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Not only is this the best pudding cookies recipe, but it’s also the best chocolate chip cookie recipe…and one of the only ones I ever want to make!
Have you ever just wanted the BEST basic recipe for something? A recipe that you can print out and have and never use another recipe ever again? You guys, THIS IS IT.
You may recognize these pudding cookies, because it’s the same recipe I used for the Fireworks Pudding Cookies and Santa’s Favorite Cookies. I decided it was high time that I posted the BASIC recipe combination so that you could (1) have it for keeps and (2) understand the true wonder of pudding cookies.
If you’ve never had a pudding cookie then you need to STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING and go make this recipe. Pudding cookies are soft and chewy, gooey and full of flavor, and they stay soft for days. Really, they’re the BEST cookie you’ll ever eat.
Let’s break down the recipe, so you’ll know why they’re so good.
- Pudding cookies have pudding mix inside them. You use a small (3.4 ounce) box of INSTANT pudding in the cookie batter. Don’t make the pudding, just throw the powder in when you’re making the dough. The pudding mix keeps them soft while it adds a ton of flavor.
- I use ONLY brown sugar in these cookies. I like brown sugar cookies best because brown sugar has a more caramelized flavor and it also helps keep the cookies soft. My favorite blondie recipe is also purely made of brown sugar – there is a theme there.
- You MUST refrigerate the cookie dough for a thick and puffy cookie. I know, waiting an hour to bake them sucks, but it’s worth the wait. See how they’re like little pillows of heaven? You get that because you refrigerate them.
Now, let’s talk about why pudding cookies are so ingenious: you can make them ANY FLAVOR YOU LIKE.
That’s right, my friends: change up the flavors in this cookie to suit your mood. I used vanilla pudding and chocolate chips for a more basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but you can use ANY pudding flavor and mix-in you like. For example:
- Lemon pudding mix and white chocolate chips.
- Coconut pudding mix and Almond Joy Candy Bars.
- Vanilla pudding mix and M&Ms.
- Banana pudding mix and chocolate chips.
- Pistachio pudding mix and chopped pistachios with white chocolate.
- Butterscotch pudding mix and cashews.
ANYTHING GOES. Make your own favorite cookie flavor or check out all my favorite pudding cookie recipes!
Pudding cookie recipes are the best because they’re easy, flavorful, and stay soft for days!
These really are the BEST cookies. You really never need another cookie recipe ever again.
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The BEST Pudding Cookies Recipe
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 3.4 ounce box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix or any flavor
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or any candy/chips
- 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 chocolate chips or other mix-ins.
- 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 1 hour.
- 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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These were not good. Followed directions to a T. The balls didn’t come out of their shape and the dough is grainy. I’ll try a different recipe next time.
I’m sorry that happened. Can you let me know: what kind of butter, what kind of flour did you use? Was it instant pudding? How long did you chill your dough?
I made my first batch of pudding cookies and the dough was quite dry. I spritzed it with water. The dough balls are now resting in the fridge. Why was it so dry? I followed the recipe (and did not add the walnuts I was going to put in) and measured precisely. Thanks.
This is my base pudding cookie recipe so I know it’s normally a normal cookie dough. What kind of pudding did you use (was it instant? regular, not sugar-free?) How do you measure your flour?
These were FANTASTIC! I’ve been looking forever for just the right chocolate chip cookie recipe because I love to bake but have picky eaters in my house. I think I’ve finally found “the one” here! Only thing I changed was I used 1/4c. 7Up soda instead of 1 egg and they came out perfect! (There’s a baking tip for any of you fellow bakers, if you don’t have eggs in the house you can substitute one egg for 1/4c of sparkling water or sprite/7Up!) And I always smoosh my cookies down with the heel of my hand when I’m about to out them in the oven so they are a little flatter and a bit more evenly cooked. Thank you so much for the pudding idea!!!! They were soooo good and the picky eaters were pleased!