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May 26

Cashew Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

These are seriously the BEST COOKIE I’ve had in a really, really long time.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’re one of the best cookies I’ve ever made.

Cashew Butterscotch Pudding Cookies NEED to happen in your kitchen. You won’t be sorry.

These are the BEST Butterscotch Pudding Cookies I've ever had!

Things I hate about social media:

  • It forces you to be on all. the. time.
  • You have no excuse not to answer when someone messages or tweets you at all hours because you get an alert on your phone, your computer, your iPad, and your Kindle all within 30 seconds of each other.
  • Before you could be anonymous. Now there is no such thing as privacy. While I don’t care baring my life for all to see (obviously) it’s second nature to put it all out there. Also, you can’t control what everyone else posts. That horrible photo of you at the prom in 1994? Next week’s #tbt from your BFF.
  • It makes you doubt your self-worth. Only 10 likes? What?
  • Instead of not knowing about all the parties your friends (or your kids’ friends) don’t invite you too, you get a front row seat to their social media photo bombing.
  • Your family gets annoyed with you because you can’t. stop. all. the. instagraming. Which is why I like to eat with food bloggers.

The reason I love social media:

  • I love e-cards, cats, and catching up with people I don’t get to see in real life.
  • I love seeing what everyone is eating. And where I should go on my next vacay.
  • I’m addicted to it and I can’t possibly NOT want to use it.
  • I’m narcissistic. Obviously.

The only thing these cookies have in common with social media is that they are on G+ as we speak, will be on Twitter in 3 hours, on Facebook in 12, and on Instagram as soon as I get to the gym.

I’m going to say it again: possibly the best cookies I’ve ever made. (And I’ve made a lot of cookies!) They’re even tied with these.

Triple the butterscotch in these perfect butterscotch pudding cookies!

Last week Averie posted Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars and immediately my mouth was watering for butterscotch.

I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but when I was a kid I hated butterscotch. My mom used to put a whole pack of butterscotch chips in rice krispie treats and it would just RUIN them.

I don’t know what was wrong with me. My mom should have taken me to the doctor or something. Because butterscotch is thebombdotcom.

{#sorrynotsorry I had to go there. I’ve been wanting to say that for weeks now.}

These cookies are just bursting with butterscotch flavor. I mean, they’re butterscotch pudding cookies. It’s pretty much the only flavor in there, so if you love butterscotch, it’ll be a match made in heaven.

The softest Butterscotch Pudding Cookies EVER! Made with brown sugar and filled with cashews!

I started the cookies with melted butter and used only brown sugar. Homemade butterscotch starts that way too – with brown sugar and butter. So, in essence, these cookies are butterscotch to the core.

Added into the batter is a small box of instant butterscotch pudding mix (the dry stuff, not the actual pudding). You just mix it into the batter and the result is a super soft cookie that stays soft for days. It’s why I love pudding cookies so darn much!

Then, because double butterscotch isn’t good enough, I added a cup of butterscotch chips to the batter, along with some chopped cashews. Now, I know that cashews are uber expensive, but they go SO well with the butterscotch flavor. They’re rich and salty and are the perfect complement. I suggest buying them at Trader Joe’s, if you have one, because they’re cheaper than at the grocery store. Or, if you have a grocery store that sells in bulk bins (like Winco or Whole Foods) buy just a cup, because that’s all you need.

In a pinch, you can substitute peanuts. That would be amazing too – peanut butter and butterscotch are BFFs.

This dough needs to be chilled for at least 30 minutes. I like to scoop out my cookie dough balls and place them on my prepared cookie sheets and chill those for about 30 minutes. One, they chill faster that way, and two, they’re easier to scoop while the dough is warm.

Don’t skip the chilling step – even though you’ll be tempted. Starting with melted butter gives the cookies a richer butterscotch flavor, but that melted butter needs to firm back up or you’ll get flat cookies.

I don’t like flat cookies, yo.

I slightly underbake these cookies for 11-12 minutes and they’re gooey and perfect, as you can see. They’re soft and full of butterscotch flavor.

It’s like I always say: Mom is always right.

Cashew Butterscotch Pudding Cookies are my FAVORITE cookies of all time!

See you on Facebook. Heck I’m on there right now. Something just dinged…

Cashew Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Yield: 24

Butterscotch in every bite! These cookies are made with melted butter and only brown sugar, butterscotch pudding mix, and are filled with butterscotch chips and cashews.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) Instant Butterscotch Pudding Mix (not sugar-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups Butterscotch chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews or peanuts


  1. **This recipe requires chilling, so prepare for that.**
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream melted butter and sugar. Mix in vanilla and egg until smooth. Mix in pudding mix (just the powdery mix, not actual pudding). Mix in salt, baking soda, and then flour, mixing until well blended. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes, then stir in 1 cup of butterscotch chips and nuts.
  3. Drop cookie dough balls (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) onto 2 cookie sheets that have been lined with silpat baking mats or parchment paper. Press a few of the remaining butterscotch chips onto the top each cookie. (You can do the same with extra cashews if you wish.) The pressing on top just makes them prettier, but is not necessary. Slightly press the balls down with the palm of your hand - very gently. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until the edges lose their sheen. I like them a little under done at about 11-12 minutes, but if you like your cookies more done, cooke them a few minutes longer.

