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.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Are you a party planner?  Do you wait to the last minute to get all your supplies?  If you answered yes, to either of these questions, then Walgreens is the place for you.  You can find all your last minute party planning snacks and treats in a hurry.

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This weekend  the last games in the big college basketball tournament will be happening.  Will you be watching them?  Who are you rooting for?  I have to be honest, my bracket is still blank.

I’m not as into watching sports as the boys in my house.  They can sit and watch all the games every weekend.  But what I am into, is planning a fun party for friends to come over and enjoy treats and the big game with us.

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

I had the opportunity this week to visit Walgreens and to buy some snacks for a last minute party.  You can check out my shopping story on Google+.  Walgreens is a convenient place to shop for snacks and party decor when you only have a few minutes to spare.

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Our Walgreens was stocked with lots of Coke Zero and Reese’s products for game day.   Buying lots of Reese’s to snack on scores big points with me any day of the year.   While I was shopping, I picked up some 12 packs of Coke Zero to share with our guests.  Having drinks in cans means I can get away with not buying cups, and we can recycle those cans.

Of course I bought every kind of Reese’s product that Walgreens offered.  You don’t have to tell me twice to buy Reese’s.  They are my all time favorite candy.  I love baking different sweets like these Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecakes, and Marshmallow Reese’s blonde brownies with lots of Reese’s in each bite.

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When you have a lot of people over for a big game, you want your party food to be finger foods that can be easily eaten.  Cookies are always a good party choice.   I had a box of Hershey’s chocolate pudding in my cupboard, and I thought that would make the perfect pudding cookies with a few boxes of Reese’s pieces added in.

The answer is yes, I did eat some of the cookie dough before it was all baked :-)  It was delicious and who could resist all that candy?

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I wanted my game table to be festive but easy.  This corner of our living room was the perfect size for our 6 foot folding table.  I covered the table with a white plastic tablecloth that I found at Walgreens.  The party streamers were actually ones I had leftover from previous birthdays.  I love that I had the colors to match the serving bowls and trays that I bought from Walgreens.

I wanted some disposable plates on our table, so I wouldn’t be doing dishes after everyone left.  Walgreens had some different colored plates on one of their shelves.  I grabbed a few packs of the orange ones because they reminded me of basketballs.  I even used a sharpie to draw lines on a few of those orange plates making them look like basketballs that I could hang on the front of the food table.

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Now it was time to get everyone together to enjoy all the treats and a game.  We have lots of friends who just love when we send them a quick message saying we want to spend time with you, and we have treats to share too.  I think the treats are what sold them this time.  All I had to do was mention Reese’s recipes and they came running.  I am thankful for great friends that we can spend a fun evening with chatting and eating snacks.
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Walgreens is definitely the place to shop if you want to get together with friends for a last minute basketball game.  You can find everything you need to enjoy a night of #snackmadness .  You don’t have to tell me twice to start planning the next party.  And if that party include more Coke and Reese’s, I think it will be another win for the BruCrew Team!

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

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Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with instant chocolate pudding and Reese's pieces are the way to go if you are looking for a chocolate fix.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box instant Hershey's chocolate pudding mix (3.5 oz)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Reese's Pieces
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the pudding mix, flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture beating on low until everything is combined. Stir in the Reese's and chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest on baking sheet for about 2 minutes. Tap the tops of the cookies with the back of a spatula. Transfer cookies to a wire rack or wax paper. Let cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 4-5 days. Makes about 48 cookies.
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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Looking for another  pudding cookie recipe?  These Butterscotch Pudding Cookies will satisfy any sweet and salty cravings you might have today!

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com -butterscotch pudding and pretzel pieces give these cookies a fun sweet and salty twist

Today I am sitting in the airport after attending the Build Your Blog conference in Salt Lake City. My brain is swirling with all the things I learned and the lack of sleep.  But what a fun (and quick) weekend!

I got to meet so many bloggers that I have been “stalking” over the years, and they are just as sweet in person as they are on their blogs.  I also got to meet so many people that read my blog….you girls totally filled my bucket this weekend!  I heart all of you for making me feel like a rock star!  I can’t wait to meet back up with all of you in June at BlogHer.

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com -butterscotch pudding and pretzel pieces give these cookies a fun sweet and salty twist

Maybe some cookies when I get home will help me think through everything I learned this weekend.  Lately every time I make cookies I get the urge to throw pudding into the batter.   These Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies started this crazy attraction to pudding cookies. Last fall I made these Butterscotch Pudding Cookies and shared them on I Heart Naptime…can you believe  that I never shared them here???

I have 3 hours of layover time today, so I thought I would share this pudding cookie recipe for your kitchen.  If you are a sweet and salty fan, these cookies are for you.  Soft, chewy butterscotch pudding cookies filled with butterscotch and chocolate chips and crunchy bits of salty pretzels.  Are you tracking with me here?

