White Chocolate Craisin Cheesecake Pudding Cookies

Being a food blogger has its perks. In my cupboards, you will find a wide variety of spices, seasonings, mixes and extracts. Sometimes I will just go open the cupboard and stare at my extracts until something pops out at me. This particular time, the Cheesecake extract stood out to me.

The Christmas season is upon us. Craisins, chocolate and cheesecake are some of my favorite flavors/desserts of the holidays. I knew they would compliment each other perfectly in, you guessed it, a pudding cookie. I adapted the original Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookie recipe on my blog and the end result was fantastic.

In my church, I am called to work with the youth and I love it! They love it too because I bring them yummy goodies :) I brought these cookies into class and they all loved them. My husband also raved about them. So there you have it. These cookies are kid and adult approved.

White Chocolate Craisin Cheesecake Pudding Cookies
These are the perfect treat for the holidays!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen cookies
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box cheesecake instant pudding mix, dry, do not prepare
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cheesecake flavoring
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup craisins
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
  4. Add in dry cheesecake instant pudding mix and beat until well blended.
  5. Add eggs and cheesecake flavoring and mix well. (if you don't have cheesecake flavoring, vanilla will work as well)
  6. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
  7. Add chocolate chips and craisins and stir in to cookie dough.
  8. Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.


(Recipe base from my Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies)

While I came up with the recipe on my own, I am getting in the habit of googling recipes before I post them to see if the recipe already exists. While searching I found this recipe at Annadoll that is similar to mine. While our recipes are slightly different, I want to give her a shout out too :)

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Haha, you and Jocelyn crack me up! Is there no end to your pudding cookie recipes? Amazing, and delicious!!!!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Nikki I bet these are so crazy good - cheesecake and pudding and white chocolate - all are my faves!

  3. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    Nikki...we are on the same wave length today :) I posted a very similar cookie using your pudding cookie recipe - great minds think alike! They were amazing - we loved them!

  4. Kay-M

    The recipe calls for Cheesecake Flavoring, but the directions say Vanilla. I've never heard of Cheesecake Flavoring.- is this correct?

    1. Chef in Training

      Thanks for catching that, must have been writing that late at night haha! It is cheesecake flavoring. I found it at Kitchen Kneads, a kitchen store near where I live. If you can't find any, vanilla would work great, too.

  5. Melissa H from So. Fla.

    I'm assuming that this would come out equally as good if you couldn't find "Cheesecake Flavoring" and just stuck to Vanilla? (Of course it would....duh) <--I may have answered my own question :-)

    1. Chef in Training

      yes vanilla would work great in place of it. I just wanted to amp up the cheesecake flavor a little more :)

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I love love love your pudding cookie recipes, Nikki! And I am in love with this version. White choc chips and craisins have to be one of my fave cookie mixin combos ever! So good. And I love that you added cheesecake pudding and extract(!!) into the batter as well. Holy yum!

  7. Shannah @ Just Us Four

    Wow, I never knew that such a thing as cheesecake extract existed. That sounds heavenly as do these cookies.

  8. Carollee

    Is the Cheesecake extract like the Lorann's oil or is it something totally different all together?

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I just adore the pudding cookies too....I always get excited to see what fun new version you are making. I have never heard of cheesecake extract, but sadly I don't have that store near me. Maybe I can find it online! This cookie version totally yells Christmas!!!

  10. Anna

    Aww thanks for the shout out! I have yet to try other pudding flavors in my cookies. :P Your cookies look delicious!

  11. Wanda Ann

    These cookies looks delicious, I'll give them a try. I love your pictures.
    Wanda Ann @ memoriesbythemile.com

  12. Melissa H from So. Fla.

    I made these little lovlies last night and they were oh so delicious!
    (I'm thinking your recipe could actually call for a bit more Craisins) :)

  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    how did I miss these? You are the queen of pudding cookies! never ever ever cease to amaze me with your creativity miss Nikki! You make the most beautiful cookies!

  14. Nikita

    When I made this recipe, the dough came out super thick, just like the pumpkin choc chip cookies. Is the batter supposed to come out like this or do I overbeat it? They were still wonderful!

  15. Nikita

    * I'm also using Splenda products too. Maybe that's another reason?

  16. Terri

    Thanks for this and all the other yummy recipes you share with us.

    I thought I would share with you that I have a similar recipe, except it adds 1T of brandy, instead of the flavoring. YUM!!!

  17. Dianna F

    Made these last night. I added 3/4 cup of chopped macadamia nuts and used vanilla(didn't have any cheesecake flavoring). Delicious! I will definitely make these again!!

  18. Misty T

    Would it work just as well if you substitute self rising flour for the baking soda and all purpose flour?

  19. Jilly

    These. are. so. goooood. And they look pretty. And the UPS man showed up at the door just time to sample them for me. Made these for my jewelry party tonight.

  20. Sue

    I am 54 years old and have been making pudding cookies since I was in high school and possibly before. My mother and I used to make them together. In fact I dug out the original pudding box that we got the recipe from, the other day to show my 16 year old son. He tried to google some of the numbers from the box to see if he could figure out it's age. No luck but I am guessing its from the 1970's. I have adapted all of my cookie recipes to include pudding. I am somewhat famous (or infamous...LOL) for my cookies in Las Vegas. Everyone loves them! I was surprised when I searched Pinterest the other day for pudding cookies just how many are out there...I used to tell people my recipe was a secret!!!.

  21. CM

    Hello. The recipe for the White Chocolate Craisin Cheesecake Pudding Cookies is missing from your web page--do we just substitute a couple of ingredients from the base recipe that you cite? Thank you in advance. CM

    1. Chef in Training

      so sorry about that! It is all fixed now :)