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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies are my all-time favorite peanut butter cookies! We love to eat them dipped in chocolate.


These Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies are my all-time favorite peanut butter cookies!

Don’t forget to set up tables for me! (5 round ones would be great)

This recipe for Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies is the only peanut butter cookie recipe you’ll ever need!!


  • Unlike traditional peanut butter cookies, I prefer to not press these down with the traditional criss-cross imprint before baking. I like leaving them thick and puffy! However, I do like to give them a gentle press with the back of a spoon when they come out of the oven. I can’t resist the crackly edges it creates!
  • You can press them down before baking if you’d rather.
  • If you don’t have cheesecake flavored pudding mix, it’s no big deal. You can definitely just use vanilla. Butterscotch is good too (but it will definitely change the flavor, FYI).
  • Our family traditionally dips these in chocolate. But that’s optional (but not really 😜).

Don’t forget to set up tables for me! (5 round ones would be great)


Don’t forget to set up tables for me! (5 round ones would be great)

Don’t forget to set up tables for me! (5 round ones would be great)

Don’t forget to set up tables for me! (5 round ones would be great)


Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies are my all-time favorite peanut butter cookies! We love to eat them dipped in chocolate.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3.4 oz package instant pudding mix, cheesecake flavored
  • 2-3 cups melting chocolate for dipping


  1. Beat together the peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition.
  3. Add the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and pudding mix. Mix well.
  5. Scoop 2 tablespoons and roll into a ball. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, use a fork to press a criss-cross into the cookie dough.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet. Dip each cookie in melted chocolate, let cool on wax paper to harden.

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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.

59 comments on “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pudding Cookies”

  1. If that story made you happy, imagine how happy it made me feel reading it for the very first time–talk about some year-round holiday spirit indeed! Thank you so much for sharing, this was a much-needed lift to the week.

  2. I love a sweet love story! Thanks for sharing. And the cookies…omg yum!

  3. What a sweet, sweet story! I love it. And these cookies, well I love the sound of them too! Looks like I’ll be on the hunt for some cheesecake pudding today :)

  4. What a great story! Just what I needed this morning…and one of those cookies would have made it perfect! :)

  5. I love your story! I needed that smile. These look amazing, my friend’s mother makes a similar cookie dipped in melted Andies Mints mmmm

  6. What a sweet story! See, things like that are why I believe soulmates exist – because how could they not after a meeting like that? LOVE these cookies. I can say – they must be dipped. There is no other way!

  7. This story is so so cute! And how awesome that they ended up marrying each other years later? Things like this make me feel all warm and gooey inside, like soulmates really DO exist or true love really is a thing. I love it! (I’m a sap haha). And I love these cookies. And their dippage. Yum.

  8. What a sweet story! Love these cookies, great idea to add cheesecake pudding mix!

  9. These cookies look fabulous and I love your happy story :) Pinning!

  10. These look so tasty! But even more so… such a cute story… thank you. The internet needed a little brightening up

  11. I looooooove pudding cookies and these look divine! Peanut butter AND cheesecake? Yes, yes, and yes.

  12. Such a nice story and memory! Great recipe too :)

  13. That was such a sweet story! It made my day. Love the cookies too!

  14. I love the stories about how people meet!!! Beginnings are wonderful! I love that you dipped these into chocolate! Perfect!

  15. What sweet cookies and an even sweeter story!! :)

  16. What a SWEET beginning! I love their love story!

  17. I think I need to get on the pudding cookie train! Yum!

  18. I still want to do a little holiday baking so I think I need to join you on the pudding side of things!

  19. That is an AWESOME story!

    And I just pinned these cookies b/c they’re the things dreams are made of!

  20. Can these be made a day or two before I want to serve? How do you store these? Also can you you a diff. Flavor of pudding mix?

    • You can make these a couple of days ahead and store in an airtight container. Like all cookies, though, they’re best fresh. You can change the pudding mix if you want but then they wouldn’t be “cheesecake” cookies :) you could also just omit the pudding altogether if you wanted b

  21. That was such a sweet, sweet story – definitely works with these delicious cookies! I will have to try these ASAP – they look AMAZING! Pinning!

  22. Peanut butter and cream cheese together is almost better than peanut butter and chocolate!

  23. Where do you find Cream cheese pudding mix? Never seem that one. Love to make them.

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  26. How many cookies does the recipe make?

  27. Made these for my hubby for Valentines Day as he is a crazy person for peanut butter and chocolate cookies. So soft and yummy and they turned out just like the picture . Couldn’t find cheese cake pudding (only the sugar free variety,.. yuck) so I used white chocolate pudding mix instead and dipped them in dark chocolate. FABULOUS!

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  29. These cookies sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them. I know you posted this over a year ago and you needed a happy story that day and maybe you do today as well. Well not a story but my favorite joke. What do you do if you get swallowed by an elephant? Jump up and down till you get all pooped out! I hope you have an excelent day and conference is coming up which always makes me feel good as well!

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing this story and recipe. I did notice my cookie dough was a little dry and not holding together well so I just added an additional egg and they came out perfectly. I look foward to following you and your recipes in the future. <3

  32. Aww that’s actually really adorable. And the most successful matchmaking story I’ve heard! These cookies look so delish too (:

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  36. Your recipe says butter but your directions say shortening. Which is better?

  37. You say softened butter in the ingredient list, but say shortening in the instructions. I assume you use them interchangeably? I like my choc chip cookies with 1/2 butter & 1/2 shortening…

  38. What a cute story. Pinned these to pinterest, they look delicious. I wouldn’t mind one now. I like how part is dipped in chocolate. Yum!

  39. They look awesome. What flavor of instant pudding?

  40. What if we’re from Australia and have no hope of getting our hands on Cheesecake Instant Pudding mix? We don’t have that many choices for Instant Pudding actually,.. probably Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry :-(

  41. Nice story. I noticed that the ingredients didn’t have shortening listed as one of the ingredients but in the instructions it calls for mixing shortening in with the other ingredients. My question to you is how much shortening is used for this recipe?

  42. How can i replace the cheesecake pudding mix? We do not have this is Europe? Pls reply. Thanks

  43. Could knot find the yield on these. How many can I get from this recipe please?

  44. What is the yield on these please. Sorry if I missed seeing it

  45. Awww~! They had a fairytale meeting! That’s so nice!
    I’m going to actually make these cookies for my boyfriend right now and he’s a harsh peanut butter cookie critic, I hope they’re awesome,
    What I like best about this recipe is that there isn’t a single drop of wheat flour in them! Yay not being in gluten-pain!

    Thanks again!

  46. I apologize if i missed this in the recipe/comments but how many cookies does this recipe yield? I want to make them for a cookie exchange and need to know how much of the ingredients i need…HELP! :)

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