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…

Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.com

A bunch of the usual ingredients…flour…

Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.com
Of course apples too…they are apple cookies…

Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.com

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.


adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod



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Could you use anything in place of the white chocolate chips? I’m not a fan of em. 🙂

Holiday Baker Man

Great recipe!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Mmm these sound super awesome! Love this!


i love butterscotch! these are right up my sweer tooth alley!

Joyce Reardon

Love these!!


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!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

Saw your Instagram pic and knew these had apple in them! Did not know they had butterscotch! I absolutely LOVE butterscotch!


I actually adore butterscotch and am dying over these!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

I don’t believe I have ever had apple cookies, except for cakey like cookies. These look gorgeous, the white chocolate and butterscotch.. MMMM

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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!

Belinda @themoonblushbaker

Apples and butter scotch! It is like my two fave treats in one. Terrific for the fall season too, they look gorgeous


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


I adore butterscotch and I love pudding cookies. These look amazing, Shelly!

Leigh Anne @Your Homebased Mom

We’re big butterscotch fans at our house and love the combining it with apple. The cookies look delicious and are so pretty too!!


I love our butterscotch pudding cookies and I love your version! Will be trying them very soon!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

Love! Love! I had a cookie disaster about as bad as the one you pictured. I love using pudding in cookies. Totally liking these to save the recipe 🙂


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.

Coco in the Kitchen

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!

Rebecca @ Exploits of a Dorm Room Baker

These look awesome, like a much prettier version of the apple cookies I made a few days ago. I love the butterscotch drizzle on top!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Sometimes it takes more than one try to get a recipe right… this is something I know well! These cookies look fab!

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!!!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

Thanks for showing a picture of a baking fail, we all have those days! This cookies look wonderful, I love the swiggle on top!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

Wow! These look great! The butterscotch drizzles send it right over the top! 🙂


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.

Erin | The Emerging Foodie

You are right… I did question the butterscotch and apple combo at first but after reading your post, you’ve changed my mind! 🙂 These look awesome!


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.


Just made these…they are AMAZING! Great recipe!


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~


Is there anything else you could substitute for the butterscotch pudding mix? Is it anything like Angel’s Delight?


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?


I love the sound of these cookies, but I’m not a fan of apple chunks. Could you use shredded apples?


I love the idea of these, but not the apple chunks? Could you use shredded apples instead?

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!


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!!!!

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… Read more »

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.


hye. im from malaysia. Asian people. can i replace instant butterscotch puding with other ?
because i cant see i can get here.. if i dont add that instant , the taste still good or what