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Apr 14

Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies

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Pudding Cookies are some of the best cookies ever and this version has them all beat! Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies combine Nutella and your favorite ice cream flavor from childhood!

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When I was a kid I think Rocky Road must have been my favorite ice cream. I remember eating lots of ice cream as a child, but I remember Rocky Road the most.

Or, maybe it was that my mom loved Rocky Road ice cream the best, so it’s what she bought most frequently. Moms area like that, I should know. I do it all the time.

Anyway, I remember filling a bowl of ice cream, letting it melt a bit (now, I just nuke it for 10 seconds), and then carefully segmenting out all the nuts and marshmallows and pushing them to one side of the bowl. I’d eat all the ice cream, then savor the best part – the Rocky part of the Rocky Road.

What? That’s not how everyone eats ice cream? You don’t pick out all the cookie dough pieces and leave them for last?

Huh. Must be my weird eating habits.

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Rocky Road is kind of a retro flavor. At least, it feels that way to me. I mean, I ate it a long time ago. That feels retro, right? When my mom turned 60 in February (party post upcoming, I promise) I threw her a 50s Diner party. When deciding what desserts to make, I thought of Rocky Road because it felt a little old-fashioned…plus it’s obviously my mom’s favorite (as evidenced by my gross under eating of all other ice cream flavors as a child).

How best to make Rocky Road Cookies? Into pudding cookies of course. How to make them even more chocolatey? By using Nutella.


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I think pudding cookies are my favorite cookies to make. I’ve made so many versions. Almond and coconut and lemon. I cannot stop adding pudding to batters! For Valentine’s Day I made Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies – and they were my favorites yet. So when I was turning Rocky Road into cookies, I decided to add Nutella again.

It was a very good choice, if I do say so myself.

These cookies are full of chocolate flavor, from the Nutella and the chocolate pudding mix. The dough comes together easy in just a few minutes. Then you make these a triple chocolate threat with chocolate chips. Nuts and Kraft Mallow Bits round out the Rocky Road Flavor.

(You could use mini marshmallows instead, but beware that regular marshmallows tend to melt into baked goods while in the oven. Freeze mini marshmallows before mixing them in if you’re not using the Mallow Bits. That will help less of them disappear into your cookie dough.)

The result? A soft and super chocolatey cookie with a marshmallow nutty crunch. The perfect Rocky Road…in a cookie.

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 I couldn’t figure out how to save the nuts and mallow bits for last. So I had to eat the whole cookie all together. That was weird for me. :)

Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies

Yield: About 36 cookies

Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies

A Nutella Pudding Cookie - made into Rocky Road with almonds and marshmallow bits!


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds, walnuts would be great too)
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Mallow Bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together baking soda, baking powder, and flour and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, Nutella, and both sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts, and Mallow Bits.
  4. Scoop 1” balls of dough and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

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95 Responses to “Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies”

  1. Robin @ Bird On A Cake posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:18 am (#)

    You just made my day a whole lot better. Rocky Road IS my favorite ice cream, and I am all over these cookies! Delish!!


  2. Liz posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:54 am (#)

    These sound delicious Dorothy! I love saving all the little pieces too! That’s the best part, right?! :)


  3. Tanya posted on April 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#)

    How funny that we think of ice cream as retro! Are we getting old? Pudding cookies never get old though! Love the rocky road flavor!


  4. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on April 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm (#)

    Oooooh…these sound yummy! You can’t go wrong with Nutella! 😉


  5. Kristen posted on April 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm (#)

    I love rocky road. These look fantastic!


  6. Mom posted on April 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm (#)

    Rocky road is still my favorite ice cream and these cookies were the greatest!!!
    Thanks again,
    Mom :}


  7. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on April 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm (#)

    This cookies look great but I’d have to make them without the nuts. I like nuts, just not in my cookies or cakes (I like them on top of some cakes but not in the cakes…I know, I’m weird!) Pinned to my food board!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2013 at 6:49 am

      You totally can! You can even add more chocolate chips. :) That always makes everything better!


