Pudding Cookies

My mom first introduced me to “pudding cookies.”
I love them because they are super moist and have a great flavor!
You can also add basically anything to them. I mostly do chocolate chips, but you can chop up your favorite candy bar, add M&Ms, or really do whatever you like.
These cookies are some of the softest cookies you will find!

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Pudding Cookies
The most delicious and soft cookies around!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
  4. Add in pudding package and beat until well blended.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla.
  6. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
  7. Add chocolate chips or whatever add-in you chose.
  8. Roll into 1" balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes.


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  1. Tanya

    Gah! Now I'm craving cookies at 10:30 in the morning. Not good! But I bet these cookies are great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Melissa, The Happier Homemaker

    Must. make. immediately. Darn, now I have to go to the store!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Danielle

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  4. Lark (SparkyLarky)

    These are a favorite at our house too!
    we make chocolate ones the same way ..adding in 1/4 C. cocoa and Chocolate pudding. :)

  5. Stacey

    Thanks for following my blog! I'm now follow your's as well. I love a good cooking blog, can't wait to try some of the recipes!

  6. Ambreen

    Hi Nikki! Thanks for visiting my blog & joining as a follower. So happy to follow you too! These cookies sound great. I could enjoy a plateful :)

  7. Mel the Crafty Scientist

    Thanks for following my blog – I'm your newest follower now too! LOVE these recipes… my mouth is watering! : )

  8. The Yehl Family

    Yum-ee! I am always trying to make softer cookies, so this tip is great!

    P.S. Thanks for following my blog, Just for the Yehl of It! I just started following yours too!

  9. Blessed Momma

    Sounds yummy! Great idea using pudding, never tried in cookies but in cupcakes and they always come out moist and super delish!

  10. Woah! I've never heard of or seen this before! It's like the Coldstone Cramery (slash Marble Slab slash any add-your-own-stuff-ice-cream-place) of cookies! YAY! I am sure this is definitely a people pleaser, am I right? Sounds like a cute thing to make for someone's birthday – add their favorite candy bar! Love it!-Carlyhttp://www.createliveblog.com

  11. I make a cookie VERY similar to these with pudding! Everyone always LOVES them :)What I love about them is that even a week later (not that they typically last that long in my house) they are STILL soft and moist!Haute To Sew

  12. Katie

    I think I could have eaten a thousand of these at your house the other week. I think I settled for eating just three. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will be making these sometime soon!

  13. Mandy Saunders

    Just a question… do you make up the pudding before adding it to the butter and sugar, or are you only adding the powder that comes in the box?

    Mandy Saunders

  14. Shannon

    Hello! These look amazing. I want to make them today, and I'm wondering if you know about how many cookies this recipe makes?


    Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired.blogspot.com

  15. Michael Ann

    I made the cheesecake white choc chip ones last week and my 15 yr old went crazy for them. We all liked them, but him especially and he wants me to make more right away ;-) They would be good with white choc chips and macadamia nuts :-)

  16. Tinuke B

    Sorry if I'm being really dumb but what is pudding mixture? I'm English and we use the word pudding to describe any desserts!?
    Is this like an angel delight creamy textured kind of thing? You know, kind of custardy!? Really really want to make these cookies! Anyone know the UK alternative?

  17. Chef in Training

    @Tinuke B That is not a dumb question at all! Feel free to ask anything! The pudding mix stated in the recipe is talking about the Jello Instant Pudding package. It is just a powder. You don't make up the pudding, just leave it as is and add the powder when it says to add the pudding package in the recipe. Does that help? E-mail me at chefintraining.recipes@gmail.com if you have any more questions. I would love to help in any way I can!

  18. Tinuke B

    Thanks for your help! Gotta love Amazon.co.uk, they stock the jello pudding mix (for any UK readers, I think it looks like its similar to our angel delight, but will confirm once I've recieved it!!)

  19. my daughter took these to the fair for 4H, but only received a blue ribbon for them—but we think they are awesome—can also substitute chocolate pudding and white chocolate chips.

  20. Sarah

    This recipe is AMAZING. I made the dough with regular sized M&Ms, probably ate seven cookies raw, then five baked in one night. The next day I swear I ate half of the batch. They are so delicious and addictive! Making them again soon for a coworker who just had a baby.

  21. Kelli

    I just came across your website. You baking looks delicious! This recipe is my hands down favorite cookie ever! My mom found it on the side of jello pudding in the 70s, I bet yours did too! I have never seen it on another website or blog before, how fun!!! I made all sort of different variations of them too! Here is a link to them on my blog http://www.katieleehome.com/blog/?tag=health

  22. I have this recipe (from my mom's recipe box) and I gave it to my sister. We came up with a too-die-for alteration!!!!!! Sub a box of chocolate instant pudding instead of vanilla and add a couple heaping tablespoons of good dutch cocoa … Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cures anything that ails ya!!!

  23. Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that would actually work and not turn flat. We live very close to the mountains so it has been hard to find a recipe that works, but I now have one!! Thanks so much! They are delicious!

