Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Cookies

figgy pudding cookies

Whenever I sang about “Figgy Pudding” as a child, I pictured this a box of Vanilla Pudding Mix.  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 with my Figgy Pudding Cookies.

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


  • 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
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate


  1. 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.
  2. Fold in dried figs/chocolate.
  3. Place in a 350-degree oven for 14-16 minutes, until brown but still chew-y - rotating once halfway.
  4. Makes About 32.


22 thoughts on “Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Cookies

  1. 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!!

  2. janis530

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

  3. vanillasugarblog

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

  4. Bianca

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

  5. 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!

  6. Jolene (

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

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