Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies

HAPPY NATIONAL COOKIE DAY! How many of you knew today was National Cookie Day? To be perfectly honest, I had no clue until a few days ago. And I'm betting once most of you read this post it will no longer be National Cookie Day. Kind of a bummer. However, because I'm posting this a little late (I do apologize...my life has been nuts lately), I figure we can continue the celebration into tomorrow/today/December 5th. It's kind of like getting a belated birthday card or late Christmas present-it makes you feel entitled to celebrate longer than usual. Let's use my belated posting as an excuse to celebrate National Cookie Day a wee bit longer!


And what perfect timing. With my Christmas cookie baking taking off in the past week, I have lots of great cookie recipes coming your way. Tonight I'm sharing with you one of my favorites that I've baked recently. These Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies are aaamazing. For all of the mint and chocolate fanatics, you will love these. The classic soft, chewy pudding cookie with a delectable, minty twist. If these cookies don't scream Christmas with their chocolate mint flavors and pretty green and red candies, then I don't know what will.


If you are not the biggest mint chocolate fan, that's quite alright. I've put together other cookie recipes that you can make instead. After all, if we are going to celebrate National Cookie Day we need to do it right! So, here are more cookie recipes to kick of this great day. {Just click on the picture to see the cookie recipe.}



Now go grab a bowl and some ingredients and celebrate a belated National Cookie Day with me!


Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies
(3 dozen)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening*
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 3.4-ounce instant chocolate pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup Nestle Tollhouse Winter Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels
3/4 cup Mint Chocolate M&Ms

To make cookie dough, add butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl. Cream ingredients together. Add pudding mix to cream ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda to creamed ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms into cookie dough. Refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until beginning to set. Be careful not to over bake. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

*If you want cookies that spread more and are not as thick, use 3/4 cup butter (and no shortening) and only 2 cups (instead of 2 1/2 cups) of all-purpose flour.

Print this recipe!

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 129.2
Total Fat: 6.1 g
Cholesterol: 17.6 mg
Sodium: 29.4 mg
Total Carbs: 19.3 g
Fiber: 0.5 g
Sugars: 11.7 g
Protein: 1.6 g

Pros:
-Great Christmas cookie
-Easy to make
-Easy clean-up
-Soft, chewy, and delicious for days
-Crowd pleaser
-Versatile-add different chocolate chips and minty mix-ins

Cons:
-Caloric

Check out some of the link parties that I shared this recipe on!
Elaine

28 comments:

  1. Whoever came up with National Cookie Day wasn't thinking right anyways... it obviously should have been National Cookie WEEK! These look awesome, love the idea of using chocolate pudding mix.

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    1. I agree! Who thought only dedicating one day was enough?! Clearly they had never tried one of the s'mores pudding cookies we made this past summer. Miss you oodles! Always think of you when I made pudding cookies. :)

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  2. happy national cookie days indeed my dear friend Elaine! You know... i've never made pudding cookies before!!! I'm glad you posted these b/c you are reminding me that i need to try it sometime. they look irresistable and I adore mint + chocolate together! PS: mint M&Ms!! I love those. I have a huge candy jar full of them on my desk. :)

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    1. Sally-queen of baking-has never made a pudding cookie? What are you waiting for?! They are so easy to make and are so delicious and chewy. I still need to try your cornstarch idea, but these pudding cookies probably yield similar results. And the best part is that you can make many different flavors by adding various pudding mixes and mix-ins. Clearly I love my pudding cookies. :)

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  3. pudding. chocolate. cookies. Doesn't get any better!

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    1. It is a downright delicious combination!

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  4. Oh my goodness I cannot believe I missed such a glorious day!!!

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    1. It's ok...I plan on celebrating all week. Join me?! :)

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  5. Loving the snowman guarding the cookies--just so long as he doesn't eat mine!

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    1. Haha don't worry, I'll make sure you get plenty of cookies. And isn't he cute?! I named him Fred the Snowman. :) And you should see our house...we got a tree this year! All decked out and ready for the holidays.

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  6. These look yummy!! Can't wait to meet you on Saturday.

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  7. I didnt know it was Natl Cookie Day til mid-day and randomly posted cookies that day. Yours look awesome and mint + choc is a winning combo!

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    1. How can we all miss such a huge day?! Hopefully we can spread the word and make sure more people know about it next year. :)

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  8. Oh, pudding cookies--how I love thee! This mint version looks so delish, Elaine!

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    1. Aren't they the best? I love how versatile they are...so many combinations I want to try! These mint chocolate cookies are definitely one of my favorites.

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  9. I have been lovin' pudding cookies...it is like they don't ever turn out bad! love the mint twist in these...pinning so I remember to make!

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    1. Pudding cookies are one of my favorites! I love how chewy and soft they stay, even days after you bake them (if they last that long!).

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  10. This is exactly the type of cookie that I’ve been searching for! Thank you for sharing and thank you to Pinterest for leading me to you!

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    1. I'm so glad you found this recipe/my blog, Nilanjana! You are going to love these cookies, I'm sure of it. :)

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  11. Elaine, is there a better combination that chocolate and mint? I don't think so! AND you can NEVER have enough cookies, especially this time of year! Thanks for bringing them to out Wicked Good Wednesdays Link Party! Hope to see what you've been up to again next week!

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    1. We are on the same page, Lynne! I love mint and chocolate together. And this time of year is great for indulging in everything mint chocolate!

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  12. Love pudding cookies! Especially chocolate and mint cookies!!

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    1. Thanks Cristina! :) These are some of my favorite pudding cookies I've made yet!

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  13. I love how pudding in cookies makes them so soft and fluffy!

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    1. Yes! Pudding mix is the magic ingredient!

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  14. Wow!! Sounds delish, Elaine!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

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    1. Hi Nichi! Thanks for hosting Mandatory Mooch. Love checking out all of the recipes that other bloggers submit. :)

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