Pistachio Pudding Cookies

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Pistachio Pudding Cookies

Pistachio Pudding Cookies


I did it!  I finally made pudding cookies!!!  Pistachio pudding cookies to be precise!  Pistachio’s are one of my absolute favorite nuts!  I’ve been wanting to make a pistachio cookie for a long time.  It was only after I bought the ingredients for these cookies that I realized how appropriate they would be for St. Patrick’s Day!  I have to admit, St. Patty’s Day isn’t a holiday I really get into, but perhaps this year, I’ll forget that both my parents are Greek and I’ll consider myself Irish!

As I was mixing up the batter for these very green pistachio pudding cookies, I was thinking how there was once a time when I whole heartedly believed that pots of gold really could be found at the end of a rainbow.   And where there’s a pot of gold, there’s a little man dressed in green guarding it!  My mind would sort of touch upon the plausibility of it all, but I really wanted to believe.  After all, I believed that a rotund man slithered down chimneys all over the world in one single night delivering presents.  I believed that a giant bunny planted colored eggs in my yard and left me chocolate.  And I totally believed that little fairies loved my teeth!  Why wouldn’t I believe in little leprechauns and giant cauldrons of gold????

I grew older, wiser, and a bit jaded.  I don’t really believe in pots o’ gold anymore (unless I can count the lottery, which is equally unobtainable).  I sort of wish I could go back to those days of blind faith.  Back to where I didn’t have to think about the logic or reasoning behind it all.  I just believed.

I’ll tell you what I do believe.  I DO believe that pudding makes the best darn cookies EVER!   These pudding cookies are soft and moist.  The pudding not only helps out the texture, but the flavor too!   While I added chopped pistachios to the cookie batter, most of the pistachio flavor comes from the pudding.  I love how the pudding turned these little cookies into a lovely, soft shade of green!  Just like a pistachio!   I drizzled white chocolate over the whole batch because 1. I love white chocolate and 2. I thought the white would be a nice contrast to the green.  Tasty and pretty!

There was a time I refused to give jello or pudding a second thought.  Those days are over!!!!  I’m a convert!

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Pistachio Pudding Cookies

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Pistachio Pudding Cookies
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 packages pistachio flavored pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together. Mix in oil, water, egg, pudding, vanilla, salt and baking powder, stirring until smooth. Add in flour and chopped nuts.
  3. Using a teaspoon, scoop dough and roll into 1 inch sized balls. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and move to cooling racks.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over cooled cookies. Let set before storing.
  6. Makes about 30 cookies

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recipe adapted from. King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

26 Responses

  1. I am so glad you gave pudding a chance! It is totally my favorite thing to use right now :-) Love the green cookies with the white chocolate drizzle!!!

    • Yes I finally came to realize the amazing powers of pudding! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I have yet to make pudding cookies. I was going to make them last weekend when I bought a box of lemon pudding but as I was looking at Pinterest I realized Dorothy, from Crazy for Crust, has already made them. So, now I have to come up with a new flavor to try! There’s only so many pudding varieties though and you just used up a great flavor! I like the white chocolate on them too! :)

    • Don’t you hate it when that happens?!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Thanks Loretta, I was happy with the green color!

  3. I’m not at all familiar with pudding cookies but these sure do look good. Just seeing them, I’d have expected them to be lime or mint flavored. What a pleasant surprise it would be to bite into one and discover it was pistachio.
    By the way, good to learn there’s a pistachio pudding. I better buy a few boxes. A couple aren’t going to make it to the cookie batter.

    • I’m not a big pudding eater. I think the only way I can eat pudding is in cookies!

  4. These certainly look GREAT
    I’ve baked with pudding before and liked it, but unfortunately I can’t make this recipe as we don’t have here pistachio flavored pudding mix ….:(

    • I can’t wait to try other pudding flavors!

  5. I have yet to make pudding cookies! But pistachio is my favorite flavor of pudding. :) These look FABULOUS! I love the white chocolate drizzle. :)

    • I LOVE pistachios! I was so pleased with these! Thanks Sally.

  6. I think these look delicious!

  7. Those are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for sharing with us at Whimsy Wednesday!

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  9. […] have pistachios.  I simply adore pistachios.  They take baked goods to a whole new level.  These pudding cookies would be rather boring if they weren’t full of crunchy pistachios!  The flavor of pistachios […]


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