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Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies

These Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies are a real treat for Snickerdoodle lovers. Are you one of them?

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I’ll be biting my fake fingernails all day today. My 12 year old is starting 7th grade. And if that isn’t bad enough, he’s starting at a brand-new school in a brand-new city. I’d be scared to death myself, but the kiddo seems okay with it. He hasn’t thrown us under the bus for moving him away from all of his friends back in San Diego (yet) and he’s not complaining about riding the bus and having to figure out how to make friends. He has really been great about it all. I’m probably waaaaaayyyy more nervous than he is. So for this monumental occasion, I made some homemade cookies for him to take in his lunch. Snickerdoodles are one of our favorites, so that’s what I made- a semi-soft and delicious sort of snickerdoodle with vanilla pudding incorporated into it.

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I had been seeing recipes for “pudding cookies” all over the internet, but my friend Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod seems to make them quite often, so I based this recipe off of her Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Maria is pretty much QUEEN OF COOKIES, so I figured she was the one who knew how to do these pudding cookies best. I was right. These cookies rock. All family members confirmed that.

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So while I sit at home today and wonder if my boy is making friends, finding his classes, enjoying his teachers and eating lunch by himself or with new friends… I’ll be munching on cookies and milk and running on the treadmill to take my nervousness away. And I can feel a little bit better knowing that I tucked homemade cookies in his lunch too. These cookies are a wonderful snickerdoodle knock-off- all of the flavors of a snickerdoodle cookie with a semi-soft, luxurious texture and added cinnamon chips too. Cinnamon chips can be found in the same place where you find regular chocolate chips (unless you have a lame grocery store… then you’ll need to talk to the management and try to persuade them to order them. For the record, they’re usually happy to accommodate you like that.)

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies

These cookies freeze nicely. Just store them well sealed and take them out of the freezer when you're ready to enjoy!


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
One 3.4-ounce package vanilla instant pudding (dry)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cinnamon chips
1/4 cup granulated white sugar + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (mixed)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a large bowl, se an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugars until creamy. Mix in the pudding, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

3. Scoop out spoonfuls of the cookie dough and roll into balls. Roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on the baking sheets 2-inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned and set in the middle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Source: (adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)

Other Snickerdoodle recipes you might enjoy:
Snickerdoodle Blondies
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodle Ice Cream
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

31 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies”

  1. postedAug 12, 2013 4:42 AM

    Mmm snickerdoodles are so good…but pudding cookies?! LOVE!

  2. postedAug 12, 2013 5:12 AM

    I still have never tried pudding cookies! Know, I need to get on the pudding cookie band wagon! These snickerdoodle ones are making me crazy! They look so good!

  3. postedAug 12, 2013 5:34 AM

    These. Look. FABULOUS!!!! So so good. I know how you feel…Jon David had to start a new school last year and I was a nervous wreck. It worked out perfectly!! Here’s hoping he has a wonderful first day of 7th grade 🙂

  4. postedAug 12, 2013 5:41 AM

    These cookies look so wonderful and unique and I absolutely LOVE the addition of pudding! Wow, your son starts school early! When I was in school, we generally started either the last couple days of August, or the beginning of September. I hope he has a good day, today!

  5. postedAug 12, 2013 5:53 AM

    Thinking of Brooks (and you!) today! I hope it all goes well, Lori!

  6. postedAug 12, 2013 6:08 AM

    I love the sound of these cookies! Snickerdoodle anything is usually amazing but with pudding and cookies? I’m ALL over it.

  7. postedAug 12, 2013 6:15 AM

    snickerdoodle anything and I’m all over it!

  8. postedAug 12, 2013 6:18 AM
    Debbie Caraballo

    These cookies look so delicious, and by reading the recipe, no wonder! Will definitely be tucking this away for my next special occasion. I’ve actually made the chocolate chip cookies with the vanilla pudding in them, and they were really good – thanks for sharing these!


  9. postedAug 12, 2013 6:28 AM

    Snickerdoodle cookies are one of my faves, even more than a chocolate chip! I gotta try these with the kids…

  10. postedAug 12, 2013 7:16 AM

    Cinn chips are tricky for me to find but I finally found a store that has them and stocked up. I have enough to last me for a few years 🙂 And need to make these cookies! I recently made snickerdoodle cinn chip cookies but not with pudding. And I have always wanted to try Maria’s pudding cookies too. Your cookies look great, Lori!

