Root Beer Pudding Cookies

I am so excited to kick of The Blogger Cookie Exchange Week!

When I contemplated what cookie I wanted to create for you, of course I resorted to my favorite type of cookies… I am sure you all can guess it… Pudding Cookies!

A few of you have nick-named me “The Pudding Cookie Queen” and I humbly accept the title ;-) Pudding cookies are my favorite because they truly are the softest, chewiest and down-right BEST cookies you will ever make! The secret ingredient… Instant Pudding Mix.  Something about that ingredient makes pudding cookies the perfect cookies that they are.

I have a variety of Pudding Cookies on my blog, but I wanted one that was sure to stand out. When I was pregnant with my daughter, the ONLY things I craved was Root Beer. I had 1-2 of them daily. Oddly enough, after I was done being pregnant… I still loved root beer.  Some women can never look at the foods they craved in pregnancy for years after the baby is born… I on the other hand still live for a tall glass of bubbly, delicious root beer.

That is why these cookies are so good. With the white chocolate chips and root beer flavoring, it tastes like a root beer float, but in cookie form! You need to give these a try!

It has been brought to my attention that someone else came up with this idea, too. And while I did not see her recipe before I made or posted this, I want to give Dreaming of White Chocolate a little shout out because great minds think alike :)


Root Beer Pudding Cookies

Root Beer Pudding Cookies!... These taste like a root beer float in cookie form! They are so soft and delicious! #cookie #recipe #bloggercookieexchange

By Chef in Training November 11, 2012

  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies

These taste like a root beer float in cookie form! They are so soft and delicious!


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  1. Cream butter and sugars together.
  2. Beat in instant vanilla pudding mix well.
  3. Add eggs and root beer concentrate and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Add flour and baking soda and beat until well incorporated.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 1" balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.


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  1. 1

    I will for sure try these cookies, they sound and look yummy! I love you pictures.
    Wanda Ann

  2. 2

    My youngest is root beer crazy and I hope to surprise him with this recipe.

    A question, please. What size box is the pudding? Large or small?

  3. 4

    I love root beer and I LOVE your pudding cookie recipe–this is a match made in heaven, Nikki!

  4. 5

    They turned out perfectly! You make the best looking cookies! My grandma was a major root beer fanatic and used to make things with root beer extract – she would have loved these!

  5. 6

    These look great Nikki. I craved Root Beer floats with my first child…still love them too. Love all things root beer!

  6. 7

    A cookie that tastes like a rootbeer float? Girl, that sounds good!

  7. 8

    They sound absolutely heavenly!!!

  8. 9

    I love root beer, and these sound so good! I”m sure my kids would devour these!

  9. 10

    These sound amazing! i can’t wait to try them! question… where do i find root beer extract? thanks! =)

  10. 11

    I’ve not heard if root beer concentrate. Any idea where to look? I live in a small town.

    • 12
      Chef in Training says:

      Most grocery stores carry it. You can find it next to the vanilla extract. Hope that helps :) Let me know if you have anymore questions.

  11. 13

    Just made these and they are SO GOOD! Found the root beer concentrate near the vanilla extract at Wal-mart. I used a little over a tsp because I really wanted the flavor. Everyone loved them! This was my first time using pudding mix in a cookie and it really made it perfectly soft! Can’t wait to try some more pudding cookies!

  12. 14

    Just made these excellent cookies!! Your pudding cookies are incredible! I’ve made these and the red velvet, dying to make the Oreo but can’t find the pudding for them. This is probably one of the best blogs I’ve come across! Thanks for all the great help in the kitchen!

  13. 15

    This is a great cookie recipe! I cooked 1 dozen at a time for 12 mintues and they came out perfect! The only thing I did not care for was the white chocolate chips, I just think I prefer regular chocolate chips. I will be making these again, the pudding really does help make it great!

  14. 16

    These sound delicious and I am wanting to make them for my cookie exchange this season!! About how many do you get out of a batch??

  15. 17

    I halved this recipe and used sasparilla instead of root beer…the cookies were darker and completely amazing. Thanks for posting!!

