Cake Batter Pudding Cookies

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We had an event last week that my husband was helping out at and needed some extra goodies to take.  I wanted to try out a new pudding cookie and it turned out really great!  You can probably tell by a few of my posts that I LOVE cake batter flavors….for example:

No Bake Cake Batter Truffles
Cake Batter Pancakes
Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats
Cake Batter Blondies

Well if you couldn’t tell before, you probably can now!  You may have also gathered from this blog that I LOVE Pudding Cookies.  Well I decided I wanted to try and combine these two loves of mine and they turned out DELICIOUS!  An amazingly soft cookie with such an amazing taste!


1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
3/4 cup yellow cake mix, dry
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour”
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Stir together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
Add in pudding package and cake mix and beat until well blended.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
Mix in sprinkles sprinkles.
Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes.


*Note: It is just the powdered pudding mix inside the packet you use.  Just open it up and pour it in.  It is in a box like this:I hope that helps!
Let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. Anonymous

    do you mean one package of pudding or 3.4 ounces? One package is 1 ounce and even the bigger size package is only 1.5 ounces… just wondering!

  2. Chef in Training

    @Anonymous I am sorry for the confusion and for my late response. I posted a picture of the packet I use. The only small package I am familiar with is the one pictured above and in the bottom right corner it says 3.4 oz. If you have anymore questions or if I can help in trying to figure out what went wrong, please feel free to email me at
    I would love to help out in any way I can!
    Chef In Training

  3. dElizabeth

    Hmm I just tried the recipe and the batter got so thick it made my hand mixer smoke before I even I finished mixing in the dry ingredients.

    • Kerrie

      I was thinking this as I was standing at the store buying the yellow cake mix….went with yellow, but post if you try it :)

  4. Real Life Reslers

    These are cuteand festive . I just got finished looking at your cookie pizza and now I'm off to see what a the heck a chicken pillow is!

  5. Anonymous

    These cookies are incredible. I've made them twice already this week and I bake about 4 times a year (love cooking but not much of a baker). Thanks for sharing!

  6. Bethany

    I can't tell you how many times I've made these cookies since I found the recipe here on your blog. Please. keep. blogging. Your photos show the beauty and reality of the deliciousness that is in every bite of each baked good. Thank you.

  7. Anonymous

    No personal offense, I think most of your stuff looks great! These were not so great. I think the sprinkles and jello pudding make them taste really processed. I'm wondering if they would turn out without the pudding mix.

  8. Anonymous

    I saw comments about the thickness of the batter. They may have made the mistake I did and used an entire box of cake mix instead of 3/4 cup. Luckily I realized this before I added the flour. I just used half the flour and they turned out pretty well. Not so pretty but they tasted great. Can't wait to fix them again!

  9. Love these! make em every holiday. My grandmother made these for all the great-grandkids as soon as they started teething. And for this she will forever be known as grandma-cookie. (we miss you)

  10. I just made these, they are incredible! I used the sugar free pudding mix, and used funfetti mix instead of the yellow cake/sprinkles. I rolled about 1 inch balls and it made a little over 4 dozen cookies. The batter does get thick, at that point I just starting mixing it with my hands instead of the mixer. Took about 11 minutes. Thank you for the great recipe!

  11. Made these tonight and they are wonderful. I don't know how people are having issues with the box of pudding. We all loved them here, they were easy to make and delicious.

  12. Can you substitute other cake mixes for the yellow? I have at least 3/4 of a cup of funfetti cake mix left from cake batter rice krispy treats and I have NO idea what to do with it and these look delicious and figured that way I could omit the sprinkles as well, think it may work?

  13. Yes, I am guessing funfetti would still taste great! A couple other people have tried that and said it turned out delicious. I am a sprinkle lover, so I would still add some because for the little amount of cake mix going in, you probably won't get a lot of sprinkles from it. Let me know how you like them!

  14. What went wrong? Mine were so sticky that I couldn't make the dough into balls so I added more flour and now they taste like flour. They do not taste sweet at all.

  15. I followed the recipe exactly, but I had a few issues. The dough was a little dry I even added 1/4bcup milk. I took half the batter with no sprinkles added mocha and lindt chocolate chunks… They were delicious. But the other ones still came out a little dry. Any ideas how to fix this? I only baked 1/2 of them so I have the rest of the dough to manipulate

  16. Just pulled these out of the oven! They are chewy and yummy! I did find that the first batch didn't flatten out as much as I would like (therefore not getting done in in the middle), so I kind of have cookie spheres, but they still taste wonderful – for the second batch I flattened them a little bit. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. HOLEY COW!!! I just took my first batch out the oven and they are awesome!!! the dough does get stiff but i did like someone else said and used my hands, they are perfect and puffed up.. i made mine with white cake mix and chocolate pudding…. YUMMY!!!

