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31 October 2013

Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies





Happy Halloween! Ninja is wearing his army snuggie, yes snuggie, becuase that is how he rolls. My class dressed up for their exam today because it was Halloween (and I offered them extra credit if they did -- gotta have fun ;). And today marks the end of my Spooktacular countdown. And is the reason (well, one of the reasons) I did not post yesterday.  I did not forget. I wanted to make this yummy treat for the hubby's work Halloween party and I just hate making over a day old baked goods for a party. And of course, what fun would it be if I did not post a treat on Halloween. Besides, who made up the rules that countdowns had to be everday ;) I believe in breaking a few rules, being a bit of a hippie, going outside the box, eating that extra cookie or that whole bar of chocolate, and acting like a big kid!

Well, if you know me but at all -- you would know that I would not do any countdown without including a pudding cookie recipe. Remember, I am hardcore addicted to pudding cookies. And I pretty much have not made a non-pudding cookie since. There is just no other way to make a cookie. Why would anyone not want a cookie that is always moist, delicious an delectable. That would just never happen. When I went to the grocery store to pick up ingredients and decor for my Spooktacular countdown, I saw this pumpkin spice pudding. And pudding cookie just popped into my head. Just a heads up, apparently this flavor of pudding is generally only sold at Wal-mart. 

Plus, the hubby LOVES himself pumpkin desserts. He fills up on all things pumpkin. Not only did I want to make these pudding cookies for the hubby's party because I have never had a pudding cookie not be a big hit but I thought it was a great transition. Pumpkin is so Halloweeny (hahaha..it's a word) but it is also Fally (also a word) -- the perfect food to go from Halloween to Thanksgiving! These cookies are AMAZING -- with just the right subtle hint of pumpkin spice. The hubby convinced me that he just had to "try" one before taking it to work, just to "ensure" they tasted good. I also took some to school with me. They were gone instantly. So say goodbye to Halloween and hello to Thanksgiving season in an awesome way! :)







PUMPKIN SPICE, CHOCOLATE CHIP PUDDING COOKIES
Adapted from Chef-in-Training

INGREDIENTS


Preheat over to 350F Degrees

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour*
2 tsp. baking soda
1 (3.4-3.56 oz) box of pumpkin spice pudding (dry)
1 1/2 stick of butter, softened
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 c. of chocolate chunks

*If dough is sticky add an extra 1/4 c. of flour

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and pumpkin spice pudding mix- set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together (on medium speed) butter and both sugars until fluffy (about 5 minutes). Then add eggs, one at time, followed by vanilla and honey. Scrape down sides. Then reduce to low speed and add dry ingredients. Combine until just incorporated. Finally fold in chocolate chips .

Line baking sheet with baking mat, aluminum foil, parchment or wax paper. Scoop out 1 1/2-2 inch, cookie dough balls onto sheet (roll between the palm of your hands for a nice round shape). Space the cookies 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten the cookies using the palm of your hand. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Enjoy,
Chika

43 comments :

  1. Interesting. I have to give these a try as they look yum. Also, has me thinking if I would get the same result if I use different types of Jell-o...I see an experiment in my future..

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  2. Hi Affbb5b6-04db-11e3-8f05-000bcdcb8a73 :) That was a mouthful :) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like these cookies. And definitely try out different pudding cookies. I definitely have as I LOVE pudding cookies. I have used vanilla, chocolate, Oreo, cheesecake and pumpkin spice puddings in my cookies. I also look forward to using butterscotch pudding in cookies soon!

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  3. I went without the chocolate chips. I rolled them in cinnamon and vanilla bean sugar. They are the best snickerdoodles I have ever had. Also changed pudding and additives and made fudge peppermint. They still turned out amazing. Great basic recipe!!

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  4. Hi Anonymous! Glad this helped with a great basic recipe! What a great snickerdoodle pudding cookie you described -- sound delicious! I think I will try it for a Christmas cookie to post :) Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday break :)

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  5. So, mine don't look anything like your cookie and my cookie batter is very dry (almost like corn meal). But they taste really good.

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  6. Emily: I am so sorry! I adjusted the recipe above based on your feedback. Thank you so much for letting me know. Hopefully that helps. It may be because I am in a more humid area that my cookies stay more moist?!? Thanks for stopping by and giving me some feedback! I really appreciate it! :)

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  7. Hi there! I was wondering if you've ever tried your pudding cookies with applesauce instead of butter? My family and I tend to be a little bit on the chunky side �� so I'm always looking for yummy recipes that I can adapt with healthier alternatives!

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    1. Hi Shelly! I have not tried my pudding cookies with applesauce instead of butter. Usually I see applesauce as a substitute for the sugar. You could try that. You could also try substituting the butter for a vegetable shortening. I would rec the shortening because it would create a nice fluffy cookie BUT I have tried cookies that used applesauce instead of sugar and it was not yummy at all :(

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    2. yes apple sauce instead of butter , I use it all the time Good!



