Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Cookies

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…)

  • http://www.adancerinthekitchen.blogspot.com Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen

    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!!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      thanks, betsy!

  • http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com/ Living, Learning, Eating

    That’s such a brilliant combination!

  • Diane Beebe

    Oh MAJOR YUM!!!

  • http://itallchanges.com Cynthia (It All Changes)

    Oh my….bring me some figgy pudding cookies.

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

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

  • http://gravatar.com/janis530 janis530

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

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • http://vanillasugarblog.com vanillasugarblog

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

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • http://caloricandcrazy.wordpress.com caloricandcrazy

    Those cookies look amazingly irresistable!

  • http://triciagilliland.wordpress.com Tricia

    yummmm

  • http://www.pure2raw.com pure2rawtwins

    these cookies sound wonderful!

  • Bianca

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

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      YES. i like the way your brain works!

    • Tamara Christie

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

  • http://stayoutofmyhead.wordpress.com vixytwix

    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!

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

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

  • http://gravatar.com/akismet-7ecbe91a18811c11cd7ce4e53cf1f068 Mario Fritsch

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

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com brokencookiesdontcount

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

  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com Jessica

    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!

  • http://www.cookingwithheide.com Heide M.

    I’ll have to try these cookies.