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Very Valentine Pudding Cookies are the perfect chocolate cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day with lots of chocolate and holiday colors. Valentine Cookies are easy to make, super chocolatey, and stay soft for days!

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Table of Contents
  1. Best Easy Valentine Cookies: Pudding Cookies!
  2. Ingredients in Chocolate Valentine Cookies
  3. How to Make Valentine’s Day Cookies
  4. Tips for Making Easy Valentine’s Cookies
  5. FAQ
  6. More Valentine’s Day Themed Desserts
  7. Very Valentine Pudding Cookies Recipe

This won’t be a surprise if you’ve been following along, but I am a total sucker for holiday candy. The minute holiday-themed candy hits the store, I grab all of my favorites before they disappear!

Of course, I love all of the Valentine’s Day options like red, pink, and white M&Ms, and what better way to use them than to make cute Valentine cookies?

Best Easy Valentine Cookies: Pudding Cookies!

Pudding cookies are the BEST cookies. If you’ve never made them, you MUST try. The cornstarch in the pudding mix keeps them soft for days, and you can give the cookies an extra punch of flavor from whatever pudding flavor you’re using. 

For these M&M cookies, I went with an all-chocolate theme: chocolate pudding mix and Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. It’s a serious double-dose!

The chocolate candy and sprinkles bring all the Valentine vibes – they’re so adorable. If you’re looking for simple homemade Valentine cookie ideas, these chocolate cookies need to be on your list.

Ingredients in Chocolate Valentine Cookies

Butter: Always start with softened butter. I prefer using unsalted but if you’re using salted butter just omit the added salt in the recipe.

Sugars: As most cookies do, we’re adding a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar. Be sure to pack your brown sugar.

Vanilla Extract: Always use pure vanilla for best results.

Egg: My recipes always use large eggs!

Extra Liquid: You’ll need to add a little bit of water or brewed coffee – the coffee doesn’t add coffee flavor but instead brings out the flavor of the chocolate.

Cocoa: You can use special dark or regular cocoa powder – I have not tested this recipe with Dutch Process Cocoa.

Pudding Mix: This is what keeps the cookies soft for days! We’re using chocolate pudding mix for this. You can use any chocolate flavor as long as it’s INSTANT PUDDING MIX (NOT the cook kind). Use the small box (approximately 3-3.4 ounces) but don’t use sugar-free.

Flour: All-purpose flour is what I always use – be sure to measure it correctly.

Baking Soda: Important to help the cookies spread.

Salt: For flavor, if using unsalted butter.

Valentine Colors: Use pink and red M&Ms and sprinkles – or make any color!

Overhead shot of very valentine pudding cookies loaded with m&ms

How to Make Valentine’s Day Cookies

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream them together and then mix in the vanilla, egg, and water (or coffee, if using). Add the cocoa powder and dry pudding. Mix until smooth.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the M&Ms and sprinkles.
  4. Scoop two tablespoons of dough to form each cookie dough ball. Place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Press a few M&Ms and sprinkles on top of each ball. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and chill the dough balls for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a second cookie sheet with parchment or a baking mat. Place the chilled dough balls about two inches apart on the pan.
  6. Lightly press each cookie dough ball with the palm of your hand. Bake the cookies for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they just start to lose their glossy sheen.
  7. Cool the cookies on the pan for five minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips for Making Easy Valentine’s Cookies

  • For rich chocolate Valentine cookies, use Hershey’s Special Dark. It has a much deeper chocolate flavor!
  • Avoid sugar-free pudding mix, and be sure to get instant pudding mix. You don’t need to prepare it; you just need the dry mix.
  • For the best Valentine cookies, don’t skip the chilling step. The dough needs to firm up before baking the cookies, so it doesn’t spread too much. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
  • I like to use jimmies for the sprinkles. I’d avoid using nonpareils because they tend to dissolve.
  • I like my cookies slightly underdone, so I bake them for about 11 to 12 minutes. I also like to rotate my cookie sheets in my oven halfway through for even baking.
Very Valentine Pudding Cookies stacked on a plate with top one split in half to show inside of cookie


How long do you bake pudding cookies?

&M pudding cookies made with two tablespoons of dough will take approximately 10 to 14 minutes.

How to store chocolate cookies?

You can store them in an airtight container for up to three days at room temperature.

Can you freeze Valentine cookies?

Store them in a freezer container, and they will keep well in the freezer for up to three months.

Where to buy Valentine sprinkles?

Sometimes you can find them at the grocery store in the baking aisle or the seasonal aisle with other Valentine’s items. Craft stores also carry them or search for options online.

Why didn’t my cookies spread?