  18. We have a dairy and egg allergy in our house and I had to change some ingredients (pudding mix is dairy free). turned out REALLY good! Used Dunkin Hines mix, Earth Balance(Dairy Free Butter) Jello Brand pudding, and 1/2 c. applesauce instead of the eggs. AWESOME! Thank you!

  19. I used cherry chips instead of the sprinkles. Took them to a get together, and they were a huge hit. I only baked mine for 8 minutes. Using a cookie scoop to measure out the dough, I got approximately 60 cookies.

  20. Just made these, what a GREAT idea!! So soft! Next time I think I'll add some chocolate chips :) Seems like this recipe could really be the base for any great cookie!!

  21. I made these for Christmas with cinnomon for Snickerdoodles…. they were a total success! I have been asked to make them again and again and again. My brother specifically asked for a batch to take back to college with him. That's an A in my book!

  22. Me and a friend made these today… had no cake mix and had to make our own. Had to use chocolate milk too, because we were out of regular. And now… we're waiting for the results…

  23. Ok I bake ALL THE TIME. I have a husband that LOVES cookie dough so I figured I would give these a try tonight. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and the dough turned out SO dry and thick. I see others have had the problem, but no solution has been posted. HELP! I would REALLY love to make these for my hubby!!!

  24. I'm making these right now. The cookie dough is mixed and the first batch is out…I must say I am not sold…yet. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer so the thickness of the dough was not an issue. What I'm wondering is, are you supposed to add 3/4 cup cake batter (as in follow the box recipe and add batter to it, liquid form) or just 3/4 cups of dry cake mix? This may explain some of the issues we are having.

  25. @Melissa, I had the same problem. Mine came out in a sphere shape instead of flat, and it took longer to bake them. Everyone that tried them enjoyed them but I felt like they were too dry and I don't know how to fix it.

  26. I've made these 3 times in the last 3 weeks :x They're delicious!! Today I needed some for my husband's work pot-luck but I was out of vanilla pudding so I substituted Lemon… AWESOME! Everyone loves them wherever I take them.

  27. I cant say how many time I have made these cookies. My family loves them especially my mom who usually doesn't eat cookies like these. They're a total hit and I love them they taste so good. This recipe hangs on my fridge!

  28. I was on vacation and was in the mood for making cookies! I didn't want to buy sugar and flour to make just one thing so I bought the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and my cookies turned out great. They were a little chewy but extra soft and delicious. I even made a few of them into icecream sandwiches by putting vanilla icecream between two cookies while they were still warm.I used one 21 oz bag of sugar cookie mix, one 1 oz box pudding, 3/4 cup dry cake mix, one stick of butter, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons water.

  29. I would recommend using the instant. I know that the pudding mixes have different results. I have never used cook and serve for this recipe, so if you do, you will have to let me know how it turns out :)

  30. Delicious! Just made this recipe with my three year old and we both love them! Used white chocolate pudding mix and they taste so good! Thanks for the recipe :)

  31. I just made these for the first time, and I am not a baker. They were soooo good. I'll defenitely be making them again and checking out more of your recipes!

  32. What kind of sprinkles did you use in the pictured cookies??? They are darling! Where can I find them? Thanks so much, I can't wait to try this recipe.

  33. These are my favorite cookies ever! I didn't have all the correct ingredients this time, so I substituted white chocolate pudding and white cake mix. (double batch this time :) Still awesome!I just use the regular sprinkles from any grocery store or wal-mart. Not the little balls, but the flat round ones.

  34. I made these today with pistachio pudding for A. St. Patty's Day and B. My boyfriend LOVES pistachio pudding or almond flavored anything. So I used pistachio pudding and half almond extract and half vanilla extract. They're in the oven…the batter tasted delightful anyway. :)

  35. LOVE THESE COOKIES! Made them for my students. One thing tho, they're easier to put on the cookie sheet if you chill the dough for an hour first :). Thanks for sharing!

  36. Just made these. Had to mix the ingredients with my hands to incorporate it all, but now I realize I used the whole box of cake mix. Next time I'll read more carefully. I also couldn't find the 3.4oz pudding so I used two 1oz boxes. Despite all this they still taste yummy and make a bunch.

  37. I have a question that I didn't see addressed yet. Does it matter if I choose a box of cake mix that states "Pudding is in the mix!"? All the major brands state this on the box. I would hate to waste the ingredients and have it not turn out.

  38. Judy Maldonado

    Have you ever tried it with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding and mini chocolate chips? I was wondering if it was worth trying that way.

  39. Gwen

    I made these yesterday and I substituted a funfettie cake mix instead. They were so good! I just love all your recipes!

  40. Karen Burgh

    I made the above except I added 10 oz jar maraschino cherries (chopped), peacans (chopped) and chocolate chips.

    • Karen Burgh

      Oh, I left out the sprinkles and also added 2-3 Tablespoons of the cherry juice. They are so yummy!

