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Hands down, this is my favorite pudding cookie recipe ever. And that’s an hefty endorsement, since I love pudding cookies so much! Fireworks Pudding Cookies – a brown sugar pudding cookie full of red, white, and blue!

Fireworks Pudding Cookies - a brown sugar pudding cookie full of red, white, and blue!

You guys, BIG NEWS! We got invited to a 4th of July party!

Okay, I’m betting there are two camps of people out there after reading that sentence: the group that feels sorry for me because it’s such a big deal and the group that thinks I’m crazy for thinking it’s a big deal.

Believe me, it is a big deal. We never get invited anywhere. And before you feel sorry for me again, don’t. We’re totally antisocial people. I’m an introvert who panics in big crowds and my husband likes to be at home. We work well together.

But this year on the 4th we’ll be at a huge block party, which means I’ll be bringing dessert. Maybe I’ll bring cookies. But not these cookies, I took them to an end-of-school pool party. As a food blogger, my seasons are all messed up. For 4th of July, I’ll probably make a pumpkin pie.

Fireworks Pudding Cookies

When I say that these pudding cookies are my favorite pudding cookies, I’m not joking. I’ve made lots of pudding cookies over the years (like lemon, coconut, oatmeal, and chocolate) but up until now my favorite have been the Cashew Buttersctoch ones. Soft and full of flavor, those cookies were a hit. Butterscotch and cashews not withstanding, I think what made those cookies such a winner was the brown sugar. They were full of it…and so are these.

Pretty much these cookies are brown sugar pudding cookies. Brown sugar is the only sugar in the cookies, besides what’s in the pudding mix itself. Using all brown sugar in a recipe intensifies and deepens the cookie flavor while leaving them pillowy soft and chewy.

So, pretty much, when you add brown sugar AND pudding mix to a cookie? Softness explosion. If you like a soft cookie that still has some chew, these are for you.

(I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.)

Fireworks Pudding Cookies - a brown sugar pudding cookie full of red, white, and blue! This is the perfect easy cookie recipe for any party.

The best part about a pudding cookie recipe is that you can completely change the cookie with one simple substitution. Those Cashew Butterscotch cookies had butterscotch pudding. (Hence the deep color and intense butterscotch flavor!) I chose a simple vanilla pudding for these cookies, so you really taste the brown sugar and vanilla you’d expect from a chocolate chip cookie.

But it’s better.

As I’ve said before, I love red, white, and blue food. It’s my favorite color combo and I wanted to make some cookies that would be perfect for your 4th of July party…if you’re invited to one or even if it’s a party of one. 🙂

These cookies are easy and come together fast. They do require chilling, but that’s because I love an extra-soft and gooey cookie. I added 4th of July M&Ms and red and blue sprinkles so they look like Fireworks Pudding Cookies! We all know that cookies are perfect for summer parties. They don’t melt or require serving utensils, which makes these the perfect party cookie!

(BTW, if you’re having trouble finding the patriotic M&Ms, look in the actual candy aisle. I found them at Target near the regular M&Ms. You could also use any color M&M or your favorite flavor. You can find the sprinkles at most craft stores or even Target/Walmart.)

Fireworks Pudding Cookies

How are you going to celebrate the 4th? With cookies, I hope!

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Servings: 24

Fireworks Pudding Cookies

These brown sugar pudding cookies are my new favorite cookie recipe! Soft and chewy, they're perfect filled with patriotic colors and M&Ms!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar — packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box — 3.4 ounces INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix (just the mix, don't make the pudding)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red and blue sprinkles — or any colors
  • 3/4 cup 4th of July M&Ms — or any color of M&M


  1. Note: This dough requires chilling.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Mix in egg and vanilla until smooth. Add pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Mix in flour, then stir in sprinkles and M&Ms.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment or a silpat baking mat. There’s no need to space them out, you’re going to chill them. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Place chilled cookie dough balls 2” apart on cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month.

Don’t forget to check out my Fireworks SUGAR COOKIE CAKE! It’s also the best for any party. And try these Triple Chocolate Cookies by It’s Yummi and my other favorite, Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies by Barefeet in the Kitchen!