The pudding mix in the batter keeps the cookies soft, even days later.  (Although let’s be honest…cookies never last long in a house with 3 kids.)  When I bought the butterscotch pudding, I knew I wanted something else to pair with it since butterscotch can be overly sweet.  I grabbed a bag of pretzels thinking that the salt from those would balance out the sweetness.  It was the perfect mix of sweet and salty in every bite.

Maybe it’s a good thing my kids are cookie monsters…less pudding cookies for me to chow down on.

 

Here are a few other pudding cookies that we like to munch on:

Coconut S’mores Pudding Sandwiches

Peppermint Mocha Pudding Cookies

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Butterscotch pudding and pretzels give these cookies a fun twist.

Ingredients

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. quick oats
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (3.4 oz.) box instant butterscotch pudding
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. coarsely crushed pretzels

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and pudding mix. Slowly mix into the butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the chips and pretzels by hand.
  3. Drop by small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in a sealed container.
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M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

 Peanut Butter Pudding cookies can make a fun Valentine treat when filled with red and pink M&M candies and chocolate chips.  They are also good any time of year by switching out the M&M candy colors.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - soft peanut butter cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M candies

These cookies will be gone before you know it.

I made these M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies a few weeks ago.  I thought they would last the entire week for the kids to pack in their school lunches.  I should have known better!   We did the same thing when I made these Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies and these Caramel Corn Pretzel Cookies.  The kids kept trying to eat these for breakfast.  It is full of peanut butter so I guess it is great protein.

For these particular peanut butter pudding cookies, I decided to combine both of those old recipes into one delicious cookie.  If you can keep your family from devouring them right away, they would make a great Valentine treat. They are so easy to make, so grab your mixer and a baking sheet and let’s get baking.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - soft peanut butter cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M candies

 You will start by creaming your butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  I use my Kitchen Aid for every recipe…I love having my hands free to measure (and instagram).  Then start adding the ingredients little by little.  This recipe really is a one bowl kind of recipe.  Do you like it when you only have one bowl to wash?  Yeah, most days I do too!

After your dough is mixed up, you will need to chill the dough.  Now quite honestly, you could bake the cookies right away, but they will not be quite as thick and puffy.  Give the dough at least 30 minutes of chilling time and then start rolling the M&M Peanut Butter Pudding cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch balls.  The dough will be slightly sticky, but it should roll easily.  If not, refrigerate it longer.   Keep your dough in the refrigerator while each batch is baking.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - soft peanut butter cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M candies

I like to bake my cookies on a Silpat.  It will keep your cookies from spreading out even more.   Look at that freshly baked peanut butter pudding cookie.  Yes, I know that it looks underdone, but DO NOT bake any longer than 9-10 minutes.  I promise you they continue to bake and set up after you pull them out of the oven.    I always let my cookies rest about 2 minutes on the tray before moving them to some parchment paper on the counter.  For the cookies that are really fat and tall in the center, I gently pressed the centers down with the back of the spatula or a spoon. Not too hard…just enough to flatten it out  just slightly.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - soft peanut butter cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M candies

Store your peanut butter pudding cookies in a tightly sealed container once they are cool.  I had one of these 2 days after I made them, and they were just as good as the day I made them.  Obviously the kids thought so too. By the end of the  3rd day, all our M&M Peanut Butter Pudding cookies had disappeared!  I would call that a recipe success.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - soft peanut butter cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M candies

 I guess I need to find two more of my favorite cookies and try to combine them into another great cookie recipe.

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M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Peanut Butter Pudding cookies with peanut butter M&M candies and chocolate chips....great for Valentine's Day treats.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 small box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup Peanut Butter M&M candies
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs and beat again. Sift together the pudding mix, salt, baking soda, and flour. Slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M's by hand.
  2. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 balls. Bake at 350* for 9-10 minutes. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes before removing to parchment on the counter. Cool completely. Store in a sealed container for 4-5 days. Makes 48 cookies, depending on the size of your dough balls.
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More Peanut Butter recipes you may enjoy:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Threat Cheesecakes

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes

 

 

 

Gingerbread Pudding Cookies

A few weeks ago I participated in a Cookie Week with Nikki from Chef in Training.  These gingerbread cookies are what I brought to share on her blog.  I had to share them with you here too.  They were absolutely delicious and disappeared so fast from my cookie jar.  You can see my original post here.

This time of year I like to bake lots and lots of cookies.  Well, really I like to bake cookies anytime of the year.  But at least during the holidays, people don’t look at you funny when you bake 12 different kinds in one month:-) [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Today I decided to get my baking groove on with some Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies
but if you asked me what I would be baking each week,
I would probably give you a blank stare.
I could give you a list of a few ingredients that I could play around with.
(ok that just made me giggle…because my baking cupboard is full…I have more than a few.)
But I never know for sure what I am going to make
until I get the Kitchen Aid out.
Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - pudding cookies with peanut butter and your choice of mix ins

Some bloggers have a detailed plan of recipes and posts that they want to accomplish.  Some of these bloggers even do themes.  Then there are other bloggers who actually bake and write posts way ahead of time.