Nabisco may have discontinued these tart and sassy cousins of the original Fig Newton, but no worries, because now you can make them at home.
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DIY cranberry-raspberry newtons with a sweet-tart filling and that signature cookie-cake texture.
I've never been a huge fan of Fig Newtons, now somewhat hilariously re-branded as just "Newtons"—what's wrong with figs, guys?—but I'm pretty content with the Cranberry Citrus Oat "Newtons Fruit Thins" hanging out on my desk right now. They're not quite cookies or crackers, but fit comfortably into the in-between "biscuit" genre; at least, that's what they'd be called in Britain. (It's a pretty useful term. I'd like to see more biscuits here.)
Many homemade Fig Newton recipes include orange juice with the filling, but if you try a Newton, you'll find the orange flavor in with the cake. To get that same flavor, my Newton dough has a bit of orange zest and a splash of juice too.