  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm (#)

    My post tomorrow is chocolate-nutella cookies. Great minds think alike! These look awesome and love the rocky-ness! I need those little yummy mallow bits!


  9. Dru @ Teenage Cakeland posted on April 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm (#)

    I used to eat all the cookie dough out of the ice cream first! haha. I haven’t made pudding cookies, but they are next on my list!


  10. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm (#)

    I have GOTTA find those mallow bits! Ah! These cookies look AH-MAZING!


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  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on April 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm (#)

    This totally has my name written all over it! My favorite flavor of homemade ice cream last year was rocky road. Put it in a cookie and I say that is a pretty good deal!


    • Bryce replied on May 8th, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I’d love to know you recipe for your rocky road ice cream you’d make! I’m trying to find a good one to make my mom for mother’s day–it’s her favorite! :) Thanks!


    • Bryce replied on May 8th, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I’d love to know your recipe for your rocky road ice cream you’d make! I’m trying to find a good one to make my mom for mother’s day–it’s her favorite! :) Thanks!


      • Dorothy Kern replied on May 8th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        I’ve never made one! But I so need too. :) That sounds really good…hmmm…now I’m on a mission…

  13. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on April 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm (#)

    These look fabulous!! I love the idea of using the marshmallow bits so they don’t turn into a melted mess when baking – very clever!!


  14. Wendy posted on April 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#)

    Pudding makes a big difference in cookies (and cakes). I t makes the texture all chewy and stays that way for days! These Rocky Road cookies look chewy and crunchy and chocolaty good!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Thanks Wendy! That’s why I love them so much!


  15. Kim Beaulieu posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#)

    You’re sending me a dozen right? Okay let me clarify, a dozen batches of a dozen. <greedy rocky road fan


  16. Tieghan posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm (#)

    Loving the rocky road! What a fun cookie!! YUMM!


  17. PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad posted on April 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm (#)

    I am constantly getting the “look” from my wife whenever I eat ice cream because I do the same thing!! I always save whatever is in the ice cream for the last bite. It almost ruins the pleasure of the whole bowl because I’m looking forward to having that last bite so much.

    And call me deprived, but I only recently tried Nutella for the first time. And on top of that, I never had Rocky Road until a few years ago when the wife introduced it to me. It’s easily one of my favorites now.

    That said, these cookies look so awesome! I never had pudding cookies before.. how much have I been missing out?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Well, I’m glad you’ve at least tried them now! I’m such a picky eater, but I have no problem trying food that’s sweet! :)


  18. Amy Tong posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:24 am (#)

    Oh goodness. These Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies sound heavenly! Isn’t it funny how a particular food brings back so many childhood memories? :) As far as weird eating habit’s concern, I think I’ve got my fair share in some way. Saving the best for last definitely is one of mine as well. hehe….so good to know I’m not the only one out there. 😛


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Oh, I’m plenty weird for both of us, believe me Amy! :)


  19. Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:23 am (#)

    These look too good, I am in love with anything rocky road and so need these cookies i my life!


  20. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:27 am (#)

    Good grief, my pants are gonna haaaaaate me. I want these cookies right now!

    PS, I totally pick out all the good stuff from ice cream. I mean, who is vanilla ice cream without the cookie dough pieces? A NOBODY, that’s who.


  21. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) posted on April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am (#)

    I hated rocky road as a kid! But now it’s one of my favorites. These cookies look perfect.


  22. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    Cookies galore! These are calling my name. And by the way, I do the same thing with ice cream. When the bowl is licked clean, I have the tiny bits of goodness left. It prolongs the experience.


  23. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm (#)

    Anything with Nutella in it is fine by me!


  24. carrian posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#)

    Ok, not gonna lie, it’s 9:30 at night, but if you knocked on my door right now I’d cave for those babies


  25. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:40 am (#)

    Rocky road is the best! I love your Nutella twist :)


  26. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#)

    I love that you love pudding cookies as much as I do…we are pudding cookie sisters for sure!!!! This is one incredible sounding one…I love when you add Nutella to them!!!!


