. Thanks, now I want booze and cake. 😉

  22. Nicole C says:

    P.S. These look and sound absolutely delicious. I L.O.V.E. figs and blondies, so it’s a win-win. Booze ain’t a bad idea either! I subscribe on Facebook.

  23. miranda says:

    subscribe on FB

  24. miranda says:

    I like rum cake

  25. gary says:

    FB follower

  26. gary says:

    I like white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  27. Wardell M says:

    I am a FB subscriber

  28. Wardell M says:

    My favorite dessert are those soft cookies you buy at the bakery with the thick icing on them.

  29. Alice says:

    I love having a nice crumble or cake with port or a cocktail 🙂

  30. Alice says:

    I follow you on FB

  31. bikeohio says:

    I’m not much for alcohol. so my favorite “sophisticated” cookie flavor is ginger/cardamom.

  32. bikeohio says:

    I follow you on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Elisabeth says:

    I love to pair my Mom’s chocolate pecan bourbon pie with moscato. I know it sounds like a lot but it’s delicious! 🙂

  34. Elisabeth says:

    I’m also subscribed on FB!

  35. Elizabeth says:

    I love fudgy brownies! They pair nicely with lots of different beverages, from casual beer to fancy drinks and wine 🙂

  36. Elizabeth says:

    I’m subscribed to you on Facebook!