I've never had any luck making anything like fig bars. Mine always turn out super dry. I don't know what the secret is. Maybe I need to add more butter or oil or something.
I don't use a fig filling, either. I like strawberry, myself. I've never had a fig jam or fig preserves that weren't too sweet. Maybe if the cook added some lemon juice or something, they would be better.
I still haven't figured out why I can't seem to make that dough turn out better. I consider myself to be a good baker, so I really do wonder what the problem is, and why my bars are always so very dry and crumbly, even when I follow the recipe exactly.
The experimentation will continue, I suppose.