Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies

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These Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies are phenom!  You could easily adapt them using any pudding flavor you’d like!  Love a soft pudding cookie!

Wait!  Don’t go!

Before you dismiss these cookies with the usual, “I don’t like butterscotch yada yada”, stay with me.

I’m not gonna steer you wrong, I swear.


I mean if you like caramel, you’ll like butterscotch.

The main difference is butterscotch is made with brown sugar, while caramel is made with white.


I’ve changed your mind already, haven’t I?


And also, if your only dealings with butterscotch are the ones that your granny used to keep in her purse, let’s all agree that we’re talking apples and oranges here.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Granny Butterscotch.  Heck, I was raised on those things…but that’s not what we’re talking about today.


Today we’re talking about Butterscotch Pudding cookies, loaded with chunks of apples and white chocolate chips.

I heart these cookies.

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Now let me tell you, the idea for these started with me going in one direction…and the cookies literally going in the other.

See photo below…

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yeah, it wasn’t pretty.

So anyhow I knew the flavor that I was going for, so I decided to try again.


I remembered this cookie that Maria posted last year and thought they might be the perfect jumping off point for round 2.

And well, y’all.  It worked perfectly. PERFECTLY!


I started with a box of Instant Butterscotch Pudding…

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I added that to the cookie batter…

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A bunch of the usual ingredients…flour…

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Of course apples too…they are apple cookies…

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Then scoop them out on your lined baking sheet…

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When they are baked and cooled you can make them pretty with an extra butterscotch drizzle…


And then dig in…you’ve got a soft butterscotch cookie, loaded with apples and white chocolate chips.


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You’re gonna love these cookies!

Now go check out Maria’s Triple Chip Butterscotch version!



Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies


makes 24 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 (4 serving) package of Instant Butterscotch Pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 heaping cup of peeled diced Granny Smith apples (1 medium)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • *optional ~ 1 cup butterscotch chips to melt and drizzle for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in pudding mix, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping sides as needed.
  4. With mixer on medium add in baking soda and salt until incorporated.
  5. Turn mixer to low and mix in flour until combined.
  6. Fold in apples and white chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet using a large cookie scoop about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes until edges are golden.
  9. Allow to cool about 3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.
  10. If desired, melt butterscotch chips in a medium sized zip-top bag, squeezing to melt every 30 seconds until melted. Snip off edge of ziplock bag and drizzle over cookies.


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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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51 Responses
  1. Deborah

    I look forward
    To trying out this recipe and others of yours I have saved. I have one question for you. Do your cookie recipes freeze well raw? I like to keep raw cookie dough in containers so I can make treats for the grand children. Freezer information on your recipes would be very helpful and appreciated. That is when you have the info available. Thanks for sharing all your delicious goodies.

  2. Michelle

    I have never commented on a recipe before but I needed to on this one. I made these recently and they were FANTASTIC! I’ve made several things from your website and they are always wonderful. This one though was genius! I followed the recipe as is but made a glaze with butter, brown sugar, apple cider and a dash of cream. I then used the same recipe but switched to lemon pudding and used lemon juice instead of vanilla and skipped the apples adding extra white chocolate. Then made a glaze with fresh strawberry jam, butter, and white chocolate. Those were fantastic too! Thanks so much for your website!

  3. Jonessa

    I made these on Saturday and they were fantastic! The only thing I didn’t like was that the butterscotch overpowers the apple. Next time I will add more apple and maybe an apple cider drizzle. These have made my Christmas cookie list for sure!!!!

  4. Steph Reitberger

    Hi Shelly – So I bought Cook & Serve Butterscotch Pudding! 🙁 Luckily I had just picked up some Instant Pumpkin. I can see how the Butterscotch would be better with the heavy brown sugar content – but Pumpkin was pretty good!

      1. Steph

        The Pumpkin actually was better once the cookies cooled and sat over night. I hate waiting!!! Also – without my kitchen aid (its out of commission while I wait for another to be delivered – power switch issues) I needed my husband to stir. That stuff was thick!! Wooo But worth it! We have to try again with butterscotch!!! 🙂

        Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes with the world!!

  5. Missy

    I printed this recipe and was excited to make it. Unfortunately there is no listing for the flour ingredients on the printable version….or the online version. They look delicious however this doesn’t tell me how to make them. Am I missing something?

    1. Shelly

      The flour amount is in the recipe.. maybe you just skimmed over it? It’s 2 1/2 cups flour.. right above the apples in the list of ingredients

  6. Seriously, this sounds awesome. I think I`m going to have to buy some Instant Butterscotch Pudding to make these, since they sound and look too incredible to pass up! Haha~

  7. Gay

    Sorry you had to waste all those ingredients…can’t say anything except been there, done that! For the people who don’t want as much of a butterscotch flavor, I think you could use instant vanilla or white chocolate pudding instead. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Jaime

    I just made these and they are amazing! Next time I may use half the amount of salt though. Move were a tad on the salty side; however, it may be because I used sea salt.

  9. Donna Howard

    yes, I will be making these. Here’s the thing that always gets me — the lovely looking drizzle!!! How to do that????? What is a microwave baggie??? Yes, I know – I am lame but I am trying!!!

  10. My w/end baking was a disaster last week. I couldn’t seem to get anything right.
    And this morning, I baked 2 cakes before leaving for work – they were perfect!
    Go, figure.

    Your cookies turned out gorgeous in the end. I love the apple chunks. I do that w my oatmeal raisins.
    Love the butterscotch drizzle, too. This one is great for the chilly weather that’s almost here!

  11. elizabeth

    I so appreciate the first try photo! I just made one of your delicious brownies (different color layers of yum) and when I cut it into squares, it crumbled and smooched the layers together. Not pretty, but very delicious. How do you get the clean straight lines when you cut brownies or bars? There must be some magical trick.

  12. OMG…lightbulb moment!

    I’ve never thought of putting pudding mix into cookies for flavour/texture!

    You are a genius!

    p.s these look scrumptious

    I will be making 🙂 xxx

  13. Shelly they look incredible and who doesn’t like butterscotch! Caramel, butterscotch, that whole family of flavors I love.

    Thanks for the instagram cookie failure pic. Good to know I’m not the only one that happens to! And I need to make pudding cookies already!

  14. Ah, I have been making caramel with brown sugar! Well, I guess I have been making butterscotch! Oh well it’s all delicious!
    I love caramel and butterscotch and apples and soft cookies! These are a winner!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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