I've posted the recipes for many, many pudding cookies as I've made them for Mondays (and I'm sure there will be many, many more), but for some reason I can't find a basic Pudding Cookie Recipe. Did I ever post it? I don't think I did. It isn't Oreo, it isn't peanut butter, it's just a basic vanilla pudding cookie base. I'm going to share it with you now because it's the most versatile thing ever.
I have made basic chocolate chip cookies with this recipe. I made some this week with Christmas chips (dyed red & green). I have added chopped up Butterfingers. I have used mini M&Ms. How did I never post this? I am clearly disorganized.
So here is the basic pudding cookie recipe. I usually make a half-batch and get about 4 dozen. I'll be making them again next week for my gentleman's holiday party at work. It's great. Make them. Be creative. Enjoy!
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups add-ins (chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter/white chocolate chips, candy bars, m&m's, nuts, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour and baking soda in seperate bowl and set aside; in a large bowl, cream butter, brown and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix until well blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. When smooth, slowly add in the flour mixture. This can take a little while, but make sure it's well incorporated into mix.
Finally, add the "fillers".
You can use a small melon ball scoop to make 1 " balls so the cookies are all uniform in size and bake evenly. When using candy like snickers, make sure you smooth the balls or the snickers part will ooze all over your pan.
Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden.
Yield: 8 dozen