Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies
It’s been such a heavy start to the week, and I’m feeling like telling a happy story. How about you? Up for it?
It’s sort of a love story, and everybody knows those are the best kind!
Of course… every love story needs a little history…
I spent my formative teenage years living just down the road from my cousin, who is a little bit older than I am. I thought he was the coolest person on the planet. Seriously. And so did the rest of my high school, which only added to my high opinion of him. After all, popularity carries a lot of water as a teen! Especially when you’re sort of geeky, like I was…
One day, I was approached by someone I considered to be “super” popular. She sidled up to me in gym class like we were best buds. I didn’t understand it, but I so didn’t care. Because this was it, my big break! I was going to be one of the cool kids for sure– the only reasonable assumption I could make at this point. But, it turned out, she had seen me getting out of my cousin’s car that morning and thought we were dating. Once I had corrected her, we immediately resumed our appropriate status roles, thus ending our 5-minute BFF-hood.
Anyway. Fast forward a few years. I was in college now, and my cousin was serving an LDS mission in California. We wrote letters to keep in touch, and he told me that his girlfriend had stopped writing him and was dating somebody else. He was so sad, and it just broke my heart. So I stuck his picture on a piece of notebook paper and taped it to my dorm room door with a note that said “Who wants to write my cousin? His girlfriend just dumped him and he’s really great!” (best sell ever, right?) Only at BYU would this actually work…
And work it did! One of the most beautiful gals I’ve ever met knocked on my door. When I opened it, she was holding the note, and said “I’ll do it!” And that’s how we became best friends.
We roomed together the following year after we moved out of the dorms. She wrote my cousin for the rest of his mission, and I wrote to Chris. We spent Friday nights watching Friends and eating Almond M&Ms and gushing about our fellas as only 19 year old girls can do. It was blissful.
Eventually, the boys did come home, and we managed to peel ourselves away from the TV and the bags of M&Ms. She became a permanent fixture in my life when she married my cousin a couple of years later, and we are very happily in-laws.
There’s really not much of a point in me telling you this story– other than it makes me happy, and tonight needed a happy story.
Besides, these cookies always make me think of the happy couple. Chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies are my mom’s signature cookie, and my cousin has always loved them. My friend and I sent a package full of these cookies to my cousin on his mission. Making them brings back happy college memories :).
As I’ve wholeheartedly jumped on the pudding cookie bandwagon, I added a package of cheesecake pudding mix to the dough. It makes them super soft, and gives them an extra layer of flavor. So good!
Notes about this recipe:
- Feel free to drizzle the cookies instead of dipping them in chocolate– it’s a time saver. The dipping just adds an element of nostalgia for me, and I can’t eat them any other way :)
Pudding Cookies from Friends:
- Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies by Chef in Training
- Gingerbread Pudding Cookies by Inside BruCrew Life
- Oatmeal White Chocolate Pudding Cookies by Crazy For Crust
Please don’t forget to join us on Friday for Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook!