Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Rich, chocolate cookies with a fun candy crunch is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend.  These Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies will satisfy all those chocolate longings in a hurry.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

 It has been a while since I have made pudding cookies.

Last summer and the year before that I couldn’t make enough different flavors, and then I just stopped.  I’m not sure why,  but boy am I glad I found my way back to them.  They are so soft and delicious!  Really you can use any flavor of pudding, but this past weekend I was in a chocolate kind of a mood.  I was remembering these Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies, and decided to create another flavor based on those.  

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies in a Lifestyle die cut pizza box

We had our church life group coming over Sunday night, and I needed a snack that could be made easily.  I dug through my cupboards and found a chocolate pudding mix and a bag of Nestle Buncha Crunch.

Have you had the Buncha Crunch before?  It is like eating Crunch Bars in little bitty pieces.  It is so good…and so easy to finish off a bag before you know it.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

These cookies are easy to bake two different ways.  You can roll them into 36 balls and bake on a cookie sheet.  One thing I love about this dough is that I didn’t need to refrigerate the dough.  They baked just fine without spreading very much on a regular baking sheet.  Tapping the tops of the cookies after they are done helps make them a little more uniform.

I also baked some of the dough in a whoopie pie pan.  It creates thick deep dish cookies that are all the same shape without having to do any tapping.  Baking them this way isn’t quite as pretty as a round ball.  But that’s nothing a little bit of white chocolate drizzle can’t hide.   (You can find a whoopie pie pan on Amazon or buy one at Michaels or Hobby Lobby with one of their weekly coupons.)

The whoopie pie pan is also great for making muffin tops.  That is if you need another reason to justify buying another pan :-)

Fun food packaging using Lifestyle die cuts

How many of you enjoy being crafty?

It is one of my many hobbies…or I should say used to be.  I definitely don’t craft as much as I used to.  But each month I get to try new products from We R Memory Keepers and Life Style Crafts.   This month I used the mini Pizza Box die cut.  Holy cuteness!!!  I just about died when I put together the first one.  It is seriously my favorite die cut so far.  And perfect for holding one deep dish cookie!  Think of all the possibilities for baby showers and parties!

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

It needed a little bit of decoration on top, so I pulled the label die cuts from the Disc Envelope die cut package.  That’s another one that is super cute for packaging individual cookies.

If you are wanting to try your hand at some die cuts, feel free to use the code BRUCREW on their website for 20%.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies in a paper pizza box

My favorite way to eat these cookies is fresh out of the oven.  Now yes, you do need to wait a few minutes before digging in.  We don’t want scorched taste buds after all.  But if you eat these while they are still slightly warm they are incredible.  You can also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds the next day, and that will give you the same ooey gooey chocolate cookie.

I’m thinking the weekend deserves more cookies like this.  What do you think?  I’m open for more pudding and candy options.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

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Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Chocolate pudding mix and cocoa powder give these soft cookies a rich chocolate taste. Chocolate chips and Nestle Buncha Crunch add a fun twist.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 oz)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey's dark cocoa powder)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups Bunch a Crunch candy pieces (9 oz. bag)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the dry pudding mix, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Add slowly to the creamed mixture until a dough forms. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and candy crunch pieces by hand. The dough will be very stiff.
  2. Press 2 Tablespoons dough into a whoopie pie or muffin top pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove the pan and let the cookies sit for 2-3 minutes before gently removing them to a wire rack to cool all the way. The cookies will be soft, but they will set up as they cool.
  3. Place the white chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat. Stir until melted and creamy. Spoon into a plastic bag and cut one tip off. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies. Let set. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 cookies.

Notes

*You can also roll the cookie dough into 36 dough balls if you do not have a whoopie pie pan. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 7-8 minutes. Tap the tops of the cookies with the back of a spatula when they come out of the oven.

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Other fun pudding cookies that we can’t resist:

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Coconut S'mores Pudding Sandwiches

Coconut S’mores Pudding Cookies

*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts.   I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog.  No other compensation is given.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    Gah! Buncha crunch is so dangerous. I haven’t been able to buy it in forever because I can’t even drive home without emptying the whole bag.
    Ok, new plan. Put it in the trunk, in the spare tire compartment. Then keep it there until I’m ready to mix it into the cookies. The in-laws are coming next month and I know this is some papa-in-law would LOVE. And who doesn’t need extra points with their in laws? Thanks!
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  2. says

    Buncha crunch sounds pretty dangerous! Well, so do these cookies, so I guess it is the lesser of two evils, ahem, I mean beauties :) In all seriousness, these cookies look so good! I love how thick and easy to hold they are and then the drizzle on top is perfect. And the boxes are adorable! So fun!
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  3. says

    “Crunch” and “pudding” don’t seem like they’d go together, but I am intrigued. These look delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog, because now I found yours. Maybe all these sweet treats will help me stay sane as well :)

  4. sue buresh says

    In the chocolate crunch pudding cookies you call for an ingredient called Bunch A Crunch candy pieces. What are these? Are they something like Heath toffee bits?

  5. Raquel says

    I made these for my kids and husband. I didn’t have anything crunchy to add so I added a extra large 1/2 cup scoop of flour instead. I then made them much smaller and only rolled them about the size of a teaspoon. My husband ate almost the entire first batch by himself and my daughter wouldn’t stop eating the cookie dough out of the bowl. These will definitely be a regular item in our cookie list, especially since my middle son said they had to be made on the first weekend of every month.

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear how much your family liked them and that the extra flour worked. It made me a little nervous when I first read that you added flour…usually with candy additions you can just leave them out or substitute another kind of candy. But yay for them working and everyone devouring them :-)

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