Triple Dark Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Triple Dark Chocolate Pudding Cookies (11 of 11)

Funfetti Gooey Bars

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M&M Sugar Cookies

M&M Sugar Cookies (1 of 5)w

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  1. I’m married to an extreme introvert, Dorothy, so I get it. When we first started dating and he told me he wanted to skip a party, his reasoning was, “I’m scared of the people.” So over the years, I’ve become more antisocial to make up for it.
    Bottom line: I totally get how excited you are! We hardly ever get invited to parties, either. But I don’t feel sad about it.
    These pudding cookies are over the top with that brown sugar! Texture is perfect!

  2. Dorothy – Forth of July Parties are so fun. I’ve been going to a different one each year. Usually there is awesome food, swimming, paddle boating, and I think one year there might’ve been an ice luge. Haha. You must be looking forward to this one! I’ve never tried to make pudding cookies, but you’ve convinced me to try with all of those M&Ms and sprinkles. 🙂 

  3. How fun are these cookies!? We don’t get invited to too many parties either since we have a daughter with an early bedtime. We’re the lame family that has to leave before 8 so we can start our bedtime activities. Have fun at the party!

  4. Hi Dorothy! I hope you will have a lot of fun to this Party!!!! I’ve never think that I could do cookies with pudding mixture! But  Hey! This is a Marvelous idea!!! I have to try it! 

  5. I have a hard time wanting to go to parties with large crowds or even to smaller ones where there will be people I don’t know. I am not a conversation starter and as a kid I really didn’t have too many friends. However, I’m getting better at it and have found once I get to the party someone usually comes over to strike up a conversation. Now–these cookies look awesome! And I have to agree with you about red, white and blue! It’s so cheery and festive to me.

  6. These cookies look amazing and well sprinkles <3

  7. How many cookies does one batch of these make? Can’t wait to try them but need to make sure I have enough for the party 🙂

  8. I can totally relate, Dorothy! Except, we get invited to things all the time and I just refuse to go. I don’t fear crowds but I do despise small talk. And that is basically what you do within a group of people; it’s so exhausting! I would rather spend quality time with those I’m close to instead of having superficial conversations with strangers.
    These cookies are so fun! I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never had a pudding cookie. I think it’s high time I tried them, starting with these!

  9. Patriotism seems to be running rampant today. 😉 Dorothy, these cookies sound amazing! With both pudding and brown sugar, they just have to be the softest! I, too, love versatile recipes that can be changed up easily. Thanks for the recipe, and have fun at the party!

  10. you had me at brown sugar.  these are going on the must make list!

  11. I love a soft and gooey cookie, too! I also love a crispy cookie..and a chewy cookie… 😉 I am also excited to get invited anywhere! My husband and I have moved a ton and we are always the ‘new’ people. But we also are a bit shy.

  12. Pudding cookies are my favourite cookies! These looks so soft and chewy 🙂 Pinned.

  13. These are the most patriotic cookies I have ever seen! So festive!

  14. Had I known you were looking to be invited somewhere, I would have invited you HERE. Gah. Next year! First time I had a pudding cookie, was 5 years ago at Christmas. Best cookies ever. Love these! And also? I feel ya on the blogger holidays. Halloween treats in July isn’t weird, right? O.o 

  15. Being from the land up north, July 4th is still new to me. But if it means getting to shovel these ULTRA fun cookies into my face? I am SO up for celebrating! Pinned!

  16. I haven’t had a pudding cookie yet! Debauchery! But these look so incredibly chewy and delicious 🙂 

  17. I think that not many people want to entertain anymore.  I can count on one hand the number of birthday parties my daughter has been invited to that are at a home.  We have lots of people over for bbq’s that have a good time, and stay really long, but don’t invite us back to their house.  Maybe they hate to cook! I’m glad that I love to cook/bake, and you are a big help with that!

