Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Cookies

December 9, 2011

in baking

Whenever I sang about “Figgy Pudding” as a child, I pictured this:

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I know – the dish the Brits were referring to is less custard, more cake-like, filled with dried fruits and booze…but I’m an American. So I’m reinterpreting things a little.

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Behold! I created – and I’m not exaggerating – one of the best cookies I’ve EVER eaten. Inspired by the U.S. 50′s housewife, I wondered what would happen if I combined a pudding cookie with my favorite dried fruit???

Answer: A new Christmas classic.

Figgy Pudding Cookies (makes about 32)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 4-serving size package of Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • Chopped figs and Dark Chocolate – as much or as little as you’d like

Using a hand mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl and add the brown sugar, then the baking soda, then the egg/egg white. Add the flour/pudding mix in small batches, making sure to stir it first so you’re not covered in powder (Thank you Sandra Lee, for that tip).

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Chop up some dried mission figs

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…and chocolate (I used Ghiradelli’s Intense Dark)

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Fold them into the batter

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I always think there’s not going to be enough, but this rolled into 32 balls…

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…some more chunk-filled than others

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Place in a 350-degree oven for 14-16 minutes, until brown but still chew-y – rotating once halfway.

While those baked, I “cleaned”

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(By far the best part about baking.)

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Once every extra bit of batter had been scraped and consumed, the cookies were done!

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If you like Fig Newtons…

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…and Chocolate Chip Cookies…

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…you will SING when you eat these!

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I sampled a particularly gooey one

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Now bring us some figgy pudding cookies…

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…oh, bring us some figgy pudding cookies…

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…oh, bring us some figgy pudding cookies…

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…and a cup of good cheer!

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(We won’t go until we’ve got some…)

{ 25 comments }

1 Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen December 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

These look wonderful! I have a bag of dried mission figs (which I LOVE too!) from Costco and these would be perfect! Thanks! Love your blog too! I’m a dancer who blogs so it’s fun to read from an actor who blogs too!!

2 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

thanks, betsy!

3 Living, Learning, Eating December 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

That’s such a brilliant combination!

4 Diane Beebe December 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh MAJOR YUM!!!

5 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Oh my….bring me some figgy pudding cookies.

6 Cindy December 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’ll be right over!! Holy Moly. I just drooled myself.

7 janis530 December 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

what looks better? the cookies or your manicure? How do you keep it looking so good for so long?

8 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

*sigh* it’s chipping in a major way already!!!

9 vanillasugarblog December 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

girl you are just learning about pudding mix in cookies? well glad you found out now and not years later.

10 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

when it comes to baking, i have A LOT to learn…

11 caloricandcrazy December 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Those cookies look amazingly irresistable!

12 Tricia December 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

yummmm

13 pure2rawtwins December 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm

these cookies sound wonderful!

14 Bianca December 10, 2011 at 3:56 am

they look delicious. i may try them with peanut butter chips to try and mimic the peanut butter & jelly sandwich flavor

15 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 10, 2011 at 8:50 am

YES. i like the way your brain works!

16 Tamara Christie December 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

I don’t eat chocolate, so I think Bianca’s idea is divine!

17 vixytwix December 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Is figgy pudding like spotted dick? Nevermind. The biscuits look amazing. Oh, wait, you call them cookies over there. I love figs and chocolate so this is just the best find. Thanks!

18 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

Seriously I have always wanted to try spotted dick!

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19 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

Cool idea for cookies! I have never had a Fig Newton before – believe it or not!

20 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

Say what?!? Go get some!!! They’re delicious!

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21 Mario Fritsch December 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

Wow, just made some myself and they’re oh so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

22 Lynn at The Actors Diet December 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

Glad you liked them!!!

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23 brokencookiesdontcount December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thes sound incredibly delicious, Lynn!! I’m a big fig fan. Can’t get enough. I must try these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

24 Jessica December 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

No kidding they were a hit, they sound incredible!!! :) Last Christmas I took figs and dipped them in chocolate and then in pecans… drool — so good!! This sounds like it would be as good!

25 Heide M. December 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I’ll have to try these cookies.

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