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53 Responses to “Cashew Butterscotch Pudding Cookies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:08 am (#)

    Oh wow I bet the depth of flavor is just incredible with these from the butterscotch, the pudding, the cashews, and great texture, too. The fact that you’re saying they’re possibly the best cookies you’ve EVER made is a huge statement! pinned


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I had to put them right in the freezer or I would have eaten them all the first day!


  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:38 am (#)

    Pudding is my favorite in cookies…and chilling the dough always makes the BIGGEST fattest cookies! I totally would have never put butterscotch and cashews together, but it sounds DYNAMITE! And, I am with you on ALL aspects of social media! My hubby is always telling me to stop instragraming ALL THE THINGS! Pinned :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Thanks for the pin Taylor!!


  3. Medeja posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:46 am (#)

    Yummy! Irresistible cookies!


  4. Jess @ Sweet Menu posted on May 26, 2014 at 4:11 am (#)

    Oh boy! Butterscotch and cashews are two of my favourite things! These cookies look beautiful, love their golden brown colour.


  5. Mir posted on May 26, 2014 at 4:56 am (#)

    I love how these are like butterscotch blondies in cookie form! That texture is fabulous.
    And feel free to rail against social media. Double-edged sword, my friend!


  6. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on May 26, 2014 at 4:59 am (#)

    Oh my goodness these are making me hungry. I love butterscotch as well, can’t wait to try these out! :)


  7. Tieghan posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:50 am (#)

    I love cashews and the go perfectly with butterscotch! I bet these cookies are amazing! :)


  8. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:08 am (#)

    These sound AMAZING!!!


  9. Kate @ Diethood posted on May 26, 2014 at 7:12 am (#)

    Social Media and I have a love/hate relationship – I couldn’t agree with you more on all points. However, your cookies?!? Now that’s LOVE! They sound absolutely delicious!
    Thank you for the link-love!!


  10. Allie | Baking a Moment posted on May 26, 2014 at 7:39 am (#)

    I LOVE how soft and chewy these cookies look! And those salty cashews look like the perfect crunchy touch 😉


  11. Matt Robinson posted on May 26, 2014 at 8:57 am (#)

    The flavors in these Dorothy, AMAZING! Saved and can;t wait to try them soon.


  12. Mom posted on May 26, 2014 at 9:53 am (#)

    Oh, yes, these look fabulous! And of course mom is always right! lol …don’t you tell Jordan that you are always right?
    Can’t wait for mine! xoxo


  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:20 am (#)

    I need these cookies in my life Dorothy and I will do whatever possible to have them. They are perfect!!


  14. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:39 am (#)

    Love the idea of using butterscotch pudding. These look amazingly good. BTW I think we all have a love hate relationship with social media :)


  15. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm (#)

    My boyfriend always makes fun of me because I’m always on instagram- I can’t help it, I just need to know what everyone is eating!
    I love love love butterscotch and I LOVE pudding cookies- they’re always so thick and soft for DAYS.


  16. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm (#)

    I love cashews like crazy! BUT my 9 year old daughter is deathly allergic to them so unfortunately, I don’t bake with them. :( I may have to send her to grandma’s house for an evening and bake up a whole batch all to myself and devour the evidence before she gets home. Nothing wrong with that right!?!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Nothing wrong at all! They’d be good nut-free though too. :)


  17. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm (#)

    Areyoukiddingme?!!? {hold on, I’ll be right back…}

    Okay, phew! I just had to run and check and see if I have butterscotch pudding mix. And {huge sigh of relief} I do!!! And I’ll be making these tomorrow. I am practically giddy with excitement! Giddy! They look and sound delicious, and if you say they are one of your favorite cookies, then I need them in my oven ASAP! I heart you, Dorothy! Even if I don’t heart your use of “thebombdotcom”, because now that phrase is stuck in my head thankyouverymuch.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      You’re welcome. For the cookies AND the phrase. I saw it on twitter and on a few blogs last week and it’s been stuck ever since.


  18. ATasteOfMadness posted on May 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm (#)

    I have never made cookies with pudding mix, but this looks great!! I definitely want to try it out!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 27th, 2014 at 6:40 am

      You totally should – they make the best cookies!! :)


  19. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm (#)

    I am crazy for cashews soooo I should probably bake these cookies because that is the natural thing to do. And then Instagram them, obviously.


