Preheat the oven to 350. Butter and flour an 8x8-inch pan. Set aside
Beat together the sugar, molasses and vanilla in a bowl until it is light brown and lump free. Beat in the egg until well incorporated.
Beat the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, until a thick, smooth batter forms. Fold in the chips and figs.
Scrape into the pan and even the surface out with the back of a spoon. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool, in pan, completely on a wire rack.
Slice and serve.
Store leftovers in an air tight container.