Butterscotch Molasses Pudding Cookies


These are the best pudding cookies for Christmas – they’re BUTTERSCOTCH Molasses Pudding Cookies! They combine my favorite pudding cookie recipe with butterscotch pudding mix and molasses to make the perfect holiday cookie recipe.

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

These are the best pudding cookies for Christmas - they're BUTTERSCOTCH Molasses Pudding Cookies! They combine my favorite pudding cookie recipe with butterscotch pudding mix and molasses to make the perfect holiday cookie recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 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


  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 187mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Here are some of my other favorite pudding cookie recipes:

Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

Almond Pudding Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

Lemon Cream Pudding Cookies

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  1. 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!!

  2. 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 !

  3. 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?

  4. Are there other missing information from this recipe? For some reason, I don’t see any ingredients listed? Has there been a change to your website for these? Thanks for any info you can provide,