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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Pudding in the batter makes these butterscotch pudding cookies super moist and delicious

With two weeks of traveling back and forth to the Midwest and East and West coast, I’m done traveling for a bit until Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for this because I’m kind of tired of all this traveling – NOT because I didn’t have fun – oh boy, I had LOADS of fun on both trips and there’s a special post coming this Friday about my recent trip to Seattle & Portland – but traveling takes a lot out of you and with me being sick these past couple weeks, my body just wants to collapse! Also, when you travel you miss your comfy bed so much. If hotels started to have Tempurpedic beds as a $50 upgrade or something, I’d instantly be sold. That’s the one thing that’s stopping Jason and I from upgrading our full size bed in the master bedroom, we don’t want to fork out $3000 for a king size Tempurpedic – yet. Yes, we sleep on a full size right now. It’s actually not that bad. You learn to give and take the space ;)

Sidenote: have any of you flown one of the newer United planes lately? Although their customer service is as close to crap as it can get, their newer planes are quite nice. The seats feel different and look brand new, and the headrests fold in on two sides so you can lean your head on either side as a headrest when you fall asleep. Also, on both flights to and from Seattle, I was able to watch DirectTV for the entire duration of the flight. Um, Food Network and HGTV for 5 hours?! I felt like I was at home! Haha, it really was awesome. Nothing’s free, of course, it was $7.99 but still, it still beats watching the person next to you snore. I just hope they start putting wifi on these planes. I could get so much work done!

When I saw these cookies from the cookie queen herself a month ago, I knew I had to make them. She even declared them as one of her favorite cookies.

I love butterscotch anything but I was even more intrigued with the pudding in the cookies. I know pudding in most baked goods make them extremely moist, soft, and delicious, but I had never tried it in a cookie before.

Well, these cookies are definitely one of the best cookies I’ve ever made. They’re SO soft and so chewy and moist. I love that the butterscotch flavor is throughout the cookie thanks to the pudding and the chocolate and butterscotch chips are a great addition. Even more surprising is that these cookies aren’t too sweet at all. Jason LOVED them and I must say, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that many cookies in one sitting before. We took them for lunch every day and by the time the container of these cookies were gone, we were pretty sad. I need to make these again – possibly do holiday cookies with pudding. They’re pure genius! I love how soft they stay even after a few days. Like Maria said, the pudding is money!

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package of butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add in the pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat well until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate and butterscotch chips with a spatula.
  5. Drop cookies onto baking sheet with a cookie scoop (I used a medium cookie scoop) and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.



  1. 10/09/2012 at 7:53 am

    Ooooh these look so soft, and I’m a sucker for a soft cookie! Yum! Maria does have the best cookie recipes!

  2. 10/09/2012 at 8:24 am

    These look scrumptious- I love soft cookies :)

  3. 10/09/2012 at 8:42 am

    If I had to sleep on a full size mattress with Ulys when we were engaged, we would’ve ended up divorced before the marriage even started. Also, Delta’s where it’s at. Wifi and Tv…just sayin’ ;)

  4. Dawn
    10/09/2012 at 9:07 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait to bake these! My husband (Jason)loves cookies and anything butterscotch! Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. 10/09/2012 at 9:14 am

    I love pudding mix in cookies they make them so soft and delicious and you just want to eat more and more!

  6. 10/09/2012 at 9:35 am

    butterscotch pudding in a cookie…so good.

  7. 10/09/2012 at 10:01 am

    Travel sure is a bitch sometimes – but I’m glad all that back and forth hopscotching across the country was worth it! :) And can’t wait until Friday to show off our lovely baked surprise!

  8. 10/09/2012 at 10:11 am

    I don’t have a Tempurpedic…yet. But I have two friends that do and they are so very very very glad. I’m envious, haha!

    Glad you are back and recuperating. As much as I love travelling, I do agree that it is tiring and your own bed/pillow is the best.

  9. 10/09/2012 at 10:19 am

    these sound delicious! I used to love butterscotch stuff growing up but rarely eat it anymore, not sure why? must change that!

  10. 10/09/2012 at 10:40 am

    These look so good and soft and chewy! I love when cookies stay soft even after a few days and that’s usually what pudding mix does for a cookie. I can’t wait to make these Julie!

  11. 10/09/2012 at 10:46 am

    I actually love United!!! I flew one of their newer flights to St. Martin and it was amazing!

    not as amazing as these cookies though.

  12. 10/09/2012 at 10:49 am

    So funny – my Aunt puts pudding packets in her cake that she calls “Strike it Rich Cake” and it is literally the most moist and delicious cake on Earth. Could be because she mixes the pudding with heavy cream instead of milk. I’m not kidding.

