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Oct 09

Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Skinnier Butterscotch Reese's Pudding Cookies | | #cookie #Reeses #butterscotch

I’ve never been one for fad diets. I’ve never been good at them either.

Atkins? NO WAY. Carbs are my life.

Paleo? Ha. No refined sugar? I might die.

Weight Watchers…tried it. Some success. But, calculating and counting is so boring. And way overrated. And it’s not fair my husband got extra points just for being a man. I mean, what the heck? They get paid more AND they get more WW points? So. Not. Fair.

But, it has recently come to my attention that my weight is getting out of control.

First, the weather cooled off. And I tried to wear pants.

Second, I weighed myself. Big mistake. Big. HUGE.

{And, if you just read that last sentence and wanted to follow it with “I have to go shopping now” I love you a little bit more.}

Since regular “dieting” is out (I’ll never stick to anything), I decided on a 48-hour cleanse to kick start me and get me…well…cleansed. (The Dr. Oz one, to be specific.)

I can do anything for 48-hours. I think.

Today is day 1.

I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve already had to pee waaaaay too many times. But that’s probably TMI.

Let’s talk cookies instead. Since I can’t eat them, I’ll share them with you.

Skinnier Butterscotch Reese's Pudding Cookies | | #cookie #Reeses #butterscotch

Now, I’m calling these Skinn{ier} Butterscotch Reese’s Cookies. Not skinny. Skinnier.

I took out some of the butter, and replaced it with applesauce. (Never fear, the butterscotch takes over and you can’t taste the apple!)

But then I filled the cookies with two cups of chopped mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


Oh, and insanely good. Did I mention that?

Because these have less fat you can eat lots of them.

Skinnier Butterscotch Reese's Pudding Cookies | | #cookie #Reeses #butterscotch

That’s proooobabbbly what got me into trouble in the first place, methinks.

Excuse me. I have a Pineapple/Pom/lemon drink that is just calling my name. I’d rather have that than cookies any day!


Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or 1-4 ounce single serve package)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package butterscotch instant pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (it’s easiest to unwrap and chop them if you have chilled them for at least 1/2 hour first)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together baking soda and flour and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, applesauce and sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chopped Reese’s.
  4. Scoop into 2 tablespoon size balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


These cookies are a little softer in texture than your usual all-butter cookies. You don't taste the applesauce, but if you'd prefer to use all butter, just substitute 1 stick for the applesauce.

Thanks for reading!

Skinnier Butterscotch Reese's Pudding Cookies | | #cookie #Reeses #butterscotch


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69 Responses to “Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies”

  1. Ashton @ Something Swanky posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm (#)

    hahahahaha :) Let me know how it goes! I looked it up to make a grocery list for today’s shopping trip– I didn’t make it past reading the first meal before I shut the lap top. Sorry… I guess I’m a poor excuse for a cleanse-buddy. :/ I DID eat spaghetti squash for dinner though… that kind of counts, right??

    These cookies look amazing! I LOVE butterscotch in the fall. And Peanut Butter Cups… well, YES PLEASE all year round :)


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 9th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      It’s been okay today actually, the foods been okay. And I haven’t felt extra hungry. Tomorrow, different story I bet!


  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm (#)

    I love that these are skinnier–yes, that’s a thing. And yes, that makes them healthy. As for fad diets, I am awful at them. Could never do Atkins or juice cleanses, but when I try to eat healthy or diet, I inevitably fail miserably. Sigh. I was meant to eat cookies forever.


  3. Dianna posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#)

    Um, we should be best friends. Because anyone that can justify suggesting that a recipe containing 2 cups of peanut butter cups is skinny-ish is most definitely welcome in my home. {And while you’re here, can we pretend that Nutella should be listed among nutritionally approved “nut butters”? K, thanks.} 😉 Not to mention, I absolutely had a Pretty Woman flashback when I first read your sentence! These look so tasty. Thanks for sharing & best of luck with your cleanse!


  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm (#)

    I am a diet fad junkie…but I never seem to finish them. I am interested in the cleanse…I can do anything for 48 hours too:-) But then I would probably fill up on cookies as soon as the cleanse was over, so big fail for me!!! Let me know how it goes!!! I’ll be eating cookies while I wait for you:-)


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I’m counting the hours until tomorrow when I can eat my GINORMOUS bowl of cereal…. :)


  5. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm (#)

    You never cease to amaze me. MMM these cookies look good!!!


