Sweet and Salty Pudding Cookies – soft cookies filled with coconut, pretzels, and M&Ms! The pudding mix keeps them soft for days.
I am so, so, so ready for summer.
We’ve reached the point of the school year where we have standardized tests and giant projects due and award ceremonies every other day.
Which means summer is right around the corner.
We’re even pretty much done with soccer and the other parents are all, “You wanna get together and practice this summer?”
Anyway. I made cookies!
How To Make Sweet and Salty Pudding Cookies
I am OBSESSED with pudding cookies. They are the softest, most delicious cookies you will ever try.
Pudding cookies are just regular cookies but you add instant pudding mix to the batter.
I make pretty much all my cookies with pudding mix because it adds flavor and keeps the cookies really soft. Because there is nothing worse than a cookie that was soft on day 1 but is hard as a rock by day 3.
This recipe also uses more brown sugar than white sugar which also helps to keep the cookies soft.
The rest of the ingredients are all your standard cookie ingredients but these get coconut, chopped pretzels, and M&Ms folded in at the end.
It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty!
Tips for Making Sweet and Salty Pudding Cookies
You need INSTANT pudding mix for these. Make sure the box says instant.
Don’t actually make the pudding mix! You are going to put the dry, powdered pudding mix right into the cookie dough.
You can use a different flavor pudding mix if you want to change things up! You can also use your favorite kind of M&Ms!
I know coconut is a polarizing ingredient so if you aren’t into coconut, you can definitely leave it out without messing up the recipe.
If your cookies seem to be spreading too much, put the cookie dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes before baking.
To make my cookies extra pretty, I always save some of the mix-ins (the pretzels and M&Ms) to place on top of the cookie dough after I roll them into balls.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container. They are tasiest when consumed within 3 days but will be fine for up to a week.
More Pudding Cookies Recipes
Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies – a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe but these will stay soft for days thanks to the pudding mix!
M&Ms Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies – if you’re looking for a cookie filled with just chocolate chips and M&Ms, these are perfect!
Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Pudding Cookies – for the chocolate lovers! Chocolate pudding cookies with chocolate chunks mixed in!
More Sweet and Salty Dessert Recipes
Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies – rich brownies topped with crunchy peanut butter and chopped pretzels on top. The chocolate lovers will go crazy for these!
Peanut Butter Bacon S’mores Crispy Treats – yummy mix of crispy rice cereal and golden grahams are coated in peanut butter and melted marshmallows and then tossed with crispy bacon and chocolate chunks.
- 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups pretzels, broken into small pieces
- 1/2 cups M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in pudding mix and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour and baking powder to remove lumps. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat until well incororated. Use a rubber spatula to fold in coconut, pretzels, and M&Ms.
Take heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, roll into balls, and place on prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches space between each one.
Bake for 8 - 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until light golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.