Ginger Lemon Cookies

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I made these a few weeks ago while the blog was under construction.  If you can't find satisfactory figs, you can go without or substitute with another fruit.  I think the figs make the cookies look like they have cute little belly buttons.  (Am I alone on this?)  Makes 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

Ginger Lemon Cookies

2 sticks butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

zest of one lemon

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour

12 fresh figs, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk flour, salt and baking soda together in bowl.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs.  Add lemon and ginger.  Add flour mixture, fold in until combined.  Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.  In each spoonful, press a fig half, cut side up, into center.  Bake 15 minutes.  Transfer to rack to cool.  Cookies will be soft and chewy.

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