Whip Up a Batch of Soft and Chewy Double Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Karen Marie Shelton

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If you love good old-fashioned butterscotch, these irresistible cookies created from an instant Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix and instant pudding are super easy to whip up.

The sea salt sprinkled on the cookies either before or after baking balances the cookie's sweetness. It reminds me of salted caramel treats.

"I guess if I'm a product, either you're chocolate, you're vanilla or you're butterscotch. You can't be all three." — Bruno Mars

Even if you don't love butterscotch, these soft and chewy cookies are delightful.

Ingredients

Before you begin, assemble all of your ingredients, mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons. It's easier if you have everything ready to go before you start. It speeds your baking time.

  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) Jell-O™ butterscotch instant pudding & pie filling mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips (have extra if you like to munch)
  • Optionally you can substitute Heath Bar chips or other similar crush candy bar chunks.
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt

Optional Ingredients

After some experimenting with this super easy original recipe, I substituted Heath Bar chips. They took the recipe up to a new level of deliciousness.

Instead of sprinkling the sea salt on the cookies after they bake, I sprinkled them on the raw cookies before baking them. The salt stayed on the cookies much better. I added a tad more salt than the recipe specified.

If you love sea salt, you can still add a tad more after the cookies come out of the oven, as suggested in the original recipe. It does create a beautiful decorative finish.

"I'm tempted by everything. My husband makes fun of me because every day it's a new food that I love. I have a weakness for butterscotch pudding, ice cream in any flavor and dark chocolate, although that's one thing I do keep in my house - 70% dark chocolate." — Gail Simmons

Betty Crocker suggests that this recipe takes 15 minutes of prep time plus 1 hour and 10 minutes for the total project. The recipe makes approximately 30 cookies.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix (or any sugar cookie recipe from scratch).
  • In a large bowl, combine cookie mix, dry pudding, softened butter, water, and egg.
  • Use a large spoon (not a mixer) to stir and blend until soft dough forms.
  • Stir in butterscotch chips.
  • Once everything is mixed, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. (Use parchment paper to avoid cookies from sticking).
  • Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are set.
  • Immediately sprinkle each cookie with sea salt (optionally you can add salt before baking).
  • Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
  • Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container or put into a pretty tin and give as a gift.
  • Freeze extra cookies if desired.

Tips

  • For success in making this recipe, the pudding mix is added dry to the sugar cookie mix.
  • Make sure your butter is very soft before adding to the mix.
  • To prevent dough from sticking us parchment baking paper.
  • For even baking, make sure all of the cookies are the same shape and size.
  • If you wish, you can make up the cookie dough, form them into individual cookies and freeze them in individual freezer bags. Just pop one or two cookies out of the freezer when you want a quick dessert.
  • After the cookies are baked, you can put them in freezer bags to freeze.

Experiment With An Array Of Cookie Toppings

If you wish, add optional ingredients to top off the butterscotch cookies.

The toppings might include a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream. Or you may want to make ice cream sandwiches by adding a layer of ice cream between two of the butterscotch cookies.

You could also drizzle the cookies with butterscotch, caramel, or Nutella sauce.

The sky's the limit.

"Rodeo Drive is a giant butterscotch sundae." — Andy Warhol

Even if you thought you didn't like butterscotch, this might become your favorite go-to comfort cookie!

These irresistible cookies double down on butterscotch by combining butterscotch pudding and chips. The result? A soft and chewy cookie bursting with a buttery, caramelly flavor.

Enjoy!

Nutrition

According to Betty Crocker, each individual cookie contains 140 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 1 gram of protein, 21 grams of total carbohydrate, and 14 grams of sugar.

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Karen Marie Shelton has been writing about lifestyle content and news since the mid-1990s when she founded Hairboutique.com.The topics she covers range from hair, beauty, and fashion to shopping, travel, wellness, and food. A former editor and content developer for 101 Celebrity Hairstyles and Hairstyle Galleries for ten years, find her at @Hairboutique, You can also find her on social media, and across a variety of lifestyle, hair, and beauty locations such as Hairboutique.com, Quora, and Medium. She loves living and working in beautiful Prosper, Texas, Northwest of downtown Dallas. https://hairboutique.com

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