Pudding Cookies

Wondering what the Pudding Cookie craze is all about? Well here’s a basic recipe to get you started and an answer to your question!

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Despite having the coolest job in the world (my job = dessert), I still have days that I don’t want to work.

Like today. My nose is stuffy, my face hurts, and I so badly just want to crawl in bed with a pint of ice cream and start the next season of Once Upon a Time (never mind the fact it doesn’t start until the fall), and fall soundly into an ice-cream/Ni-Quil induced comatose state.

But I’ve got this little business deal-e-o called a cookbook, and somone’s gotta write it. And I suppose that someone should be me, since they’re putting my name on the book and all. Right?

It’s supposed to be my summer project. But so far this summer has just been one plane trip/road trip/plane trip/road trip after another, and that deadline is starting to creep up on me. Yikes!

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So that’s what I’ll be doing tonight. And since I can’t stick around and chat tonight, I made you cookies!

Pudding cookies. Apparently they’re all the rage and everyone’s favorite thing ever.

It took me a little while, but I eventually hopped on the bandwagon and came up with a few recipes that I thought were pretty great. I especially liked these Biscoff Cheesecake Pudding Cookies. Oh, and the Nutella ones. Of course.

Here’s the deal with putting pudding in your cookies:

1) It makes them stay really, really, soft for daaaaaaays. Dorothy once mailed me a batch of pudding cookies from across the country, and they were still so soft when I got them days later!

2) It adds another layer of flavor to the cookies, and, as everybody knows, there are about a MILLION and one pudding flavors out there! You can add so much flavor variety to your cookies by adding a Jell-O pudding mix! My favorite pudding flavors to add are Cheesecake and White Chocolate.

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This is a really simple pudding cookie, just to show you the basic mechanics of the recipe. But feel free to get creative and play with the flavors and mix-ins all you want! That’s the beauty of a pudding cookie :)

PS- My friend, Nikki, is the queen of pudding cookie recipes. Make sure you head to her site, Chef in Training, for all the mind boggling creative  pudding cookie recipes you could ever imagine!

Pudding Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened some but still chilled*
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3.75 oz Jell-O instant pudding mix, White Chocolate flavor
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth.
  3. Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions.
  5. Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt.
  6. Add the flour and pudding mix, and mix until dough forms.
  7. Mix in the chocolate and white chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or spatula.
  8. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.


Store in an airtight container once completely cooled. Makes approximately 48 cookies. *It's important that the butter is still a little cold and not room temperature, otherwise the cookies will spread too much. Leave it on the counter for about 30 minutes, and it will be perfect.

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  1. These look great!!

    If I don’t have shortening, I can use another 1/2 cup butter, yes?

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  2. 1. I want Once Upon a Time Back
    2. It’s beyond amazing that you get to do the cookbook (although I’m sure like a TON of work!)
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  3. I’m just now catching on to the pudding cookie recipes and I must say these look delectable.
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  4. Feel better!!!! I was just thinking the other day I haven’t made pudding cookies it too long…
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  5. Wow, a cookbook! That’s super exciting. Congratulations!!! Also pudding cookies. I’ve never made them, but I love the concept of them! I haven’t had much luck adding cornstarch so I may try pudding!
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  6. Rage or not they are fabulous! Pudding really does change the flavor and makes it oh so good!
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  7. Sounds great! Never really tried pudding in cookies, but there is a German “cake” that is called “American” (funnily enough, don’t ask me why) which contains pudding. It is delicious, so I bet these cookies are, too!
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  8. These look so yummy!

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  10. I assume it’s the gelatin in the pudding mix that keeps them so soft. I’ve tried a cookie recipe with gelatin before, and the cookies were soft, but seemed a bit spongy to me. However, I have no objection to experimenting when it comes to cookies. I’m interested in trying these.
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  11. These cookies look delicious, Ashton! I love all the different flavors you can try with pudding cookies, especially Nutella!
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  12. The pudding mix really does make cookies so soft!! I’ve tried it before!
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  14. I heart pudding cookies! These look super soft and yummers!
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  15. Maybe I am living under a rock but I have never heard of pudding cookies!! I also don’t bake so I made sure to pass this on to my bestie who does!
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  16. Do pudding cookies need resting time/refrigeration like chocolate chip cookies? BTW, your cookies look amazing!

  17. I’ve made these before (I found a recipe a few years ago), but I’ve never used shortening in them, so I tried yours. I changed the pudding to chocolate, and used both white and chocolate chips. They came out great, and now I have a way to get rid of the big tub of shortening I bought for one other recipe! :)


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