  18. My parents’ friends had great 4th of July parties when I was a kid – BBQ, backyard fireworks, ice cream – I loved them! I would be SUPER excited if we were invited to a party for the 4th – we sometimes have one close friend over and we just do chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and some other summer favorites all by ourselves…

    So, I have a recipe question – I am so excited to make these cookies and I bake on stoneware. Usually with cookies I use parchment and transfer the cookies and paper to a rack when I take it from the oven because the stone stays hot a while. What do you recommend with this recipe? Leave it on the stone anyway per instructions or move it?

    • I would do what you normally do with your stoneware. I’ve never cooked on that, so I’m not sure how long it stays cooking. These cook just like any other chocolate chip cookie (but they stay soft for days) so go with how you usually do it! (Sorry for my delay in replying, I’ve been out of town!)

  19. How funny! I’m an introvert, and tend to get excited over invites too. But then I just go out of obligation when I’d rather stay home. I hope you enjoy the party!

  20. Dorothy, these cookies are gorgeous! I love the patriotic colors! And I think I would eat this entire batch. Pinned!

  21. I love pudding cookies, they always have the BEST texture!  These look like no exception, I love their colors!

  22. All I want in life are these cookies!!

  23. These cookies look so moist, soft and fabulous! I absolutely need seven of them right this second.

  24. Can I confess?  I’ve never actually MADE pudding cookies.  I see posts for them, and they look perfect in every way.  I’ve never actually attempted them myself, though, and I feel I’m missing out.  I need to get on board with pudding cookies ASAP.  These look far too tasty!

  25. Have to try thse asap! Adorable!!!

  26. I love adding pudding to all my bake goods. It just adds a little extra flavor but it goes a long way. And slowly m&m cookies are becoming my favorite cookies. I can`t wait to give these a try. 

  27. I’m going to try this as a giant cookie! Hope it turns out nicely. I’ve never made pudding cookies and I’m so glad I found this blog! I’ve got to try them all now lol.  These look so great and festive. My family always has a big 4th of July bbq and I’m expected to bring dessert. These will be perfect! I’ll make them regular size for the 4th. Thanks for this great recipe. Can’t wait to try them! 

  28. How cute are these!? They look so festive and moist. I’ll be trying these!

  29. These are so fun and festive! And yay for being invited to the 4th of July party, that sounds fun! Love soft and chewy cookies so these are right up my alley! 

  30. Can you believe I’ve never made a pudding cookie before? I’m always the last one to try everything. These sound truly awesome!

  31. I only have salted butter. Should I omit the salt in the recipe? Thanks!

  32. Do you have to use “instant” pudding or is the regular OK? I bought regular and am too lazy to go back to the store!

  33. I made these yesterday for a 4th of July party and I received lots of compliments on them! there weren’t any left at the end of the day 🙂  The only bad part was that I couldn’t find any 4th of July M&Ms, so I went through a regular bag and sorted out all of the red and blue… But, it paid off! Thanks for sharing 🙂 

  34. I want to make these for Memorial Day but I can only make them on Friday for a party on Sunday. If they are kept in a tupperware container, do you think they will be stale within 2 days? Would it be better to refrigerate them?

  35. Love the recipe! Does anyone know by chance how many cookies this batch makes?

  36. I made these for work and they were gone in minutes!  I’m definitely keeping this recipe on hand.  They were tasty!

  37. A trick I learned to keep cookies fresh was to keep a slice of white bread in the container.  It works great!

  38. My first batch of these cookies are chilling as we speak, waiting to be baked. The dough looks (and tastes lol) great! They will be going to a family 4th gathering this evening (if there are any left)! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Does anyone know if I can use gluten free flour?  

    • I’ve used it in other cookies (the 1:1 all purpose substitute) and it worked but made them a little more crumbly. The pudding should compensate, but let me know how they turn out!

  40. I did try it and it worked just fine! I had to cook them a little longer, but still taste great! Thanks so much! Happy 4TH!

  41. I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty

  42. I know this is an old post, but my local stores only carry light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. Which do i get?

  43. Did you use a large or a small box of pudding mix? Thanks!

  44. Can I use colored sugar crystals instead of the sprinkles that you show?

  45. How much sprinkles do I use if I’m doubling recipe

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