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Hershey’s Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Hershey's Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies | www.somethingswanky.com

It took me a little while to really get into the swing of pudding cookies, but I think I’m a die-hard now. I think the trouble I had with them at the start was using the wrong kind of pudding.

I use sugar-free fat-free instant pudding mix for all of my pudding needs. So that’s what I use for my first few batches of pudding cookies. But… I couldn’t really tell a difference at all in the texture. And, if anything, the flavor was a little off-putting too.

Hershey's Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies | www.somethingswanky.com

I think the key to successful pudding cookies must be using full sugar and full fat pudding mix. It makes the cookies stay super moist, and you can actually taste the flavor you were looking for when you picked out the pudding mix!

Last week I noticed that Hershey’s has a Special Dark instant pudding mix on the shelves! I’m a total geek over their Special Dark cocoa powder and chocolate chips, and I just knew that pudding mix would make the ultimate trifecta of pudding cookies!

Hershey's Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies | www.somethingswanky.com

I added a sprinkle of sea salt to round out the flavors, and voila! The perfect chocolate pudding cookie is born! They’re new favorites in this house for sure!!

Hershey’s Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 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 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 3.75 oz Hershey's Special Dark Instant Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter until 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, cocoa powder, and pudding mix, and mix until dough forms.
  7. Mix in the 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 set. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

21 comments on “Hershey’s Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies”

  1. Pinned! These are your best looking pudding cookies ever! And I have two big tubs of Special Dark, after not being able to find it for 2 yrs, I’m back in biz!

    I didnt know that Hershey’s Special Dark Instant Pudding Mix existed. And good advice to use full fat/ full sugar. It’s a cookie after all. Not the time to get skimpy :)

  2. Seriously Ashton. Wow. These look amazing! I love using Hershey’s special dark. Thanks so much for linking to my cupcakes. So sweet of you. Now I want cookies with milk before I crawl into bed…

  3. Oh these look to DIE for! I love special dark, it’s my preferred baking powder. I have never made pudding cookies but it looks like I need to try it immediately.

  4. I have been making lots of non chocolate items for the blog the past couple of weeks… and I am really a chocolate girl… So need chocolate. These look awesome. I think I need to go bake some right now :)

  5. These sound incredible! I love all of the dark chocolate packed into these cookies!

  6. I love adding pudding to my cookies! These look wonderful!

  7. These look delicious!! I LOVE Hershey’s Special Dark. Can you tell me how many cookies the recipe makes? Thanks.

  8. So these cookies. WOW!

  9. I love Hershey’s Special Dark too! Just about the only cocoa I use in baking. These cookies look AWESOME. So chocolatey!

  10. Hands down, best. pudding cookie. EVER.

  11. not just the best pudding cookie, could be the BEST cookie ever

  12. I’ve always wanted to try making pudding cookies and these looks absolutely incredible! I love how dark ‘n decadent they are. I need to find out whether they sell the special dark pudding in Canada. I had a friend who lives in Seattle buy me Hershey’s Special Dark and run it to me through the border, lol. Maybe she can do the same with the pudding!

  13. Sugar-free always means fake sugar, which, to me, tastes awful. I bet the salt makes these super awesome. I’d love to try them.

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  15. Puffy, dark and handsome. The ideal cookie! Swooning!!!!

  16. These look delicious! Thanks for the tip about using the full fat and sugar pudding, I probably would have done fat free and no sugar too.

  17. A batch of these cookies just came out of the oven and they are AMAZING. I used special dark cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips and devil’s food pudding mix (because I couldn’t find all special dark stuff.) My whole family loved them! They are going on my Christmas cookie plate for sure!

  18. Ashton, I found your website through pinterest, and these cookies were amazing. They looked as beautiful as the pictures and they tasted just as good. May I put a link on my website back to yours for this recipe? I do not have a cooking blog, but I mentioned these cookies in a post http://paththroughthenarrowgate.com/say-goodbye-survival-mode-crystal-paine/
    and some people have said they wanted to try them. Please let me know. You have a beautiful blog! Thanks! Anna.

    • Of course! Please share the link as much as you’d like. And I’m so glad you like the cookies– they’re a personal favorite of mine!

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