  16. 18

    These were one of the best cookies I’ve ever made! Everyone loved them, even my dad who is not a root beer fan! So yummy & easy. Found the root beer concentrate right by the vanilla extract. Thanks so much!!!!!

  17. 19

    These were sooo good and everyone who tried them loved them. They are ridiculously easy to make and ridiculously moist. My only issue was that I couldn’t find, for the life of me, root beer extract. I live in Vancouver BC, and I looked through a few grocery stores, but to no avail. However, they were awesome without the rootbeer extract. I’m still going to look for it though.
    Either way, great recipe. I will make these again for sure.
    Happy New Year!

    • 20

      You can look for LorAnn flavorings for candy making also. They are stronger than an extract, but will work. Just use less of it!

  18. 21

    Ok, I am eating one of these at this very moment and LOVING IT!!!! Totally featuring it on my blog and pinning it as “tried and true”!!!!! I also LOVE your peppermint chocolate pudding cookies. You’re my new go-to gal for cookies! :)

  19. 22

    Best cookies I’ve made in ages…served them with vanilla ice cream and they were a hit! *****

  20. 23

    Where would one find root beer concentrate? I’ve scoured several grocery store’s baking aisle and come up with nothing :(

  21. 24

    Awesome. :)

  22. 25

    Where do I find root beer concentrate?

  23. 26

    I think these are going to become everyone’s new favorite cookie!

    This recipe was featured in Krafty Cards etc.’s Recipe Round-up. View it at: Thanks for the inspiration!

    Krafty Cards etc.

  24. 27

    Where do you find root bear concentrate?

  25. 28
    Kristina says:

    Thanks for sharing=) These just came out the oven, & they taste just like a root beer float. Yum!

  26. 29

    I just made these and they are fantastic (if you like Root Beer as much as I do). For those who wanted to know where to find the root beer extract I found it at Walmart.

  27. 30
    Karrie Middaugh says:

    Can I use sugar free instant pudding in this recipe?

    • 31

      How will using sugar free pudding affect the recipe? Had to order my Root Beer cincentrate from amazon, and am ready to make a batch. Would like to use the sugar free pudding if you think they will turn out alright.

  28. 32

    When I was pregnant, I also craved root beer all the time!! Because I had it in the house all the time, my boys eventually tasted it and now they love it! I can’t wait to make these cookies with them! Thanks!

  29. 33

    I just made these cookies but I could not find any root beer extract or essence anywhere. So I substituted a root beer reduction. I reduced 2 cups of root beer down to about 2tbsp of syrup. I added about 1tbsp of flour to absorb the extra liquid and I did not adjust anything else in the recipe. They turned out amazing! Hopefully next time I can fine some extract!

  30. 34

    I have no idea what was going on but I didn’t get a “batter.” It made gross crumbs. I had to add 1/4 cup of milk. Tried it twice. I bought the smallest box of instant pudding. I checked other recipes – Are you sure about your measures? Even Toll house cookies have more butter and the same amount of flour. Sorry, but I am sorely disappointed.

    • 35

      Cindy, I made them exactly as the recipe was written and they turned out great. My butter was very soft when I mixed them up… maybe that was the difference?

    • 36

      Perhaps you got the butter measurement wrong? It is one and a half sticks (3/4 cup) of butter. Did you use 3/4 of a stick instead?

  31. 37

    Make these cookies! They turn out perfect and are so so so very yummy!

  32. 38

    Had to order the concentrate from Amazon, but it was here in just a few days. We made these today and they turned out perfectly. My family loves them!

  33. 39

    These cookies are the best. I had been trying to find a recipe for rootbeer cookies for my nephew who loves rootbeer for a year and just kept throwing away the batter. These were such a hit at his birthday that the neighbor kids requested them for their birthday! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  34. 40

    I tried these cookies and my family and I all liked them! One thing I was bummed about though is instead of curing my root beer float craving they seemed to make me miss the real thing since they tasted so much like them! Ha ha! Thanks!