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    3. Chika, I just baked these and mine spread out. I made them because I was looking for the compact puffy cookie like in your pictures. So disappointed! I saw you recommended shortening on these replies should I have used shortening? Thanx

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  8. Glad to get this recipe to use up my extra boxes from last fall. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Hi Diane :) Hahaha that is awesome! It is great to have stocked up on those! Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

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  9. Would you mind if I shared this recipe on my own blog? I would give you credit for it, of course.

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    1. Hi Shaye! I am so so sorry it took me so long to reply! Feel free to email me as well if I don't respond. Grad school has this great way of making me MIA. Of course! Feel free to share (with a credit) :)

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  10. My cookies ended up being very mushy...and i left them in for 20 min and they still needed more time :(

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    1. Oh no :( I am so sorry to hear anonymous. Was your dough mushy? If so I would always rec. adding more flour with a tiny bit more baking soda too. Cookies should be baked by at least 12 minutes...usually around 10. I am so sorry :( Let me know if I can help figure out what happened.

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  11. I went to 3 different grocery chains (Kroger, Nieman's which is a Spartan store & Meijer) including Walmart looking for this & nobody sells it. Super bummed :(

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    1. Walmart is the only one who carries it and only this time a year. I went looking for it and they didn't have it and a week later they did in the center display for fall time baking supplies. It wasn't with the other Jello pudding. Hope this helps.

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    2. Aww I am so sorry to hear :( I live in a pretty small town and the only place that carries it here is walmart for me too.

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  12. I've made several variations of this cookie, but the most popular by far is replacing the pumpkin spice pudding for regular chocolate pudding and replacing the chocolate chunks for Andes peppermint pieces. Try them! I hear they are divine, I wouldn't know because I love to bake but don't like baked goods :)

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    1. Hi Cherisa! Yes! I have made a TON of other pudding cookie recipes! They are my favorite. You can find them by searching "pudding" or you can also see this post: http://fortheloveofdessert.blogspot.com/2013/12/pudding-cookie-exchange-ideas.html

      Please share with me other delicious pudding cookie ideas because I am obsessed!

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  13. I know Marsh Super market carries the pumpkin spice pudding made by Jello ;) Hope that helps.

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    1. Hi Anonymous! Thanks for the info!

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  14. Wegmans also carries the pumpkin pudding

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    1. Hi Tori! Thank you also for the info!

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  15. How many regular sized cookies does this recipe yield? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Kristen! If I am recalling correctly I believe this cookies makes about 40 cookies give or take about 5 depending on the size you scoop. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I have never posted a question before and so I may have already posted but can't find it. I am not a creative cook. I usually have to follow recipes exactly to get a good outcome. I can not find the pumpkin spice pudding. I did however find white chocolate. What are your thoughts on using the white chocolate with pumpkin spice added? Any suggestion on how much spice? Thanks

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    1. Hi Nena! You could use the recipe and substitute with vanilla pudding and try adding pumpkin spice. However I'm not quite sure it'll taste exactly the same. Pumpkin spice has quite a strong taste so I would definitely add just a teaspoon or two ...I would also think to add a little cinnamon. Let me know how it turns out and thanks for stopping by :)

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  17. These are the best cookies I have ever eaten . I think the secret is to put the dough in the fridge until it gets stiff and then roll into balls .. I have made them with butterscotch chips and butterscotch pudding .. going to try lemon pudding and white chips next .. I love these cookies

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    1. Hi Anonymous! YAY! I love pudding cookies too!

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  18. Would pistachio pudding work with this recipe? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hello Anonymous! You can definitely use this recipe as a base recipe to make a different type of pudding cookie. If you switch out to pistachio pudding (make sure it's instant pudding) -- I would suggest using white chocolate chips. Hope that helps!

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  19. Hello, I would like to make these but I want to make sure I'm reading the butter amount correctly - is it a total of 3/4 cup? Thanks

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  20. I made these last night and they were the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES I have ever made! I didn't even taste the pumpkin which was fine. The cookies was soft, chewy and delicious. I did add a few extra chips into the mix. My question is, can substitute another pudding during the year when pumpkin isn't available?

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  21. Isn't it crazy that this post is still active after YEARS!?!? lol I'm going to try making these! I may need to stock up on the pudding so I can make them for a couple of events!

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  22. I wonder if I could sub in maple syrup for the honey, or omit it all together? I don't have any on hand...

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  23. I'm making these today and I was wondering about the butter. Is it butter or margarine? Does it make a difference? If it is butter, then is it salted or unsalted?

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    1. Don't bother with this recipe. I make pudding cookies all the time. These were the worst ever

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  24. Pudding cookies are my absolute favorite! I have tried ALOT of recipes over the years. In fact, I bake them all of the time. I made these this morning, following the recipe to a T. They were a flop. Never have I had a batch of Pudding cookies go so flat. They had to go in the garbage. What a waste of time and ingredients!

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  25. These were delicious but not enough pumpkin spice flavor for me.

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  26. These were good. I modified the recipe by omitting the honey, reducing the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and baked them at 300°F for 20 minutes. The outside had a slight crunch with a soft center.

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