Pudding M&M Cookies

Classic pudding cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful with a sprinkling of M&Ms for spring and Easter. Super simple – perfect for kids in the kitchen! 

Classic pudding M&M cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful!

I do enjoy elaborate desserts – both making and eating them – but sometimes life calls for simple, straightforward, classics. At those times, there’s not much better than a faithful, crowd-pleasing cookie recipe. To me, that would be slightly crispy on the edge, chewy and soft in the middle, and studded with chocolate or any other mix-in that floats your boat.

If you experiment with a lot of cookie recipes, it’s not a news flash that including pudding mix in the dough is basically a guaranteed short-cut to puffy, pillow-y cookie heaven. That said, I still remember the first time I tried a recipe that used this trick. –>Blown away<–

In fact, that recipe is still my husband’s favorite chocolate chip cookie, and even though I slightly prefer these, I’m more than happy to make “the originals” time and time again.

This base recipe is a thing of simple and adaptable beauty. This week – definitely a week that calls for keeping it simple around these parts – there happened to be a bag of cheerful Easter-colored M&Ms in the pantry. Their satisfying chocolate-y crunch is, of course, even more wonderful encased in the already mentioned puffy, pillow-y cookie heaven.

And just look at them! So happy. If I were Bob Ross, these would be my little trees.

Classic pudding M&M cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful!

Classic pudding cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful!

Classic pudding cookies - soft, chewy, oh-so-cheerful with a dose of M&Ms for spring and Easter.Click To Tweet

These are also an excellent little from-scratch baking project if you’d like a not-overly-chaotic way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Simple measurements; opportunities to whisk, beat, and mix by hand; no need to refrigerate the dough, etc.

Gratification will even come quickly enough for little ones (on a good day, anyway) – we’re talking <30 minutes from start to cookie consumption. See? Simple is good. 🙂

Pudding M&M Cookies

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Yield about 2 dozen cookies

Classic pudding cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful with a sprinkling of M&Ms for spring and Easter. Super simple - perfect for kids in the kitchen! 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix 
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Prepare baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper, and set aside. 
  2. Mix flour and baking soda in a small bowl, and stir with a fork or whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together on medium-high until creamed, 2-3 minutes. Add the pudding mix, followed by the eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure mixture is evenly combined. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the top, then mix on low speed just until flour is incorporated. Stir in the M&Ms by hand.
  4. Drop cookies by rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the centers are just set and the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Classic pudding cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-cheerful with a sprinkling of M&Ms. Perfect for kids in the kitchen!

15 Comments

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    Miranda
    January 28, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely love these cookies. I love the idea of using pudding in the mix! Can’t wait to make them😊

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Miranda! The pudding keeps them SO soft – hope you enjoy!

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    Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    April 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Those look incredible! I love the pretty pastel colors and how soft and fluffy they look! I’ve never tried baking with pudding before… but I’ll have to give these a go!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! I hope you enjoy – adding pudding to cookies is the simplest thing ever, but totally what gives these that soft fluffy look. And taste! 🙂

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    Garlic + Zest
    April 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve never added pudding to cookie dough before, but I can imagine how rich they would be as a result! The kids would love to help on this project!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Absolutely! My son “helped” with this batch, so we had a lot of flour and some stray egg matter strewn across the counter before all was said and done, but what can I say, it’s worth it, ha!

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    Karthika
    April 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Two of my favorites ! Must try

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    April 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Soft cookies are the best! These are so cute and perfect for Easter!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thanks, Kim! I agree with you – as a kid I LOVED Soft Batch cookies, and I guess my tastes haven’t changed SO much over time, ha!

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    Mommy In A Nutshell
    April 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I have been adding pudding to all of my cakes lately and it makes SUCH a difference. Never thought about it in cookies though.Great idea! My boys would go NUTS for those cookies…I would too!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Oooh, and I’ve never thought about adding it to cakes! So intrigued!

  • Reply
    christinegalvani
    April 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I love your site and this recipe looks delicious! They would be great for Easter.

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Aw, thanks, Christine, that’s so kind of you to say!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    April 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    These cookies look so cute and I’m sure they taste amazing! Definitely a perfect treat for Easter!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Liz!

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