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Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies

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Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies are FULL of butterscotch flavor without a ton of guilt – they’re made with a combination of butter and applesauce to cut down on the fat. That way you can add more Reese’s peanut butter cups!
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I’ve never been one for fad diets. I’ve never been good at them either.

Atkins? NO WAY. Carbs are my life.

Paleo? Ha. No refined sugar? I might die.

Weight Watchers…tried it. Some success. But, calculating and counting is so boring. And way overrated. And it’s not fair my husband got extra points just for being a man. I mean, what the heck? They get paid more AND they get more WW points? So. Not. Fair.

But, it has recently come to my attention that my weight is getting out of control.

First, the weather cooled off. And I tried to wear pants.

Second, I weighed myself. Big mistake. Big. HUGE.

{And, if you just read that last sentence and wanted to follow it with “I have to go shopping now” I love you a little bit more.}

Since regular “dieting” is out (I’ll never stick to anything), I decided on a 48-hour cleanse to kick start me and get me…well…cleansed. (The Dr. Oz one, to be specific.)

I can do anything for 48-hours. I think.

Today is day 1.

I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve already had to pee waaaaay too many times. But that’s probably TMI.

Let’s talk cookies instead. Since I can’t eat them, I’ll share them with you.

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Now, I’m calling these Skinn{ier} Butterscotch Reese’s Cookies. Not skinny. Skinnier.

I took out some of the butter, and replaced it with applesauce. (Never fear, the butterscotch takes over and you can’t taste the apple!)

But then I filled the cookies with two cups of chopped mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


Oh, and insanely good. Did I mention that?

Because these have less fat you can eat lots of them.

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That’s proooobabbbly what got me into trouble in the first place, methinks.

Excuse me. I have a Pineapple/Pom/lemon drink that is just calling my name. I’d rather have that than cookies any day!


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Servings: 24 cookies

Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies are FULL of butterscotch flavor without a ton of guilt - they're made with a combination of butter and applesauce to cut down on the fat. That way you can add more Reese's peanut butter cups!


  • 1/4 cup butter — softened
  • 1/2 cup applesauce — or 1-4 ounce single serve package
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3.4 ounce package butterscotch instant pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together baking soda and flour and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, applesauce and sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chopped Reese’s.
  4. Scoop into 2 tablespoon size balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookie) — Calories: 112, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 40mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 80%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 11%, Iron: 0.7%

Thanks for reading!

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  1. I just made these for my Christmas Cookie giveaway…..These were absolutely melt in your mouth delicious. Thank You so much for this wonderful recipe.

  2. I don’t know what’s happened, but the ingredients are missing from this recipe! Please email the entire recipe to me. I’d love to make these.

  3. Looks delicious. I would love to these but there are no list of ingrediens, just the instructions. Would you please email me the ingredients? Thanks

  4. These Butterscotch Reese’s Pudding Cookies look beautiful — absolutely fabulous!! Our church is having a “Cookie Walk” on December 1st — and I immediately thought these would be great to make and take there.

    But the directions do not list the ingredients and their amounts. Only the directions of how and when to add and mix is given. What good is that? I thought perhaps the Toffee Apple recipe would help, but you speak of subbing applesauce for some of the butter, but do not state the amounts. So… none of these for the cookie walk!!


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