Samoa Pudding Cookies

I am just going to come out and say it. These are probably my NEW FAVORITE cookie. As in… ever. Wow… I can’t remember the last time I declared anything to take over the #1 spot in anything.

Samoa Pudding Cookies from ...Of all the cookies on "Chef in Training"'s blog, she has deemed these to be her absolute favorite! These are absolutely INCREDIBLE!

Here is a background story about these cookies. You have heard me talk about this place in Utah called Sweet Tooth Fairy. The lady who founded it won Cupcake Wars and every single item in her store is AMAZING. No exaggeration.

Every time I go home to visit my family, it is a must that I stop in and eat something there. My new recent addiction is her samoa cookies. Oh my. Delicious. It is actually the whole inspiration behind today’s pudding cookie.

I have been trying and trying and trying to recreate this recipe for months now. I cannot get a shortbread cookie like hers to save my life, so I opted for the one type of cookie I have perfected, the pudding cookie. These cookies (minus some slight differences in the actual cookie) taste spot on to Sweet Tooth Fairy, and look just like them too.

My husband, who rarely EVER declares any recipe his new favorite, deemed these his new favorite cookie too. There you have it. You are going to love this cookie!

The bottom is spread with chocolate coating just to add to the samoa flavor…

Then it is topped with a Caramel Buttercream frosting, drizzled with chocolate coating and caramel and then sprinkled with toasted coconut…

Each and every bite is heaven in your mouth and worth every single calorie.

Make these for yourself, trust me, it will be a new favorite in your house too!

Samoa Pudding Cookies
Of all the cookies on "Chef in Training"'s blog, she has deemed these to be her absolute favorite! These are absolutely INCREDIBLE!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, dry
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup caramel topping
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk
Topping Drizzles
  • 4 oz. chocolate candy coating, I use Candiquick
  • ½ cup Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Stir together flour, salt 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 and beat until well incorporated.
  6. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
  7. Roll into 1½″ balls and slightly press down to slightly flatten. Place on greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes. I usually bake mine for 9 minutes and they are perfect. When done, remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on cooling rack completely.
  9. Melt candy coating in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment until chocolate is smooth and melted.
  10. Spread a small amount of chocolate on the bottom of each cookie, just enough to cover. Place top side down until chocolate has hardened.
  1. Cream butter in stand mixer. Add powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, caramel and milk to stand mixer and mix until well combined. Add more milk and/or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.
  2. Frost the top of each cookie.
Topping Drizzles
  1. Combine caramel bits and water in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth and well combined.
  2. Next drizzle cookies with remaining chocolate candy coating (melt again if needed and add more if needed) and caramel. I like to alternate the way I drizzle each one.
  3. Sprinkle tops of cookies with toasted coconut. Let chocolate and carmel set.


Samoa Pudding Cookies from ...Of all the cookies on "Chef in Training"'s blog, she has deemed these to be her absolute favorite! These are absolutely INCREDIBLE!

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Wow, Nikki, they look & sound incredible! I am a huge Samoas fan and actually just posted some Samoas bars yesterday and your cookies look amazing. I love the caramel buttercream (WOW!), the pudding part that keeps them so soft, the chocolate, and that they're your fave cookies on your whole site. Pinned!

  2. ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Looks delicious! I can understand why this is your new favorite ... pretty sure it'll become mine too! :)

  3. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    What a sweet idea, Nikki! Thanks for sharing the story for your inspiration as well. I just adore Samoas and have a section dedicated to them in my summer recipe round-up (coming soon and a first for my baby blog). These beauties just made the list and I cannot wait to try them! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  4. Tieghan

    Wow oh wow!! These are incredible and would probably be my new favorite cookie too!! I love that coconut on top with the extra drizzle of chocolate! YES, PLEASE!

  5. the cape on the corner

    oy. like most of your recipes, i'm going to pretend I didn't see this, and i'm going to pretend i'm not wishing for it to be girl scout season.

  6. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    These look amazing Nikki!! Could you please come to my house and do a step by step on how to take pictures as well as you do?? Your photography skills knock my socks off, and these might be the prettiest pictures yet! I almost grabbed at a cookie through my screen!

  7. Joan - My Cookie Clinic

    Watch out Girl've got competition! Nikki, These look great and wouldn't last long in my house!

  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I was just talking to my friend about how I'd love to make Samoas at home. I've tried before and they never turn out. These just look so much easier and even BETTER. If you say these are a favorite, (and you have a TON of incredible cookie recipes) well I have no doubt in my mind they are amazing Nikki.

  9. Ala

    Lordie--I actually have an entire, unopened box of Samoas sitting on top of my fridge...I still haven't worked up the courage to open it because, believe it or not, I've never tried the amazing cookies everyone tells me about. I'm off to fix that now, and I will have to check out these new favorite cookies :) thanks for sharing!

  10. Mandi Welbaum

    They look absolutely delicious. I've learned that it's really hard to copy someone's else's recipes because we are so use to the flavors of their items. I think you have found a new way of making something amazing.

  11. Lori

    These were absolutely to die for, moist as ever, definitely a keeper!