This super delicious macaroon pudding is what we would call ‘bitterkoekjes pudding’ here in the Netherlands. It is made with soft macaroons which are possibly very Dutch.

Macaroon pudding

Macaroon pudding

I’ve been looking for the english word for ‘bitterkoekje’ but there is not really a good translation which leads me to believe this is a typical Dutch treat and kind of a mix between a macaroon (not to be confused with macaron!) and amaretti cookies. Whatever the case; my guy loves ‘bitterkoekjes’ pudding. And he is not a dessert fan in general, except when it comes to bitterkoekjes, which I will call macaroons now until I hear otherwise.

Whenever the pudding is on discount in the supermarket Tom will come home with usually two bowls of the stuff. Not that I don’t like it, but that is hardly a surprise given my sweet tooth…

macaroon pudding

So when I was looking for something fun to make and going through the book by Janneke Philippi, I came across macaroon pudding… How could I resist? And – if I may say so myself – they came out pretty good.. 😉 The most tricky part is maybe getting the puddings out of their moulds. I didn’t really have  a pudding mould but I did have little mini bundt tins so I figured those would be ok to use. They are without the middle hole so better for pudding. Making this is incredibly simple. Break the cookies, heat the milk and cream, make a cornflour and milk mix and you’re almost done. In the fridge and waiting!

Macaroon pudding

A child can do the laundry as the saying goes (is that a saying in English too?? Lol) I was afraid that the pudding wouldn’t come out of the tins, because it is sticky stuff. In Janneke’s boek she recommended either greasing the tins or rinsing them with cold water before putting the pudding in. And because I didn’t know which would be best I tried both methods. No difference in the outcome really. Both worked equally well.

Macaroon pudding

My tins are made of metal so they heat up quickly. I like to eat my macaroonpudding with strawberry sauce… Serving them with whipped cream would work equally well!

Love Dutch recipes? try this Dutch rijstevlaai or a traditional Dutch apple pie.

macaroon pudding

macaroon pudding

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Super delicious pudding filled with little bits of macaroon
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Prep time 20 minutes
Cooling time4 hours
Total time 4 hours 20 minutes

4 people


  • Pudding moulds


  • 250 gr macaroons
  • 65 gr cornflour
  • 2 sachets of vanilla sugar or 1 vanilla pod and 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 500 ml full fat milk
  • 500 ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp almond essence or liquor
  • various pudding shapes
  • foil

  • Break 200 gr of the cookies in smaller pieces and put the cream plus 400 ml of the milk in a large saucepan on the stove. Heat slowly.
  • Meanwhile make a mix of the cornflour, the vanilla sugar, the sugar and 100ml of the milk. Stir this well until smooth and no lumps are left.
  • Bring the cream/milk mixture to the boil and leave to simmer softly till all cookies are dissolved. This should be about 5 minutes. Make sure it doesn't burn.
  • Turn the heat low and pour in the cornflour mix while stirring. Keep stirring while you let it slowly bubble for about 3 minutes. It will thicken almost instantly so stay with it.
  • Turn of the heat and add the almond essence or liquor.
  • Rinse the pudding tins or butter well. Pour in the pudding, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  • To turn the pudding it’s best – if you used metal tins like I did – to quickly dip them into hot water for a few seconds, then turn on a plate and pick up plate and pudding and shake once. They should come loose instantly.
  • Serve with cream or strawberry sauce


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist