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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  1. You just made my day a whole lot better. Rocky Road IS my favorite ice cream, and I am all over these cookies! Delish!!
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  2. These sound delicious Dorothy! I love saving all the little pieces too! That’s the best part, right?! :)
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  3. 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. Oooooh…these sound yummy! You can’t go wrong with Nutella! ;)

  5. I love rocky road. These look fantastic!

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

  7. 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!
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  8. 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. 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!
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  10. I have GOTTA find those mallow bits! Ah! These cookies look AH-MAZING!

  11. 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!
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  12. 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!!
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  13. 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!
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  14. You’re sending me a dozen right? Okay let me clarify, a dozen batches of a dozen. <greedy rocky road fan

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

  16. 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?
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  17. 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. :P
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  18. These look too good, I am in love with anything rocky road and so need these cookies i my life!
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  19. 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.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Sour Patch Pink Lemonade CookiesMy Profile

  20. I hated rocky road as a kid! But now it’s one of my favorites. These cookies look perfect.
    Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) recently posted..Quiche LorraineMy Profile

  21. 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.
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  22. Anything with Nutella in it is fine by me!
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  23. 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
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  24. Rocky road is the best! I love your Nutella twist :)

  25. 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!!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Mango Habanero Chicken Wraps #GiveMeWyngzMy Profile

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

  27. Holey Moley girl! Those sound fantastic!
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  28. What a great idea! I bet those are fun! :)
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  29. 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.
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  30. I love these! Pinning!

  31. I love rocky road. I mean, who doesn’t? Marshmallow, chocolate and nuts = heavenly delicious!!!!
    These cookie look and sound fantastic Dorothy!!
    Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking recently posted..Banana sheet cakeMy Profile

  32. 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.
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  33. 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…
    Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate recently posted..Coconut Cream CakeMy Profile

  34. 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!
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl recently posted..Guilt-Free Blueberry MuffinsMy Profile

  35. Rocky road, Nutella, and pudding? I am so in! Need to try these soon!!
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  36. 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!

  37. Danielle says:

    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.

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

  40. Laura R. says:

    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.

  41. 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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  42. charlene says:

    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.

    • 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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