  24. Just wondering if the photo is of your cookies, and if so, did you flatten the balls before you baked them? I just made these today, I live in KC so average altitude, and mine are still incredibly puffy and spongy. They are good, but they don't look like the ones in your picture at all!

      • Jill

        Mine too – I even tried flattening them and still no luck. They taste ok, but look awful. What type of flour did you use??

        • Chef in Training

          I use All-Purpose flour. It could be due to altitude differences. Try using 2 cups flour next time and see if that helps. Add more as needed :)

      • Jennifer

        I had the same problem. Did anyone figure out what went wrong? I followed the recipe…? I’m near Chicago so I don’t think altitude played a role.

  25. Hey Anna! Yes, the photo is one I took of my cookies. No, I didn't flatten them before I baked them. That is weird your cookies turned out like that. I'll look into it a little more. E-mail me at chefintraining.recipes at gmail.com and let's see if we can't get to the bottom of it.

  26. Does any one know if you have to make the pudding like you regularly would or just add the powder mix of the pudding? I want to make these but I don't want to mess them up!

  27. Corinna

    Hey, wait a minute… this is the exact same recipe you posted recently for Cake Batter Pudding Cookies… minus the cake batter.

    So, which would you say is the yummier recipe?


  28. EBPitcher

    A technical question: could cook-n-serve pudding be used in these or any of your other pudding cookies? I accidentally bought a box of cook-n-serve and am looking for something to do with it.

  29. Tammy

    Question: Which type of flour are you using, all-purpose or self-rising? Thanks! these sound wonderful i am making them now and hoping i pick the right flour!

  30. Cristin

    this is probably a stupid question and I’m probably going to kick myself after I ask it HOWEVER, with the flower part where you have 2-1/4 cups flower – does that mean 2 cups and 1/4 cup all together or does it mean TWO scoops of 1/4 cups(If that makes sense). Thanks!

  31. Ashley

    I just made this recipe and the cookies turned out Delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly and used 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. My family loved these cookies and i will definitely be making these again! (:
    Thanks So Much

  32. Teresa

    MMMMMmmmmm!!! These cookies are SO good. Saw the recipe on Pinterest and had to try them. YUM! Thank you! Note that recipe worked at altitude too (5200 ft.).

  33. Sarah

    These are the best cookies I have ever tasted! I just fed them to my husband and he said the same thing! I even used sugar free fat free pudding, and the light butter, and they are incredible!

  34. Joei

    This recipe is nearly identical to a 2004 recipe for Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies by Debbi Borsick on allrecipes.com. The only difference between her recipe and this one is 1/4 cup less butter…

    • Chef in Training

      Thank you for the information. I did not get this recipe from her and I know there are many versions of it out there. Whenever I use or adapt a recipe from someone I site the source. This is the one that has been in my family for years and it is delicious! :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :)

  35. Joy

    I have been using vanilla pudding in my cookies for years. My aunts cookies were always the best and she used the pudding! I also take them out of the oven before they overly brown. Always make a double batch and they r usually gone in no time!

  36. Melissa

    Just made these cookies and used the Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding mix and white chocolate chips and they were Awesome!

  37. Sarah

    Made pudding cookies for the first time this weekend and we LOVE them! Made half with the standard chocolate chip recipe, but added 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the other half (w/ choc chips as well) and they turned out fabulous! Will definitely be making these again…. as well as others. :)

  38. This sounds delish! I have a silly question though…would this work for pre-packaged cookie mixes? I’ve got a box of the already packaged ones from costco that has like 6 sugar cookie mixes in it. Could I just follow the directions on the box and then add in the vanilla pudding? thanks!!!

  39. Gay H.

    We’ve made these cookies at our home for many, many years and they are our favorite. We use chocolate pudding to make chocolate chocolate chip cookies. In fact, we served these cookies with milk at my daughter’s wedding instead of doing a groom’s cake. My daughter doesn’t like wedding cake and her husband LOVES it. so the wedding cake was for him and the cookies for her. I had some great friends who each made a batch of them so I didn’t have to do all the work myself! Your post brings back some wonderful memories!

      • Jennifer

        Thanks. I assumed that is what you meant and I did that amount. Curious, why baking soda and not baking powder? My cookies didn’t turn out. The taste was there, but they never spread out. It was a bummer. Not sure what I did wrong.

  40. Amanda Smith

    I just made these with quartered mini snickers and they are phenomenal….will be using them for a christmas cookie exchange/gifts….thanks a bunch! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  41. Tiffany

    I just made these with my kids, like some of the other posts they taste great but look completely different than your picture. Ours are very puffy too. I guess I’ll play around with the flour next time.

  42. Sadie

    Hands down the best chocolate chip cookies ive made, ever! I have been looking for the perfect recipe for years and this is it!

  43. Carol

    Being an “older” lady, I accidentally used 1 teasp. baking powder instead of the baking soda and they turned out super good….ate everyone nearly by myself and in making the recipe again, I realized that it called for soda so made them this way and they are also good but spread more…thinner cookie; the ones with the b. powder looked like little tea cakes. I also cut the 1/4 c. of granulated sugar and did not miss it. I did roll some of them in sugar. Used parchment paper on my cookie sheets and baked 10 minutes. Love them….either way. Thought you might want to know….