  13. Pam
    10/09/2012 at 10:52 am

    You FINALLY posted the recipe for these! I’ve been wanting it ever since I tried it, and the cookie is nothing short of amazing. I love how soft and delicious it was and how the butterscotch flavor really came out.

  14. 10/09/2012 at 11:15 am

    Haha, so funny, I JUST made this same cookie base recipe yesterday for some cookies on my blog–great minds think alike! I love how totally plush and chewy these bad boys are, and butterscotch is one of my faaaaaves.

  15. 10/09/2012 at 11:19 am

    Delta also has planes with those headrests – I agree they are great! If you take a long haul flight, they have TV and wifi.

    These cookies look amazing! Am afraid to try because I might eat the entire thing….

  16. 10/09/2012 at 11:38 am

    I love how pudding cookies look. Is that weird? Like, you can just tell they’re really soft. I love butterscotch too so I def need to make these!

    • 10/09/2012 at 12:03 pm

      I know what you mean!! You can just SEE how soft they are. It’s like they’re fluffy or something just from the picture itself!

  17. 10/09/2012 at 11:58 am

    Mmm, I’d totally help empty a cookie jar of these. Hope you’re catching up on rest! :)

  18. Back For Seconds
    10/09/2012 at 12:03 pm

    Full size? Wow. We have a king…I need a king, ha!
    Sounds like a pretty nice flight to me! My recent flights involved 2 infants and a hyper 3 year old. Your trip sounded more relaxing, lol!
    These cookies look so soft and chewy. I think I need to make them today! Yum.

  19. 10/09/2012 at 12:06 pm

    YUM!!! These look awesome, Julie. I must have totally missed out, my flights were all old seats. :( I better try United next time.

  20. 10/09/2012 at 12:07 pm

    LOL – Frederick and I used to sleep on full size, too but we gave up because he took so much space and I ended up on the edge of our bed. I haven’t travelled with UA lately, sounds like so much fun. I tried Virgin in June, the interior is so different and classy. Too badd, we have to pay for snacks, etc.
    This recipe sounds awesome. Never thought of having pudding mix for cookies. Brilliant!

  21. 10/09/2012 at 2:17 pm

    That’s too funny Julie – we slept in a full size bed for the first two years we lived together as well! We never thought it was bad, but when we upgraded to a queen eventually we were in heaven :)

    Anyway, I seriously need to try this pudding in cookies thing. I’m so late to jump on the bandwagon, but I’ve heard amazing things. Yours look so good!!

  22. 10/09/2012 at 2:18 pm

    Totally beautiful Julie, great job :)

  23. 10/09/2012 at 3:44 pm

    I totally pinned these when Maria made them! They look so good!

    They do have WiFi on some planes now! I flew Delta a couple months back and they had WiFi! (Though of all the stupid airlines with awful customer service, Delta HAS to be the worst, ugh)

  24. 10/09/2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love these cookies! I actually made them the other day, and they are so good! Pudding is genius in cookies!

  25. 10/09/2012 at 4:45 pm

    Haha, yes, TV on planes beats snoring neighbors ANY day. And so do these cookies! I’m the biggest fan of butterscotch!

  26. 10/09/2012 at 4:58 pm

    So you mean you flew a United flight that didn’t have wiggling seats mid-air?! Impressive lol. Now I need a cookie. Oh and seriously… A full size bed?! That would never work here. Never.

  27. 10/09/2012 at 5:35 pm

    So thick and chewy! I love butterscotch everything. Like… everything. I would absolutely love to have butterscotch pudding mix! I have the exciting variety of vanilla or chocolate over here. Oh well. I’ll save this for later. :)

  28. 10/09/2012 at 10:12 pm

    Mmmmmm, those look so beautiful and the traveling I can completely understand! I am so glad we got to meet though. Maybe next time, somehow, you will be in my area and we can have some baking fun together ;)

  29. 10/09/2012 at 10:40 pm

    I was just thinking about making butterscotch pudding cookies! I’ll have to try out your recipe.

  30. 10/10/2012 at 12:15 am

    It’s so funny that you mention the full-size bed because I have a full at my apt but Jason has a twin up in SF so it gets quite cramped when I’m up there visiting! As for these cookies – YUM! The addiction of the butterscotch pudding is pure genius! And they look incredibly fluffy and crisp around the edges, which is just how I like them!

  31. 10/10/2012 at 3:11 am

    OMG, LOVE! I must add this recipe to my must bake cookie list! YUM!

  32. 10/10/2012 at 9:45 am

    I need to make these. TODAY!

  33. 10/10/2012 at 9:57 am

    Oh girl, I feel ya on the travel front: it feels SO good to be home and in bed.

    These cookies look so perfect, I want a giant plate of them, a glass of milk, and a few hours to nap. Hope you’re getting some rest!!!

