Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

I’ve clearly been in the mood for sweets lately… especially those that combine peppermint and chocolate.

Between the peppermint bark and white chocolate peppermint popcorn I inhaled over the past few days, it should come as no surprise that I baked up another peppermint and chocolate sweet treat earlier this week.

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Yes, these cookies are already gone.

You put pudding mix, peppermint and chocolate in a cookie and try to resist!

I got the idea for these cookies from seeing tons of boxes of cake mix in the grocery store that promised a “super moist” cake because of the inclusion of pudding mix in the batter.

Why not include pudding mix in cookies!?

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I actually had to make a couple of batches of these cookies before the recipe was good enough to share (poor me, plagued with lots of cookie scraps to eat), but the end result of the final batch was worth the effort.

These cookies have crispy edges, ooey gooey centers and a chocolaty flavor with the perfect hit of peppermint. I also love the fun crunch from the peppermint bits in the batter.

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Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

Makes approximately 12 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 packet instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 peppermint candies, crushed (may use more or less)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter and sugar in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and peppermint extract to butter mixture and mix until everything is smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine pudding mixture, flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour pudding mixture into butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Fold in peppermint candy pieces.
  7. Drop one-tablespoon size scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.
  8. Bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes.
  9. Cool and enjoy.

Enjoy!

P.S. These cookies are not dog friendly which makes for one very sad puppy in our house.

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Comments

  1. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers says

    Mmmm! peppermint + chocolate = heaven

    I’m excited to bake cookies later today. It’s been about a year or two, so I’m pretty pumped.

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  2. Rebecca says

    Just woke up and saw these delicious cookies! Is 5:30am too early to bake?? :)

    p.s. I passed along yesterday’s post about Max to both my parents who are teachers and I’m hoping to get it throughout the schools to teachers and students! I really hope he reaches his goal!

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    • jennyv says

      The ONLY cookies my family makes are w/ pudding! I don’t think we’ve made choc chip cookies without! :) We claim they’re ‘ours’ too!

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  3. says

    Mmmm looks so delicious!! ahahaha….*shhh* it’s a secret, but I’ve worked on the perfect (at least for me) cookie recipe over the course of one year and they are perfect! And they contain 1 TBSP vanillla pudding mix. :D

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  4. says

    The holidays definitely make me crave sweets! Hot Chocolate, peppermints, 1 lb slice and share snickers-kidding (only about the sharing) I’ve been waiting for some pbfingers peanut butter dessert recipes, will I get my Christmas wish?

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  5. says

    I am so impressed that you experiment with baking! If I experiment, I end up with a complete disaster, like the time I tried to use bananas instead of butter (what was I thinking? Those two things are not even remotely similar!) or tried replacing brown sugar with honey. Haha I am so glad you have better results! These cookies look delicious – great idea using pudding!!! :-)

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  6. Amanda says

    Oooh, this reminds me, I thought of you the other day. My sis gave her dog a candy that had a thin choc coating and I was like, NOOOOO! Choc is poisonous for dogs! Then my mum did the same and I freaked out. So I googled it for us, and read up on theobromine poisoning, aaaaaand it turns out that it usually takes a significant amount of chocolate to adversely affect a dog (obviously depending on size and type etc).

    So, while I’m certainly not advocating giving chocolate to dogs, if Sadie happens to get a few chocolate cookie crumbs while your unawares or anything like that, she’ll probably be just fine :)

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  7. Lola Lady B says

    I just made these. I had one right out of the oven and it was delicious. Thank you for experimenting and sharing. Tis the season. Someone commented that they look “terrible”. I think because the cookies are light brown. Any suggestions to add to make them a darker chocolate brown? Thanks again. I will make these again for sure.

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  8. Sara Kolpek says

    When you say to use 1/2 a packet of instant choc. pudding, did you use half a 3.4 or 5.9 ounce packet??? Thanks! I can’t wait to try these!

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