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Pudding Cookies are soft, chewy, and irresistibly delicious!  They are quick and easy to bake and will be a huge hit with anyone who tries them!
For similar soft and chewy cookies that use different chocolate mix-ins, try Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies or White Chocolate M&Ms Pudding Cookies.  They are simple and absolutely amazing!
Pudding cookies on a table with chocolate chips.

Delicious Pudding Cookies

Pudding cookies are sweet and moist cookies that will become an instant family favorite.  They are incredibly soft and perfect.  These taste fantastic and are impossible to stop eating.  One cookie is never enough.  Each cookie morsel is loaded with rich flavor, and the entire batch will disappear quickly!

They are not only packed with insanely delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors, but they also have the most amazing texture.  Pudding cookies are SOOO GOOD served warm and fresh out of the oven.  They melt in your mouth with every bite.  Serve them fresh or make them ahead for entertaining or an afternoon snack, either way they will be a huge hit!

Ingredients for Homemade Pudding Cookies:

A short list of basic ingredients is all you need to bake the most amazing pudding cookies you have had!  The vanilla pudding adds the best rich flavor and soft cookie texture!

  • Butter: Make sure your butter is room temperature so it will easily cream together in pudding mixture.
  • Brown sugar: Rich molasses sweetness that makes these cookies stand out.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness!
  • Instant vanilla pudding: Follow the recipe, not package instructions.
  • Eggs: Holds the dough together and adds moisture.
  • Vanilla: Brings out the other flavors and adds rich vanilla flavor.
  • Baking soda: Causes the cookie to rise.
  • Flour: Adds the perfect structure.
  • Chocolate chips: Whatever add-in you would like, but chocolate chips taste amazing!
The process of making pudding cookies.

Let’s Bake Some Cookies!

These cookies are simple and easy to prepare and come together in less than 20 minutes total.  They are a quick treat that you will love, because from start to finish they are super easy and no fuss!

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Then, stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  2. Cream pudding mixture: In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Add in pudding package and beat until well blended.
  3. Gradually add in remaining ingredients: Add eggs and vanilla. Slowly, add in flour mixture until well incorporated.  Finally, add in chocolate chips or whatever add-in you chose.
  4. Form balls: Next, roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake: Place balls in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes.
Pudding cookies on cooling rack.

Tips for the Best Pudding Cookies:

Pudding cookies are easy and stress-free cookies that are a crowd-pleasing favorite.  Follow these pro tips to achieve the best ooey gooey cookies you have ever made!

  • Dough: Flatten dough balls a bit before baking for a flatter cookie.
  • Chill: Chill your dough for a thicker cookie. Cook time will be a couple minutes longer with chilled dough.
  • Cook time: Do not over bake.  These cookies are meant to be soft and chewy, so follow the recipe time and check them often the first time you make them since all ovens are slightly different.
  • Cool: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes after pulling them out of the oven. Then carefully transfer them to a cooling rack to allow them to finish cooling completely.
Pudding cookies with one broken in half.

Variations of Pudding Cookies:

Customize this pudding cookie with easy swaps your family will love.  Have fun changing the mix-ins, instant pudding flavor, or even adding toppings.  There is no limit to the creative ways you can make this recipe your own!

  • Mix-ins: Reese’s pieces, m&m’s, sprinkles, nuts, or white chocolate chips all make great additions, and there are still unlimited ideas of sweet treats to add in.  So, have fun trying each one!
  • Pudding: Use any flavor of instant pudding mix in these cookies to add both flavor and soft texture. Butterscotch, French vanilla, and cheesecake are a few favorites just to name a few.
  • Toppings: Add sugar sprinkles or crushed nuts to the top of the dough just before placing them in the oven.
Pudding cookies on table.

Storing Cookies:

Store baked cookies in a tightly sealed container for about 2 weeks at room temperature or 6 months in the freezer.  Or prepare the dough and freeze it until you are ready to bake them.  When freezing, place the dough balls on a baking sheet and let them at least partially freeze.  Then move the frozen balls to a freezer bag to continue to store.  By doing this you will be able to cook just a few at a time instead of the entire batch.  When you are ready to cook them you can thaw them in the refrigerator or at room temperature or cook them straight from frozen.

Pudding cookies stacked with a glass of milk.

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Pudding cookies

By: Alyssa Rivers
My four year old has already had three and said that they are the best cookies ever!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
  • Add in pudding package and beat until well blended.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
  • Add chocolate chips or whatever add-in you chose.
  • Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.


Updated on July 23, 2020
Originally Published on July 13, 2012


Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I also was disappointed with the way the cookies baked. Before reading this I had decided to roll into balls and flatten also. My last dozen cookies were excellent. My oldest son(8) said to me, “Dad these cookies are awesome”. Thank you for offering this recipe I am back on amazing dad status.

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