  34. 10/10/2012 at 10:44 am

    Pudding in cookies?! I need to do this like YESTERDAY! :)

  35. 10/10/2012 at 10:46 am

    Pudding in cookies?! Umm I need to do this like YESTERDAY! :)

  36. 10/10/2012 at 1:55 pm

    Butterscotch is one of my absolute faves, love the double dose in these!

  37. 10/10/2012 at 4:38 pm

    Julieeeeeeeeeee, ok I love you! Butterscotch is my favorite pudding flavor! I eat the sugar free stuff on the regular. :) But I’ve never put pudding in cookies before and I’ve seen so many versions out there but these have me convinced! Look how soft they are!! :)

  38. 10/10/2012 at 7:30 pm

    Yes please! I wish we lived closer so we could share in on all the goodness! I really need to make some cookies with pudding in them. They sound pretty FAB!

  39. 10/11/2012 at 1:47 am

    What an interesting idea! These sound absolutely amazing. I love butterscotch and in a cookie…I want one right now!

  40. 10/11/2012 at 9:29 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip! And these cookies look really good :)

  41. AAnne
    10/11/2012 at 10:30 am

    I’ve tried those really good cookies, but for my taste I’ll cut in half the butterscotch and chocolate chips. Thanks for this great recipe :)

  42. 10/11/2012 at 10:39 am

    I am a huge butterscotch fan!!! Apparently it is in the air because I made a butterscotch pudding cookie a few weeks ago too, but haven’t posted yet. Love that great minds think alike:-) I think I would definitely pay the extra few dollars for the better seats with tv’s…no one likes to listen to snoring for an entire plane ride!!!

  43. 10/11/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Gorgeous pics, and great adaptation of the cookies! Can’t wait to see the holiday version.

  44. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    10/11/2012 at 12:44 pm

    These are stunning! Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors so these will definitely be baking in my kitchen very soon!

  45. 10/11/2012 at 2:19 pm

    Butterscotch pudding AND butterscotch chips?? I’m drooling! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    PS – I’m also dreaming of a TempurPedic mattress…

  46. 10/11/2012 at 7:40 pm

    I haven’t had cookies with pudding in them for so long, but I remember them being seriously ah-mazing. I love the butterscotch twist!

  47. 10/11/2012 at 8:36 pm

    Traveling does get tiring!

    And whenever anyone add pudding and cookies in the name together, it always sounds AWESOME. This is no exception. I have yet to try, I must do so soon.

  48. 10/11/2012 at 11:46 pm

    I put pudding in just about everything these days. I love how moist it makes baked goods!

    You are in Manhattan now, is that right?

    • 10/12/2012 at 6:50 am

      I love it too!! Makes me eat cookies and baked goods way fast! ;) I’m actually in Washington DC!

  49. 10/12/2012 at 1:09 pm

    YOWZAS! Where to even begin?! I bet these are so insanely chewy and soft and amazing!

    • 10/12/2012 at 2:37 pm

      They are!! :) Thanks Kelly!

  50. Ana
    10/15/2012 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my! Everyone, these are truly as delicious as they appear in the picture. They are soft and moist just the way I like my cookies. The chocolate and butterscotch work well together. Lots of flavor. I would highly recommend you making them as you will not be disappointed! Thanks Julie!

  51. 11/14/2012 at 10:42 am

    Ill try to keep this short.
    Julie brought these to the salon in a freezer bag. I gave out 5 to coworkers. Each has now made them and has started a table for two craze. I now keep her business card at my station at work.
    I brought them home I ate 6 cookies (I don’t even like butterscotch) they were that good. Sooooooo soft.
    Enter husband….. I see him eat one or two. When I get up in the morning the whole bag is gone.
    That’s almost 2 dozen cookies Julie brought me…. Gone in less than 8 hours.
    Make these, you won’t regret it but your scale might.

  52. Pam
    04/12/2013 at 6:12 pm

    I just made these and they are FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for such a great recipe :)

  53. Nicolette Barnes
    01/16/2014 at 12:44 pm

    I made these yesterday. I was thinking of making a half batch, as I though this would make a lot, but didn’t want to have to leave behind a half box of pudding mix, so I made the full batch, but that was good, because it only made 22 medium sized cookies. They turned out well. Just remember that they will look a bit doughy still when you take them out, but firm up with cooling. If you wait until they look done in the oven, they will be too hard after cooling. They smell absolutely delightful. I don’t eat cookies, so I don’t know about the taste myself, but my mom said they were good. Oh yeah, I only used 1/2 c. chocolate chips and a heaping half cup butterscotch chips, and they were ‘well-chipped’. I think the full amount would be too much, even for someone who likes lots of chips.


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