Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Cookies

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


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.


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).


Chop up some dried mission figs


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


Fold them into the batter


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


…some more chunk-filled than others


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

While those baked, I “cleaned”


(By far the best part about baking.)


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


If you like Fig Newtons…


…and Chocolate Chip Cookies…


…you will SING when you eat these!


I sampled a particularly gooey one




Now bring us some figgy pudding cookies…


…oh, bring us some figgy pudding cookies…


…oh, bring us some figgy pudding cookies…


…and a cup of good cheer!


(We won’t go until we’ve got some…)

  • 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!!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      thanks, betsy!

  • Living, Learning, Eating

    That’s such a brilliant combination!

  • Diane Beebe

    Oh MAJOR YUM!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)

    Oh my….bring me some figgy pudding cookies.

  • Cindy

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

  • janis530

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

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • vanillasugarblog

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

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • caloricandcrazy

    Those cookies look amazingly irresistable!

  • Tricia


  • 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

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • Jolene (

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

  • Mario Fritsch

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

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • Heide M.

    I’ll have to try these cookies.