There could be a couple of reasons why your cookies didn’t spread. First, did you accurately measure the flour? Adding too much could be the problem so remember to use the spoon and level measuring method or use a kitchen scale to weigh it.

If your dough was very firm when it came out of the refrigerator, it could also cause the issue. The dough needs to be chilled but not rock hard. If you refrigerate it overnight or for a day, let the dough balls sit out at room temperature to warm up just a bit before baking them.

Why are my cookies flat?

Did you remember to chill the dough? The cookies can overspread when they bake if you don’t chill the dough beforehand. It could also be your baking soda. Check the expiration date and buy a new box if it’s expired.

If you’ve been searching for new Valentine cookies to bake this year, I highly recommend these soft chocolate M&M cookies! It is the best Valentine’s day cookie recipe – soft, chocolaty, and so cute. Enjoy!

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Very Valentine Pudding Cookies are the perfect cookie to give your loved ones on Valentines Day!

Very Valentine Pudding Cookies

5 from 2 votes
These Very Valentine Pudding Cookies are the perfect chocolate cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day! Chocolate and soft, they’re so good!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • cup (133g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) water or brewed coffee, if you have it
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder regular or Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1 3-3.5 ounce box INSTANT chocolate pudding mix , any flavor (not sugar-free)
  • 1 ¼ cup (155g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups Valentine M&Ms plus more for topping
  • ¼ cup Valentine sprinkles plus more for topping


  • Note: this dough requires chilling.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a silpat baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and both sugars in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in vanilla, egg, and water (or coffee). Add cocoa powder and pudding mix (the powder) and mix until smooth.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the M&Ms and sprinkles.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheet. You don’t have to space them out, this is just for chilling. Press a few M&Ms and sprinkles on the top of each cookie ball. (This is not mandatory, it just makes them look prettier.) Cover with plastic wrap and chill the cookies for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a second cookie sheet and place cookies about 2” apart on them. Press each cookie dough ball down slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until they just start to lose their glossy sheen. I like mine slightly underdone, so I cooked them for about 11-12 minutes. I also like to rotate my cookie sheets in my oven halfway through for even baking.
  • Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword chocolate cookies
Very Valentine Pudding Cookies stacked on a plate surrounded by valentines decorations with recipe title on top of image

Very Valentine Pudding Cookies are so soft and flavorful, and you can add in any and all of your favorite valentine candies.

Last Updated on January 7, 2022

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  1. Made these cookies for my preschooler’s Valentine’s exchange and they are so good!
    Followed the recipe exactly. Measured out tablespoon size balls to make smaller sized cookies and baked slightly underdone. Crisp outside, chewy center and fudge-like chocolate flavor. Will make these again!

  2. Made these for Valentines Day with my grandkids ages 10 and 5. They were easy to make and the decorating was fun and easy. My grandkids got creative with the shapes and had fun. They also devoured the cookies as they came out of the oven. Highly recommend this recipe. 

  3. Hi! I need to make this batter in advance….can I just prep and then freeze the dough…transfer to the fridge the night before baking and bake as indicated? If so, can I use melted instead of softened butter? I will also be doubling the batch. Thank you!

      1. I’ve read other pudding cookie recipes and I think the issue was the dough needs to be refrigerated at least 3 hours or overnight.

      2. This recipe does require chilling, as specified in the recipe. I normally only do an hour at most with all my pudding cookies.

  4. Oh my gosh, I hate you.  I seriously hate you.  Well, truthfully I’m hating ME and my lack of self control, but I want to blame you.  I just made these tonight as a valentine’s activity with my husband and 3-year old son.  I made them exactly as written, except that I left out the sprinkles because I don’t care for them. (and I used the water instead of coffee)  And oh my gosh…….these cookies……are AMAZING.  I seriously ate 5 of them within 20 mins.  I hate you and your addicting cookies!!!  🙂  Seriously though, probably the best soft chocolate cookie I’ve ever had. 

  5. Oooh – so creepy!!! Don’t you just want to play detective and figure it out? After you devour these cookies, of course. YUM!!!!! 🙂

  6. Thanks so much for the speedy reply.  I look forward to making them soon and will be checking your blog for other dessert ideas.

  7. That coupon is freaky!! I hate things like that cuz I just keep thinking how in the heck?!! Luckily cookies can make that thought go away 😉 These look great, I love red and pink together 🙂 

  8. These cookies look great and know my grand babes would love them.  I live in North Carolina and would have to mail them to South Florida.  Do you think they ship well?  Just found your blog on Bloglovin’.

    1. Oh I definitely think they’ll ship great! Pudding cookie are perfect for that because they stay soft for days. Package them in a single layer between paper towels or wax/parchment paper in one of those ziploc or gladware plastic containers and they should travel great!