  6. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm (#)

    Ugh. I tried Atkins YEARS ago and it was pretty much the worst thing ever–no fad diets for me, thankyouverymuch. But I am kindof interested in this cleanse (I totally trust Dr. Oz), so you’ll have to let me know how it works out for you.

    In the meantime, I’ll just eat some skinnier cookies and mark that down as dieting. These look great!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I’m going to talk about it Friday…so far so good!


  7. Heather @French Press posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm (#)

    seriously interested in your cleanse – I did a 28 day cleanse last January – was GREAT – BUT…the blogging and eating took over. NEED to cleanse again – or I will NEED bigger jeans


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Oh, God. 28 days? You’re superwoman! :)


  8. Jackie posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm (#)

    I crack up every day when I read your blog, thanks for the laughs Dorothy! (and the YUMMY recipes too!)


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks for always reading Jackie! :)


  9. Kristin posted on October 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm (#)

    Reading food blogs is bad for anyone’s weight. Just like looking at fashion blogs is bad for one’s self-esteem. In fact, I don’t remember being nearly as neurotic before blogging and deployment took over my life.
    I lost weight via WW in high school (my mom is a success story) and once you ingrain some of those habits they really do stick with you.
    However, cookies are cookies. And I’m not gonna eat one. I’m gonna skip lunch and dinner and eat 12 instead. It’s all about choices :)


  10. Lara posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:55 am (#)

    Hahahaha!! Love it!! Thanks for the morning smile. Good luck with your cleanse :)


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks! It’s almost over THANK GOODNESS.


  11. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:54 am (#)

    Oh, these look amazing! I’m a new fan of your blog thanks to Online BlogCon Seems most everyone there is food bloggers, but since I love food (!) that makes me happy. Looking foward to getting to “know” you a little better through your blog and the conference. Thanks for all you’re doing with it!



    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Welcome, and thanks Valerie! There are lots of foodies, but lots of ones that also do crafts and diy too. Hopefully we can connect you all!


  12. Carissa posted on October 10, 2012 at 8:20 am (#)

    those look divine. Just the perfect cookie for the fall! everything is better with reeses…good luck not eating them!


  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm (#)

    LOVE the skinni-fied cookie recipe Dorothy! Adding applesauce to cookie dough is something I’ve never tried! Oh! and I’ve never tried to make pudding cookies either. I know, I need to jump on that bandwagon!!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Oh, you totally do!! SOOOOO good!


  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm (#)

    These cookies look delicious!!

    And you poor baby…a cleanse…blech. Good luck!


  15. Kelly at Smart! School {House} posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm (#)

    These look too good to be a skinnier recipe! Awesome work:) Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}


  16. The Witch's Kitchen posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm (#)

    Not only did I hear the line, I saw the scene in my head. LOVE that movie and can recite it.

    True Story. My sister called me one day all kinds of excited. She just had to tell me about the traffic stop she made. (She’s a State Trooper) She got out of her car, walked forward and literally heard in her head, “Hey! That’s a Lotus Esprit!”

    She wanted to ask if “this baby corners like it’s on rails” but unfortunately that would not have been professional AND would not have been appreciated since she had to tow the car and ARREST the driver.


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      OMG I totally laughed out loud when I read that. That’s awesome. (Well, not for the guy that got arrested, obvi.)


  17. Angi @ AKM designs & delights posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#)

    I am seriously laughing my butt off! And you TOTALLY need to treat yourself to a little retail therapy! Just wait till your finished with your cleanse though or the only place you will see at the mall is the bathroom!

    Oh…and these cookies look amazing! Anything with Peanut Butter is a win in my book!

    p.s. its a great cleanse…


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      What I don’t get is it hasn’t been very, um, cleansing? AND I’M HUNGRY. :)


  18. Mindy posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#)

    I feel your pain. I just posted and referred to my 7 annoyance pounds that I would like to think is muscle weight, but is, in fact, buttercream and cookie dough weight. I would probably still go with the muscle thing if it wasn’t for the fact that my jeans aren’t fitting in places that I’ve never had issue with before!