  27. Elizabeth @ posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:35 am (#)

    Um, yes please. I love everything about these cookies. Pudding? Check. Rocky road? Check. Nutella, great big check! These sound amazing.


  28. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:43 am (#)

    Holey Moley girl! Those sound fantastic!


  29. Jen B posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:03 am (#)

    What a great idea! I bet those are fun! :)


  30. Cindy Harris posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm (#)

    Why have I never added pudding to a cookie?? I’ll have to change that soon.
    I do love rocky road ice cream. Hubby had season tickets to BYU basketball games–I only went with him because they sold the best ice cream cones! He got cookies and cream I went for the rocky road or burnt almond fudge! Even I could get thru a college basketball game with a good ice cream cone.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I’d go to basketball for ice cream, totally. :) Thanks Cindy!


  31. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm (#)

    I love these! Pinning!


  32. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm (#)

    I love rocky road. I mean, who doesn’t? Marshmallow, chocolate and nuts = heavenly delicious!!!!
    These cookie look and sound fantastic Dorothy!!


  33. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen posted on April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm (#)

    Rocky road was totally my favourite flavour of ice cream too. These cookies look fabulous, I was looking for nutella cookies today and these sound right up my alley.


  34. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm (#)

    I love rocky road!! When I was a kid I would mix my ice cream into soup and then I’d pick out the almonds (yuck) and hoard the marshmallows. Kids are weird…


  35. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm (#)

    I love rocky road – but never have it at home because my weird husband doesn’t like nuts. Now that I type that out, it really doesn’t seem like a problem, because then I’d get it all to myself. And this cookie version? LOVE!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 6:17 am

      LOL! Totally better for you!


  36. Christi @ The Not So Perfect Mom posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm (#)

    Rocky road, Nutella, and pudding? I am so in! Need to try these soon!!


  37. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm (#)

    Freaking Amazing! We should do a cookie exchange for OBC’13! Just a suggestion. Pinned this! Thanks for sharing these on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker I hope to see ya again on Monday night!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      OMG I kind of love that idea…everyone gets a goody bag! :) Thanks Karyn!


  38. Danielle posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:39 am (#)

    These were fabulous!! I changed them a bit, added 1/4 cup peanut butter and M&M’ s. My husband can’t get enough of them.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Oooh, PB. Yes!! Thanks for letting me know Danielle!


  39. Kate posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:30 am (#)

    My husband loves rocky road ice cream and Nutella. He is going to be so pumped when I make these! Thanks so much for sharing these!! =)


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  42. Cindy posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:49 am (#)

    I made these cookies with half the sugar amount and everyone at work loved them so much!!
    Thanks for the recipe :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 23rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for telling me that Cindy! I always wonder if I could cut down the sugar! :)


  43. Laura R. posted on June 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm (#)

    Dorothy you are my go to girl! I made these for my niece and I hope there are some left to actually give to her.
    So. Good. And I can’t wait to make the Fruity Pepples Pudding Cookies for my book club.
    Thanks for always sharing super good, super easy recipes.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 23rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked them. The fruity pebbles ones are my favorite so far! :)


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  48. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:53 am (#)

    So I made these last night and I’m in love! I had no patience for finding mallow bits so I just chopped up some mini marshmallows…done and done! They were super delicious and chocolatey!


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  50. charlene posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm (#)

    i made these tonight and my cookies stayed in ball form and didnt look like they were gonna flatten out :( i just pulled them out and i figured out that you cannot leave them in ball form. you need to flatten them a little bit. but other than that they are pretty good.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 31st, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Hmmm, I’m sorry Charlene! I know mine stayed puffy – they didn’t get really flat like some cookies – but I didn’t have them stay in a ball. Did you chill the dough at all? That can sometimes cause them not to flatten. Also, how do you measure your flour? If there is too much flour (if it’s accidentally packed in the measuring cup) that can cause that too. At least they tasted good! :)


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