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Chocolate Reese’s Pieces Pudding Cookies

The secret ingredient in these thick, chewy chocolate cookies is instant pudding mix.

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Welcome to the unofficial start of Cookie Week here at The Messy Baker. Why unofficial? Well, I didn’t actually organize cookie week on purpose. It just sort of happened. Since all of my scheduled recipes happen to be cookie recipes, I decided to label this week Cookie Week.

It happens to fit perfectly into the theme of the holidays, so I’m going with it.

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I know I’ve been throwing a lot of dessert your way, but, in my defense, it is almost Christmas (only 9 days). And, let’s face it, the holidays were made for indulging.

We’ll worry about detoxing, juicing, and eating lettuce 3x a day after New Year’s Day, capeesh?

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For now, we feast…on cookies!

I recently participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. The purpose of the swap is to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ with Cancer, an organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer. Not only did we support a great cause, but we got to eat cookies doing it. I baked up a batch of cookies and sent them to three other bloggers from across the web. In return, I received three different scrumptious cookie packages.

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Every single package of cookies I received was absolutely delicious. What I wanted to do was hoard all the cookies to myself, but, keeping with the spirit of Christmas, I decided to share.

In return, I sent my cookie recipients a dozen of these Chocolate Reese’s Pieces Pudding Cookies. These are by far, Squirrel and my dad’s favorite cookie recipe this year.

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Just the other day, my dad asked me if I had anymore brown cookies with the peanut butter pieces. Brown cookies, not chocolate cookies, but brown cookies. He doesn’t know what he’s eating, just that he likes it. So, needless to say, I’ll be making more of the brown cookies with peanut butter pieces for Christmas.

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To make these cookies extra soft and chewy, I added a box of instant chocolate pudding mix. It creates a super chocolatey cookie that stays soft even after it cools. And, they’re loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and, my favorite, mini Reese’s Pieces.

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This recipe comes together easily right in the bowl of your stand mixer (or using a hand mixer). I recommend chilling the dough for at least 4 hours for extra-thick, extra-chewy cookies. If you like your cookies on the crunchy side, feel free to mix and bake them right away.

Chocolate Reese's Pieces Pudding Cookies

Super thick, soft and chewy chocolate pudding cookies loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and mini Reese’s Pieces.

Yield: 24-28 cookies

Total Time: 18 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini Reese’s Pieces

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  3. Add flour, pudding mix, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cornstarch, and espresso powder to the bowl. Turn the mixer on low and beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in the chips and mini Reese’s Pieces.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Scoop 1-tablespoon size dough balls onto your prepared baking sheet. Gently press down the dough balls. Bake for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will appear under cooked. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will firm up as they cool.
  8. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

***If you don’t mind a crunchier cookie, feel free to bake your cookies right after you mix the batter.

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18 Responses to “Chocolate Reese’s Pieces Pudding Cookies”

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    DongSangMobile — December 15, 2014 at 4:44 am

    very good – i want eat

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    SO, let’s talk about the fact that I wasn’t your match but I will still take a package of these…please ;)
    Also, you should know that I creepily just winked at my screen.
    ANYWAY. These look so good girl! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied December 15th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Total bummer, Taylor! I didn’t know any of my matches this year, but I did get some good cookies. I’m sure these cookies appreciated your creepy wink. Thanks, girl!

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    Julia — December 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Cookie weeeek!! Sounds like a week I can stand behind. Thanks for starting my Monday with chocolate and peanut butter…it’s like you’re in my soul :D

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    • Jennie replied December 15th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      You and me both. I’m knee deep in cookies and still have two batches in the fridge waiting to be baked. Send help!

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    [email protected] — December 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! I mean…..can I have one of these please. These look delicious! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied December 15th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Well, since you asked nicely, Tori, of course you can. Come on over, girl!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hhahaha, gotta love dads. Brown cookies. Love it. I looooove pudding cookies. My mom is well known for them. Nothing better than the combo of chocolate and peanut butter.

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    • Jennie replied December 15th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      My dad is a character. The other day I ate one of his donuts and you would have thought the world ended. He had five more. So stingy. I’ll let you borrow him for a bit :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    bahahaaaa your family always cracks me up :P I love how soft and chocoltey/peanut buttery these cookies look! I’d prob. not be able to stop eating them!

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    • Jennie replied December 15th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      They’re funny all right. Who says things like brown cookies? Only my family. Thanks, girl.

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    [email protected] & Trinkets — December 16, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Your dad would get along with my dad, I think. He’s never asked for the brown cookies, but he has asked for the “little cupcakes.” No other distinguishing features or flavors, just little.

    But I’ll totally take a couple dozen of these brown cookies. I have never seen mini Reese’s Pieces and I need them

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    Julie — December 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Jennie, these were so good. I had no idea there was pudding in them!

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    • Jennie replied December 16th, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Hi Julie,

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked the cookies! The pudding just adds a boost of chocolate to the cookies and helps them bake up soft and chewy. Happy holidays!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — December 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Your dad is too cute with the “brown cookies” description! That milk container is ultra cute too! I haven’t baked cookies with instant pudding despite the accolades it gets from so many bloggers. What’s wrong with me?! Get on the bandwagon, fergawdssake. Chocolate ‘n PB were meant to be together so obviously, these cookies are fabulous.

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    Choc Chip Uru — December 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    It is like a pudding I can carry in my pocket, what a delicious idea :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — December 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Haha, loved that your dad called them brown cookies! These look amazing Jennie! I would have loved to be your match, your recipients are so so lucky!

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — December 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Yay, cookie week! Can I just say, had I participated in the cookie swap this year, I would have been SO THRILLED to receive these brown cookies with peanut butter pieces. Brown cookies are the best cookies. ;)

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