The BEST Pudding Cookies Recipe

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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!

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BEST Pudding Cookies Recipe - this is the only cookie recipe you need! Use your favorite pudding mix to make the softest, puffiest cookies that stay fresh for days!

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.

The BEST Pudding Cookies Recipe

Let’s break down the recipe, so you’ll know why they’re so good.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

BEST Pudding Cookies Recipe - this is the only cookie recipe you need! Use your favorite pudding mix to make the softest, puffiest cookies that stay fresh for days!

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

This is the BEST Pudding Cookies recipe! It’s an easy cookie recipe, the only one you’ll ever need! The cookies are soft and chewy for days! Use your favorite flavor pudding mix and your favorite mix-ins to create your favorite cookie recipe.


  • 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 (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)



  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 chocolate chips or other mix-ins.
  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 1 hour.
  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.


Create your own cookie flavor by playing with the pudding mix and the mix-ins. Any instant pudding mix and any chocolate chips/candy will work in this recipe!

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  1. Pudding cookies should have their own category, cookbooks, and the like. They’re rock stars! And these look so incredible. Thick and soft and pillowy!
    Now I’ve gotta go check out your YouTube channel!

  2. I don’t tell you often enough how MUCH I appreciate all your experimentation in the benefit the rest of us. I’m totally with your thinking from beginning to end of this post. Can’t wait to make these!!

  3. Awesome! I totally need to make these soon!

  4. Your cookies are always so amazing- love how much work you put in testing recipes to get perfect baked goods like these. Delicious 🙂

  5. Pudding cookies are THE BEST! I know I’d love these!

  6. Pudding Cookies are ALWAYS amazing! Can’t wait to try these!

  7. Sometimes it’s nice to bring it back to basics and really appreciate where all the pudding cookie goodness came from. Pudding cookies really are the best – nothing beats the softness!!!

  8. Can you use homemade pudding mix in these? 

  9. oh my gosh – pudding cookies! i didn’t know there was such a thing. these look wonderful and i have to try them! Xx

  10. I love pudding cookies too! Last year I made your triple chocolate pudding cookies, and they were so good! 🙂

  11. Wow these look and sound AMAZING!! I am having a party and I would love to make these. Does the recipe double well?

  12. These look great and so does your video!

  13. I love pudding cookies! They’re so delicious and soft and it’s fun to think of new combinations! I’ve used Oreo pudding mix with chopped up Hershey’s Cookies n Creme bars, and I’ve also used pumpkin spice pudding mix with pumpkin spice chips (when they’re available in the fall). Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  14. It doesn’t get much better than a good pudding cookie!

  15. I’ve had pudding cookies, but I’ve never made them. What’s that about?! 😀 I need to remember these for Christmas. The texture sounds awesome.

  16. You are so right about pudding cookies staying chewy for days! Just adding pudding makes a huge difference to cookie “shelf life”. Everyone should be pinning this recipe for back-to-college care packages (scary, but just weeks away!)

  17. Instant pudding or the one you cook on the stove?

  18. Oops, my bad … just reread that it was instant pudding … Thank you !

  19. These do look really good!! I have ate pudding cookies, but I haven’t make them myself yet. I must change this! Love your video! <3

  20. Pudding cookies are seriously the BEST. Love how much chocolate you crammed into these babies 🙂

  21. Yummy ! Really a great addition. I have read this marvelous post. Thanks for sharing information about it.

  22. I love how soft and chewy pudding cookies are, totally the best! These look perfect!

  23. Yumm! These are my most favourite cookies. Very soft and chewy. Love them always.

  24. These look delicious! I’ve never made pudding cookies, and am not sure I could find pudding mix in Rome — but I’ll look in to it!!

  25. The texture of this cookie looks great! So chewy!

  26. mmm chewy and gooey–YES YES YES

  27. You really can’t go wrong with soft pudding cookies, they are the best in my opinion. Your pics are making me drool and luckily I have everything here already to make these. I better get baking!

  28. Hi Dorothy, these cookies look amazing! What kind of chocolate chips did you use? They look more like chocolate chunks! 

  29. Will this work with gluten free flour

    • I *think* so, but I haven’t tried it. I have made other cookies using the 1:1 GF flour (Bob’s Red Mill) and they worked but were a teeny bit more crumbly. If you try it let me know how it works!

  30. I made these yesterday. The dough was so dry I had to add water to the dough. Then the did not spread out at all just were a lump. A very tasty lump though lol. Is there suppose to be a liquid added to recipe?  Thanks. 

    • Hmm, I’ve never had that problem with this recipe. Are you using a hand mixer, by chance? How long did you mix it? I know that sometimes the pudding mix can make it look dry but once you keep mixing and mixing it comes together. If you’re using a hand mixer it’ll take longer than with a stand mixer. The only other issue I can see is possibly over-measuring your flour. Did you pack it by any chance?

    • I had the same problem! Batter was so thick I had to add a splash of milk, and then no spread.on baking. I double checked my ingredient list to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

  31. Nice post and keep it up.

  32. The pudding recipe you shared is really loved once and i will try it.

  33. I love pudding cookies! They’re so delicious and soft and it’s fun to think of new combinations! I’ve used Oreo pudding mix with chopped up Hershey’s Cookies n Creme bars,

  34. i have a ? is it possible to make a gingerbread cake roll out of cookie dough?

  35. I used pistachio pudding no sugar and it messed with the texture stickiness. I’m only sticking with vanilla next time. I have used this recipe twice. So good!

  36. These pudding cookies are fantastic! I made them with lemon pudding mix, lemon extract, and white chocolate chips. Plus, the recipe makes *exactly* 24 cookies.

  37. These are the best pudding cookies I have ever made! They are crunchy on the edges and wonderful in the center. And of course the flavor is incredible! Thank you much!

  38. These look great! How long can they be chilled for? I need to prepare them on a Saturday but won’t need them until Tuesday. Could I chill the dough that long? I know they will stay soft for a few days but I would rather bake closer to when I need them.

  39. Can I just put it all in a 9 x 9 pan make a pan cookie and cut it into squares? Would I still need to chill the dough? Thank you, I love pudding cookies (pudding in general)

  40. Thanks for giving this recipe its looks good and the flavor is incredible.

  41. I did exactly like it said but my cookies didn’t flatter out at all?

    • Did you not read the article? That’s the whole point . . . chilling them is what makes them nice and cluster-ey instead of flattening out. It’s intentional. That’s why the directions say you don’t need to have much space between them as they will hold their shape instead of “melting.”

  42. They tasted great! But they never flattened out I use my little small ice cream scoop and they stayed that shape?

    Rating: 1
  43. best cookie ever

    Rating: 5
  44. Delicious!!! A great, soft, chewy cookie!

    Rating: 5
  45. I have a large box of instant pudding the 5.9 oz box. Should I adjust any of the other ingredients for this bigger box?

  46. Have you tried this with sugar free fat free pudding? It’s the only one of butterscotch they had at the store

  47. These really are the best cookie I’ve ever made. For my second batch I added in a teaspoon of honey from my dad’s hives and a pinch of cinnamon and it was really nice. 

    Rating: 5
  48. I just made these and I found the dough doesn’t hold together well. I’m hoping they bake up well

  49. Can a sugar free pudding mix be substituted with the same soft result?

  50. Anyone know how to turn this into a sugar or shortbread cookie? Maybe white sugar instead of brown? I love this recipe, I make the chocolate chip all the time, but would love to make a sugar cookie version.

    Rating: 5

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