Any smart host knows the best snacks are the ones that'll appeal to guests at any point during the party: when guests first walk in and want something warm, when they’ve had a few drinks and want something to munch on, or when they’re looking for something with a touch of sweetness. Ideally, the snacks also have to be easy to eat with one hand, since the other will presumably be holding a beverage.
These honeyed figs in pastry fit the bill: a buttery pie crust wrapped around cream cheese and a sweet fig drizzled with a spoonful of honey. They’re as easy to eat as they are to hold, and since they're made with a ready-to-bake crust, they’re simple, too.
And the perfect pairing? A Blueberry Acai Diet Coke. Fruity, refreshing, and light, this dynamic flavor hits all the right notes to match this sweet and savory snack, bringing out the best in both. Whether you’re hosting game day, a housewarming, or an occasion-worthy dinner party, you’ll know you’ve succeeded when you see guests happily occupied with these elegant pastries in one hand and a Blueberry Acai Diet Coke in the other.
Pastry-Wrapped Figs With Honey and Cream Cheese
Yield: 6 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
1 ready-to-bake rolled piecrust
6 tablespoons cream cheese
6 medium figs or one package of dried figs (approx 18 dried figs), stems removed
6 tablespoons honey
Butter-flavored cooking spray
1. If using dried figs, place figs in a bowl of warm water to rehydrate for at least 30 minutes. Then slice in half.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut crust into six 3-inch squares. Place one tablespoon cream cheese in middle of each pastry, top with one fresh fig (or 3 halves of dried figs) and one tablespoon honey. Bring sides of dough up around figs and pinch together.
3. Coat muffin tin (or baking sheet) with spray, then add pastries; bake 12–15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven; let stand to cool.