  11. postedAug 12, 2013 7:17 AM

    I have been wondering what was up with adding pudding to cookies. I so need to try it!

  12. postedAug 12, 2013 7:38 AM

    Yumm! I have yet to make the “pudding cookies” but I’m totally intrigued. Snickerdoodle is one of my favorites 🙂

  13. postedAug 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    These look wonderful Lori!

  14. postedAug 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    oh my gahhhh! These are out of control 🙂

  15. postedAug 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    Wow these look so great! I bet they are really moist!!! I’m sure your son was the envy of lunch with these awesome cookies his Mom made for him!!! xoxo

  16. postedAug 12, 2013 12:07 PM

    My Hubby loves snickerdoodles! I can’t wait for him to try these!
    My kiddos are too young so I can’t relate to First Day of School yet, but I am sure your son will do great!

  17. postedAug 12, 2013 1:58 PM

    Good luck to the new 7th grader! I’m sure he’ll do fine, and I’m double sure that he’ll appreciate coming home to plateful of these babies. I’ve never tried pudding cookies before, but it’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list. Love these!

  18. postedAug 12, 2013 2:26 PM

    Perfect for back to school lunches! Mine starts 3rd grade next week, I am getting a little nervous!

  19. postedAug 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    Aww I’m sure he will be fine!! But no matter what, at the end of the day, he’ll come home to these and so it will be an awesome day!

  20. postedAug 12, 2013 7:11 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    These look so tasty! Brooks is one lucky boy! And all the kids at his new school are going to have lunchbox envy or they’ll just be following him home for an after school snack!

  21. postedAug 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    These look fabulous!! I adore snickerdoodles!

  22. postedAug 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    This version of Snickerdoodles looks so ooey-gooey-chewy and delish, Lori! Meanwhile, I hope Recipe Boy has a smooth transition at his new school and has fun with new friends. Thanks for sharing!

  23. postedAug 14, 2013 5:34 AM

    I love love love snickerdoodles! Not sure they can be improved but this recipe sounds amazing.

  24. postedAug 14, 2013 11:52 AM

    Fabulous looking cookies. I’ve never tried pudding cookies before, but there’s always a time for firsts. I hope your son is doing well in his new school.

  25. postedAug 17, 2013 8:21 AM
    Donna Howard

    Hello Lori, well I made these today. With one minor goof!! I used red hot chips instead of the cinnamon chips!!! Ugh – what was I thinking. Oh yeah I wasn’t!! But actually other than being a bit crunchy with the red hots they are tasty. I can only imagine with the cinnamon chips (which, by the way, I did have, so who knows why I grabbed the cinnamon red hots!!). But they are for giveaway to the our missionaries so I’ll take them to church tomorrow and the missionaries will love them!! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!! I will make again only this time use the right chips!!!


  26. postedAug 19, 2013 8:54 AM

    Love this recipe, I made them on Friday and they disappeared! Still looking for cinnamon chips, but I haven’t looked very hard. Also this inspired me to go to your cookbook and make flank steak tacos with avocado chimichurri sauce, cranberry-almond granola and I’m planning to make upside down brown butter banana coffe cake for the first day of school moms mimosa party.thanks for inspiring me!

    • postedAug 22, 2013 8:25 AM

      Wow, so fun to hear that you’re enjoying it all!

  27. postedAug 23, 2013 5:33 PM

    Oh man, these cookies are beyond perfect!! I can’t wait to taste these they look divine

  28. postedAug 31, 2013 9:39 AM

    YUM! These look unbelievable!!!

  29. postedSep 4, 2013 9:49 AM

    Greg this is gorgeous! Love those beautiful figs, I still need to come scavenge your neighborhood for some of those beauties.

  30. postedFeb 11, 2014 9:00 PM

    WOW!! I have made these so many times and so many different ways! one of my favorite variations of this cookie is with toffee chips instead of the cinnamon chips!– love the cinnamon chips as well! it is all great. Thanks for sharing 😉

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