  41. Shelly

    I’ve had these on my to bake list for quite some time now, and I finally just baked a batch….Absolutely delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

  42. Sarah

    These cookies are delicious and might I add EASY. I am always suprised by people who don’t read recipes and then give the writer a hard time. If you don’t want to waste ingredients, make sure to read thoroughly. Also, if the majority of people have success and a few people don’t, those few should wonder what they did wrong rather than blame the recipe. Thanks, I will be making these again!

  43. Kirsten

    Going to make these in a few min, cake batter and pudding in a cookie, my 3 favorite things! I’m so excited!!!!

  44. Claire

    I made these yesterday. Turned out great! I do have one change I would add for the next time I make them– I am totally going to add white chocolate chips! :) YUM!

  45. Julie

    Here from Pinterest… Making these now well as soon as my fiancé finds my sprinkles he apparently hid on me! I am so excited to make these! I did have to make one change, I used sugar free yellow cake mix instead of the regular. It’s all I had on hand if they turn out badly Ill head to the store though :). The batter so far tastes great!

  46. Julie

    Found these from Pinterest! Sounds delicious!! About how many does this recipe yield? I need between 6-7 dozen.

  47. Omg I just made these for the first time and they are DELICIOUS. They should come with a “hazardous to your diet” warning. Yum! Thanks for the recipe! I love how friendly they look, and my daughter can’t wait until she can take some in her lunch Monday.

  48. I just made this recipe and it didn’t quite look like the ones you show. I followed directions and used whole wheat flour instead. They taste ok. They did not flatten they stayed in a ball shape?? thoughts??

  49. Dawna

    I stumbled upon these yesterday and decided to try making them tonight. Can you say delish and super easy to make? My house smells awesome and my family loved them. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

  50. Mallory

    These cookies are AWESOME!!! I used the Funfetti cake mix and sugar free vanilla pudding and they are AWESOME!!! I have been looking for a LONG time for a really great cookie and this is it!!! Thank you for the great recipe!!!

  51. Amosannette

    So sad right now. I messed it up. I had to toss it all because I didn’t read the directions right. In the directions, when you said to add the cake mix I added the cake mix. The whole bag. It was only when I was mixing in the flour that I began to notice how thick and dry the batter was. I then re-read the ingredients and saw that I only needed 3/4 of a cup of the cake mix not the whole box. : ( I wasted butter, flour, the last of my brown sugar… so sad. I was excited because I was using a pistachio pudding mix instead of vanilla. It was all I had but I thought it would probably taste pretty good and it was turning into a really fun color as well. Sigh, live and learn.

  52. Sarah

    I made these cookies for Christmas and they were AMAZING!! So chewy and soft!!! Best part is there is plenty of leftover yellow cake mix to make another batch or two. Can’t wait to try the other cake batter recipes!!

  53. Wyojrt made the same mistake as several others and ended up using the entire box of cake mix. It was so dry it would not hold together in a ball…so I added canola oil until I could get it to stick together. I should not have bothered as they tasted very flour-y that way and took twice as long to bake. Will try again sometime in the future with the correct amounts, but not tonight…I am fresh out of ingredients for tonight.

  54. Peggy

    I found thiis recipe on Pinterest.. make them all the time! I also do variations such as Banana, Pumpkin Spice, Coconut.. In each variation I use corresponding cake mix and pudding mix (Banana cream pudding and banana cake mix, for example). In the pumpkin spice I use gingerbread cake mix and pumpkin spice pudding mix. Everyone loves these cookies!! These get requested every couple weeks! Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

  55. K.B.

    I made these cookies today as a sweet treat for Valentine’s weekend and this is a 5-star recipe!! They taste delicious and hours later they still taste fresh, not hard and crunchy! These were easy to make and everyone loved them!! :)

  56. Maggie

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s always a crowd pleaser. I add a couple handfuls of white chocolate chips and that makes it that much better! Another tip for these cookies is that they freeze wonderfully! And they are delicious cold.

  57. Christina

    About how many cookies does the recipe above make? I am making them for a birthday and want to be sure I have enough. Thanks!

  58. I just made these and they are wonderful! The perfect sugar cookie in my opinion!! They were easy to make, the batter was nice and fluffy (and it didn’t stick to my ice cream scoop-style scoop) and baked to a nice consistency in 12 minutes! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  59. Katie

    Omg, these cookies are amazing! They came out perfect. I made them with a slight bit (maybe 3 tablespoons?) more cake mix cause I’m a huge fanatic of cake batter. When I was making them I’d worried they would maybe turn out a bit dry because the dough was a little bit but they actually came out the opposite! It still has the cake consistency (so you’ll need to eat them with a drink) but its a very soft cookie. Good job on coming up with these! I didn’t have any problems with making them. I did melt the butter a bit before I added it in so maybe that can help others? I also didn’t use sprinkles cause I’m not a big fan. And instead of preheating my oven to 350, I set it lower to 325 (my oven runs a bit hotter than others) so maybe a lower temp could help others too. But yeah, they’re really good! Definitely need to save recipe.