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Santa’s Favorite Cookies are soft brown sugar pudding cookies, stuffed with Christmas colored M&M’s and festive sprinkles. I mean, I can only assume these are Santa’s Favorite Cookies. They sure as heck are some of mine!


Santas Favorite Cookies - they must be because they're so good! And easy pudding cookie recipe filled with brown sugar and Christmas candy!

Okay, so I gotta say. I’m kind of in the mood for Christmas now. Even as recent as a few days ago I was completely bah humbug, but now…now I’m excited for the lights and the music, the family and the parties, and the shopping.

(And the cookies…don’t ever forget the cookies!)

I think my shift in thinking really started a few days before Thanksgiving. Kohls started their online Black Friday sale early and I bought a bunch of stuff for $100. Something about buying all the expensive things and realizing they only cost you about $10 a piece really got me in the mood for the holidays.

I know, shopping got me in the Christmas spirit; somewhere in the North Pole Santa is rolling his eyes.

Speaking of Santa, I happen to know that these are his favorite cookies. I mean, why wouldn’t they be? They’re brown sugar pudding cookies filled with bright firecracker Christmas sprinkles and holiday M&Ms.

Santa’s favorite cookies – well, they are my favorite cookies…why shouldn’t they be his?

Santa's Favorite Cookies - an easy pudding cookie recipe.

This cookie recipe is such an easy one, and it’s totally foolproof. I am so in love with pudding cookies, obviously. You can make so many flavor combinations: chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, lemon. If they make a pudding mix for that flavor, you can make that flavor cookie.

For this pudding cookie recipe, I used all brown sugar, which is the same as the one I made for the 4th of July. I knew I had to replicate that cookie for Christmas because second to red, white, and blue, red and green is my favorite color combo.

(Besides teal and teal, that is.)

The cookie dough mixes together easily, with butter and brown sugar and vanilla pudding mix. Brown sugar and pudding mix by themselves yield super soft and pillowy cookies, but when used together? It’s like a soft cookie to the extreme. And they stay soft for days – no stale cookies here!

(Santa’s favorite cookies would NOT be stale cookies!)

Leave these on a plate with a tall glass of milk or eggnog and Santa will be sure to stop and stay awhile. (If the cookies last that long, that is!)

Santas Favorite Cookies - they must be because they're so good! And easy pudding cookie recipe filled with brown sugar and Christmas candy!

What are your favorite Christmas cookies??

A few notes about the recipe for Santa’s Favorite Cookies:

  • The dough requires chilling, so be sure to plan for that.
  • Be sure to use instant pudding mix, not cook-n-serve. You just need one of the small boxes, which is about 3.4 ounces, depending on the brand.
  • Get creative – use any flavor pudding mix. Have a craving for butterscotch? Use butterscotch pudding mix. Or coconut. Or chocolate. Or banana…you get my drift.
  • Beware: these go down easily. If you want to save them for Santa, be sure to hide some in the freezer. 🙂


Santa's Favorite Cookies on a red plate

Santa's Favorite Cookies

4.76 from 29 votes
What are Santa's Favorite Cookies? These easy brown sugar pudding cookies, of course! Soft and pillowy, these cookies are filled with brown sugar and Christmas candy!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3.4 ounces box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (not sugar free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red and green sprinkles or any colors
  • 3/4 cup Christmas M&Ms or any color of M&M


  • Note: This dough requires chilling.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 20, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. These look delicious. I like that you say they’re foolproof too (always a good recommendation). I’m going to make these with my kids this week. Can’t wait to taste them, they look so good. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I make a lot of cookies but I have never made them 2 table spoons each. Am I reading that right? I usually do 1 or even smaller. 

  3. We LOVE these cookies. We make them for pretty much all of the holidays and just use sprinkles/M&Ms to go with the holiday. We keep them in the freezer and they thaw perfectly. They are even good frozen!

  4. It says store up to 4 days, do they go bad? I want to make them but will not be eaten til party on Saturday. Should I freeze them?

  5. I’m wondering if the dough can be frozen prior to baking. I’d love to just pop the formed cookies on a cookie sheet out of the freezer. I’m afraid if I bake them all at once, they’ll all be gone by Christmas 😉