  20. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:04 am (#)

    You had me at butterscotch cookies! Delish! But with cashews, too? Amazing! Can’t wait to try these!


  21. marcie posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:45 am (#)

    These sound like butterscotch heaven…and that’s a flavor I haven’t had in a mighty long time! p.s. I love your social media run down! :)


  22. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:59 am (#)

    I LOVE cashews! I’ve never put them into cookies though and I am sure that adds so much. And probably a little bit of a salty taste which I love salty and sweet. These look fantastic Dorothy! Pinned :)


  23. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:42 am (#)

    I love cashews AND butterscotch chips! I’m loving this combination in these cookies, and definitely pinning this!


  24. Cookbook Queen posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:49 am (#)

    LOVING this flavor combo!!


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  26. Laurie F. posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm (#)

    I so don’t like the lack of privacy on social media, so I am not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. I think one of my brothers has listed us on his Facebook account, but I can’t control that. I am just in private groups online (like Up2us). Dorothy, those cookies are a must-try! I trust your recipes, and I love your ideas – you’re the best!


  27. Becky (So Very Blessed) posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness…I love cashews. I love butterscotch. Marrying them together sounds like a match made in heaven!


  28. Mary Frances posted on May 28, 2014 at 6:01 am (#)

    I’ Especially with today’s technology, you really can’t help but get every notification from every social media site every couple minutes. There are so many things that make it worth it, but then so many things that make me go “Why the heck am I even on??” (bad seflies, I’m looking at you 😉 )
    But these cookies, oh man, they forgive all those bad selfies. What a fantastic combo! I’m not butterscotches biggest fan, but I love cashews. I’ve never put them in any kind of dessert before – what have I been doing?! Thanks for sharing, pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 28th, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Thanks for the pin Mary Frances!


  29. Samina | The Cupcake Confession posted on May 28, 2014 at 8:16 am (#)

    Oh I completelyyyyy agree with you! Social media can be so soooo addicting! It’s difficult to log on to Pinterest and NOT spend a minimum of 60 minutes there! Social media especially when I’m taking breaks during revisions is disastrous! 😀 So addictive! JUST LIKE THESE BOMBDOTCOM PUDDING COOKIES! hahaha I couldn’t resist saying that either! 😀 I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE BUTTERSCOTCH and Cashews are my favorite nuts on the planet!!!!! Combining these two is just the best thing EVER!


  30. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:07 am (#)

    These flavors are fantastic! I can’t wait to try these with my kids. My daughter says this is the summer of trying new things. She is pretty picky, but I think she will love these 😀


  31. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm (#)

    oh my gawd, you are hilarious! love the reasons you love social media. . I’m trying to leave your blog but I can’t! too much deliciousness here!!! Don’t mind all the pinning. .


  32. Lynna posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:34 am (#)

    Haha, okay, with that starting off sentence right here, you`ve got be convinced. I must make these cookies! I love butterscotch pudding in desserts.

    I hate how we always have to be on top of all the social media stuff too! Makes it hard to keep up with everything and everyone updating! 😛


  33. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm (#)

    Need to try these like…today. LOVE cashews. LOVE butterscotch. And you know how I feel about pudding cookies :) Fabulous Dorothy!


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  35. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Ohmygosh yes, it’s completely true about social media… I’m starting to doubt my self-worth every so often (mainly on sleep-deprived or I-ate-too-much-sugar-while-recipe-testing-and-hate-the-ensuing-bloating days) when recipes and photos I think will do really well get practically ignored on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest. I try blaming it on their new algorithms, but that doesn’t always work… Boo. Anyway, to happier subjects — your cookies!! I need to get back on the pudding cookie bandwagon! They were all I could think about this past spring, but I made myself bake other things. I think it’s been long enough, and you’ve convinced me that I need to try a butterscotch version soon!


  36. Kristyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:30 am (#)

    These look SOOO Good. I love butterscotch and cookies!


  37. Noelle posted on June 14, 2014 at 10:11 am (#)

    These are so yummy and a great change from the normal chocolate chip (although those are always welcome with me too). I just made these for Father’s Day and I know my dad is going to love them!


  38. Karla posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm (#)

    I have been following and using several of your cookie recipes, but you have done it with these. My husband and son have asked for these over and over since I first showed them the recipe. A big Thank You for opening some new doors in our home.



    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 1st, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Yay!! I’m so glad you like them Karla!!


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  41. Loni posted on May 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm (#)

    Just made these. I used honey roasted cashews because I spied them at the grocery store and thought they would be divine. These cookies are wonderful. A good change of pace from chocolate chip. You are my favorite food blogger. 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 10th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you Loni! I love the idea of using honey roasted. That sounds AMAZING. And I know, cookies are normally so chocolatey, which I love, and these are a great break from that!


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