    It’s kind of like that silly e-card that says “That moment when you realize your muffin top has become a pound cake ” – so true and so very, very, sad:(


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! Muffin top has become a pound cake. I love it! :)


  19. Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm (#)

    I can’t do any of the carb free/sugar free thing either. It would be total torcher! These look amazing! Have a fabulous day!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 10th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I’m dying for some sugar! Thanks Serena. :)


  20. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm (#)

    YUM. And I love skinnier. Cause I can eat more!


  21. Back For Seconds posted on October 11, 2012 at 7:26 am (#)

    Silly Dorothy. No need for a fad diet, your answer is right here: you just gave us skinnier cookies. Just eat those and you will get skinnier. Obviously… Right?
    Also, I’m pretty sure I just saw a picture of you looking totally fantastic. Diet shmiet.

    Oh, and these cookies rock. Great flavors here!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 11th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Obvi! And thanks, you’re sweet. The sexy I felt that night went out the window when we got home, lol!


  22. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:57 am (#)

    You crack me up! You sound like me lately. I lost a ton of weight last year after having my twins. Well needless to say some of the weight just magically came back on. So back to dieting I go so I’m right there with ya! Loving this recipe!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 11th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Dieting sucks. I wish they’d create a magic word, like, “weight-begone-sesame!” and it would go away. 😉


  23. Elaine posted on October 11, 2012 at 10:28 am (#)


    But good for you for taking action and doing a cleanse. I did a 3-day cleanse where I could eat raw fruits and vegetables and drink the smoothies they provided. It actually wasn’t as hard as I was expecting, but I imagine being able to eat fruits helped!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 11th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      For sure! I’d have to try that one. Was it an online one? I really liked the smoothie part. :)


  24. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm (#)

    I know right… the secret to Atkins seems to be that you can’t eat anything good so you lose tons of weight because you just. don’t. eat.

    That’s how it would be for me anyways. 😉

    Butterscotch sounds yummmmy.


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 11th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      It would NEVER work for me. Ever! :)


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  26. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on October 12, 2012 at 7:43 am (#)

    I am right there with you on the diets!!!! I hate depriving my tastebuds of the yummy goodness that is FOOD!!!!! Goodluck on the clense and I am off to make these skinner cookies!


  27. Becca posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:53 am (#)

    Yummy! These sound so delicious!


  28. Jessi posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#)

    Good luck with your cleanse! Well done you for deciding to do something about the scary number on the scale, instead of pretending it wasn’t there. And thank you for the “skinny-ish” cookie recipe. It looks delish!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 14th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Jessi! I’ll go back to pretending in a few weeks…right about Halloween when all the mini Almond Joys come home, lol!


  29. Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos posted on October 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#)

    Ugh… just thinking about going on a cleanse makes me want to eat (all) of these cookies. Now what I do HIGHLY recommend is getting a body wrap (…not the “water” loss kind, but one from a reputable spa that does it with the vitamins/minerals). I always get one before I’m about to “kick start” working out or eating better. Which starts tomorrow actually- blah!

    Thx for sharing at Pin It Thursday!


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 16th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      OOOh, I need to try that! Sounds cool!


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  31. Michelle posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:49 am (#)

    You always have the funniest posts! Love it. I would go buy new clothes, hehe. I’ve never tried a cleanse before but I just printed out the 3-day military diet and I’m trying to talk myself into it; if I could just figure out which three days I want to give up.

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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  33. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:20 am (#)

    Good luck with the cleanse. . .I could eat these cookies for you so you don’t have them around tempting you! 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 30th, 2013 at 7:28 am

      It went well! But it didn’t last, lol.


  34. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor posted on January 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm (#)

    These sounds INCREDIBLE, Dorothy!! I LOVE a good pudding mix cookie! Can’t wait to make some!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 31st, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I am slightly obsessed with pudding cookies. :)


  35. Mackenzie posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm (#)

    Seriously love all these Resses recipes coming about lately; my husband is in heaven!
    Mackenzie :)


  36. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Loving these cookies Dorothy! Of course, anything was Reese’s … 😉


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