  44. Rosanna

    Hi, i was so excited to make these but when I did they didnt come out flat and pretty like the picture. Not sure what I did wrong. They do taste amazing. I rolled them into balls and that’s how it baked. I used margarine instead of butter, could that be it?

    • Jessica

      Same thing happened to me, and I used regular butter. Looks like a lot of people have had the same issue, but no solution. :(

  45. Amanda

    I tried this recipe and my cookies turned out shaped like balls, instead of flat and they’re not as soft and most as this recipe description claims. Any idea what went wrong? Thanks!

  46. Amy

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it. I’m a total sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie but hated when homemades got hard and crunchy. These are awesome! They were flying off the cooling rack faster than I could get them on! I’ll never make cookies the “old way” ever again, thank you!

  47. Vanessa

    These look great! Do you know if the consistency changes if you use shortening instead of butter? Also, how do you get your cookies to be perfectly consistent in size? My usual cookie recipe, I flatten the tops so they are not so puffy.

  48. Amanda

    I’d love it if you came up with an oatmeal chocolate chip pudding cookie recipe! I’d love to add some oats to my chocolate chip pudding cookies and I don’t know how much to add vs. flour. Thanks!

    • Ali

      I made these for the first time last night, since it’s a few people at works last day. I have never been able to make such a fluffy soft cookie! I topped them with a few mini eggs to give it an easter flair. They turned out so amazing, I will be saving this recipe for sure.

      I like Amanda’s note above about making them into oatmeal chocolate chip… yum.

  49. Donna

    ok.. so i was looking at this recipe.. i’m always looking for new recipe sites to explore (it’s annoying when commentors dont indicate theirs other than through nickname but not completely:( )

    anyhow. so my question is: other than pudding in the mix, i dont see much difference between regular recipe choc chip cookies and these? i know pudding in a cake mix makes it “moister” and i GET that part, but is that ALL there is of a difference to doing this? i add a box of pudding?

  50. Brandy

    I used banana pudding and it was awesome! This time I’m using banana again but with peanut butter chips instead of chocolate.

  51. Helen Bozic

    Hi I have a similar question to Natalie …. I’m in the UK and I’m not sure we can get Jello pudding so easily , I’m wondering what kind of pudding it is? Is it like a custardy type thing or more like instant whip?


    • Chef in Training

      Its a powdered mix that is like an instant whip. Hope that helps let me know if you have any further questions about it.

  52. Chelsea

    I made these last night and what a treat!

    A few tips. Make sure the butter is room temp, before you cream it about 66 degrees (Cool to the touch, but easily spreadable). Also, chill your dough in the fridge before you bake.. While this will inevitably lengthen your baking time (2 hours in the fridge = 15-18 min baking at 350) You get the PERFECT chewy cookie every time!

  53. SouthBay Baker

    My daughter and I wanted to make these but bought lemon pudding by accident. I had some white chocolate on hand and boy, are they good. I had to get them out of the house before I ate them all myself. I don’t even like white chocolate! Thanks for the inspiration, I think.

  54. Kali H

    This is my new go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Before I found this recipe it didn’t matter what I did my cookies would NEVER turn out. But these are fluffy and YUMMY as hell! Thank you!!!

  55. Amy Sader-Brown

    Hi :) I made these tonight, but used cinnamon chips and pumpkin instant pudding (also experimented with coconut oil for the butter). They turned out super delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. I bet there are a million different pudding/chip combos that would be fantastic!

  56. Jamie

    Hi. For the Aussies out there – butter sticks add to around 180grams, pudding mix I used 1 packet of Cottees instant pudding & flour I used Plain. My cookies stayed chunky & didn’t flatten like in the picture. I don’t think the baking soda is necessary. I’m going to try cooking these again without the soda & see if that works. They are yummy but not as nice as they look in the picture. Thanks for the recipe.

  57. Tooba

    Hello i would like to know can we use cutard powder inf we cant find instant pudding packagae? Plz let me know thanx! :)


    My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe came from the Jello pudding box. It’s wonderful. I been using it for years….

  59. Shellie

    I *LOVE* your blog and recipes! I do have a question though. I follow your cookie recipes perfectly but they never look like yours. What kind of butter do you use? Crisco? Margarine? Real butter? I would love to know how to make them look like yours! ;) THANK YOU!!

  60. Ashley

    I’ve made these twice now. They are absolutely delicious! They’re definitely my go-to-recipe now. :)

    However, the first time I made these, they did not spread at all. (I live in Texas, if that matters any.)
    It wasn’t a huge issue for me because the taste was just so great, but I did hope that I could make them look a little better.

    The second time I made them, I used a spatula to flatten them right before putting them in the oven. They came out great! Same awesome taste, and they looked like a traditional cookie.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  61. Amber Bigelow

    If I wanted to make them chocolate chocolate chip would I just add the instant chocolate pudding or chocolate pudding and cocoa powder if so how much of each should I add?

  62. Heather

    I have made these cookies a couple of times and they have been a hit! I’m making them again this week. I used butterscotch pudding last time!