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Dec 12

Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies

Pssst….I’m in a contest. For my Almond White Chocolate Magic Bars. If you’d like…you can vote for me…Thank you!

So, I am about to finish the third book in the Matched series by Allie Condie, Reached. It’s obsessively good, as in, reading it is all I want to do.

If you’re not familiar with the Matched series (and you should be…it’s that good), the cover of the first book has a girl inside a green globe on it. The second book, Crossed, has the girl still inside the globe, but it’s blue and her hand is breaking through. On the final book, the globe is red and she’s fully broken free from it.

Now, I rented the first book from the library, probably 6 months ago, and it went back shortly thereafter. I think I bought the second book, but I have no idea where it is, and I am now reading the third.

Why am I telling you all this? I assure you, I have a point.

The other night Jordan comes up to me while I’m reading. She points to the cover and asks, “is that a series?” and I say yes. She proceeds to tell me that, oh yeah, she remembers the other books. The one with the “girl inside the green globe” (her words) and the “second one with the blue globe, where the girl was breaking out.” Books she hasn’t looked at in months. And she remembered the covers. And taught me a lesson in the meaning of the three covers (seriously, I had not even thought twice about the parallels).

These astute memory and critical reasoning skills came from my 7 year old. The one who didn’t clear her lunch dishes for 24 hours the other day and whose 16 (different) socks I find laying about the house all day long. So…she is a genius when remembering things that have nothing to do with her…but cannot for the life of her, remember not to stack pointy hair things on the stairs where you might step on them, say, at 5am.


What else is weird and also obsessive? My addiction to pudding cookies. I just posted some yesterday, and here I go again.

These are molasses cookies…but I pumped them up withe some butterscotch pudding. You can barely taste the butterscotch (molasses is a very strong flavor!) but it is there. These are SO good! You know what would make them even better? If you put those butterscotch chips inside the cookie. (Something I forgot to do until after they baked….oops.)

These are puffy, soft, and delicious cookies! A simple, classic Christmas cookie that has been updated to fit my pudding obsession.

Seriously, I could eat pudding cookies all day every day and die a happy girl!

Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies

Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 boxes butterscotch instant pudding (3.5 ounces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips (not pictured, but would be SO good!)
  • Additional sugar for rolling, if desired


  1. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add molasses and mix until mixture is smooth. Add pudding mix and blend until combined.. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Stir in butterscotch chips, if desired. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (a few hours is preferable).
  2. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place about 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl for rolling, if desired. (Cookies will be a little crunchy on the outside with the sugar, if you use it.)
  3. Scoop one tablespoon balls of dough and roll in sugar, or just place on cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes until bottoms just begin to get golden. Cool for 5 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely. Cookies can be frozen for later consumption, if desired. Place in a ziploc bag between layers of paper towel for best results when freezing.


Important: do not use sugar-free pudding for this recipe. It creates a crumbly dough that doesn't come together properly. Use regular (instant) pudding mix.

Here are some of my other favorite pudding cookies:

Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

Almond Pudding Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

Lemon Cream Pudding Cookies

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60 Responses to “Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies”

  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on December 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm (#)

    I love that you are as addicted to pudding cookies as I am:-) These look awesome…great photos! I want to reach right into my computer and grab one! Thanks for the link love too!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 12th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! I’m soo addicted!


    • Karen A replied on December 24th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I tried this recipe today and they did not look like the photo.They did not spread out. I used 7 boxes of 1 oz pudding dry mix instead of two 3.5 oz boxes. The dough was very dry and crumbly. I can’t figure out what went wrong…Any ideas? Is the written recipe correct? Thank you.
      Karen A.


  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Hahaha astute little Jordan! And I need to read those books if ya say they’re so good. I am desperate for a new series! (do you hear me, Ellen Hopkins? Desperate!)

    Love these cookies!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 12th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      I know, she needs to come out with another one! It really is that good!


  3. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm (#)

    Pudding cookies are pretty much awesome! And I have a jar of molasses that I need to use up…so, this recipe came at just the right time. :-)


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm (#)

    Some of my fave flavors all rolled into one. Chewy soft molasses cookies AND butterscotch. Been such a fan of both lately – and your cookies look so soft and puffy!!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 13th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      My favorites too lately. Thanks Averie!


  5. Back For Seconds posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm (#)

    I love how chubby these cookies are! I have made 3 different molasses recipes this month…my daughter and husband loooooove them. Yours look so perfect. I will have to try these next!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 13th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I hope you like them! I love molasses cookies. Can I come to your house??


  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:36 am (#)

    I’m new to pudding cookies and I’m falling fast in love (have only made two kinds so far). I love butterscotch though, so these would be right up my alley!!!


  7. Jackie posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:49 am (#)

    its a good thing we aren’t neighbors, I would be in a sugar coma! I LOVE butterscotch, (almost as much as peppermint) and those lemon ones sound amazing too! Maybe I like too many categories of sugar??LOL!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 13th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Well, we kinda are neighbors. :) I should just give you trays of stuff when the boys are over!


      • Jackie replied on December 14th, 2012 at 8:23 am

        But I probably wouldn’t share! lol

  8. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:38 am (#)

    You and me both are having serious obsessions with pudding cookies lately. I just can’t get enough! The results are always so soft and chewy. And you can make so many different flavors and add different mix-ins. I love that you added butterscotch pudding to these molasses cookies. Brilliant!


  9. Bailey @ Bailey Bakes posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:29 am (#)

    Wow, you really love you some pudding cookies! I think I’ve only made pudding cookies once when I added some vanilla pudding to chocolate chip cookies. I must say it did make them a bajillion times better. Apparently, I need to make more pudding cookies!


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  11. Lisa posted on December 13, 2012 at 10:01 am (#)

    1. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have yet to make or eat a pudding cookie. But it’s happening. Soon.

    2. I needed a new series after finishing the last one that I’m too ashamed to admit I read. : )

    3. I just voted for you. : )


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you!!! And yes, you must try pudding cookies. SOO good.


  12. Heather @French Press posted on December 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm (#)

    I am SO behind on the pudding cookie craze – I guess I need to stock up of the jello
    congrats on moving onto round two!!


  13. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze posted on December 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm (#)

    I remember those lemon pudding cookies which I used in my version. I love butterscotch pudding and molasses cookies, so a win-win in the cookie category.


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  15. Rachel posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm (#)

    Could i use vanilla pudding to make them like regular traditonal chewy mollasses cookies? or should i use another flavor? (Im not into buterscotch)


  16. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on December 14, 2012 at 9:19 am (#)

    Molasses and butterscotch in a chewy cookie? mmmm Yes yes yes!!


  17. DesignedByBH posted on December 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#)

    These look great–I can’t wait to try them out! PS – I found you on the TidyMom I’m Loving It link party. :-)


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  19. medicine in answers posted on December 15, 2012 at 10:39 am (#)

    yummy and delicious looking butterscotch molasses pudding cookies. i love them to eat with a cup of tea. sounds good to read the ingredients and instructions in order to prepare it in a better way. thanks for sharing…


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  21. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on December 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm (#)

    OK I am seriously making some pudding cookies this week! I have done cake mix cookies to death ( don’t get me wrong I love them) I really want to try these! Thanks for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 16th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      You must! The variations are endless, much like cake mix cookies. :)


  22. Jen posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm (#)

    Yum all of these cookies sound amazing!


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  24. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:35 am (#)

    I have not heard of that series but I will check it out! These cookies sound sooo good!


  25. Holly Lefevre posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm (#)

    That is some serious holiday yumminess!


  26. Jenn posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm (#)

    I have never tried pudding cookies before. These look amazing – I can almost taste them! :)


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 20th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Oh, you must. They are SO good, every flavor!


  27. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:10 am (#)

    How yummy! I have to add these to my “must try” list!! They look soooo good!! Thanks for sharing!


  28. Kathryn posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm (#)

    I found you and this recipe on Pinterest and made these cookies for a New Year’s Eve party I attended. I have never gotten so many compliments on a cookie before! There were several desserts at the party and these were devoured almost immediately while the rest just sat there. My husband was so disappointed that I didn’t have any leftover to bring home! He is already begging me to make some more.


    • crazyforcrust replied on January 4th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! Yay! :)


  29. Darlene posted on December 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm (#)

    I made these cookies today with a couple of changes. I used Pumpkin Spice pudding mix and substituted pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon and nutmeg. Thanks for the recipe…pudding cookies are the best! <3


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 4th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      That sounds amazing Darlene!


  30. Andrea posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm (#)

    Hello!! I LOVE your website. :) I just thought I would tell you that. I came across it via FoodGawker via a posting there. I can’t wait to try and bake these tonight!

    Happy Holidays, and keep up the cheery, awesome site!



    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you Andrea!! :) I hope you enjoyed them!


  31. Pamela pritchard posted on December 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm (#)

    I made these tonight to include in goodie baskets I’m giving to some of our neighbors for the holidays. Yes, I used the additional butterscotch chips and rolled them in brown sugar. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness………we tried one and oh my goodness………we’re just gonna have to set some aside :-)

    Thanks very, very much for your ingeniousness!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 21st, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you like them. I need to make them again!


  32. Jean H posted on December 22, 2013 at 10:33 am (#)

    I started following your website a few months ago and have saved quite a few of your recipes. But I had yet to actually make any until I came across the Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies. What a perfect first recipe to try because they were DELICIOUS !
    So perfect for the season and will look great among the other 10 things on the cookie tray this year :) Thanks for a great recipe !


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 22nd, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      I’m so glad Jean!! Thank you!


  33. Kari Inness posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm (#)

    i tried these little lovelies tonight! I found that the stated baking time was not enough though. My oven has been known to be off by 25 degrees but not this time. Could it be that I only let the dough chill for an hour?


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