October 26, 2023Review Recipe
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Pumpkin pudding cookies are some of the softest and most delicious cookies thanks to the secret ingredient – pumpkin pudding mix. The pumpkin spice flavor adds a yummy fall twist and makes these the perfect cookies to celebrate pumpkin season.
Pumpkin Spice Jello Cookies Ingredients
These cookies feature the warm essence of pumpkin spice pudding, balanced by the sweetness of brown sugar and granulated sugar.
The addition of pumpkin pie spice and white chocolate chips creates a delightful medley of flavors and indulgence, making these cookies a perfect seasonal delight.
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1 (3.4-ounce) box of pumpkin spice instant pudding mix, dry
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2¼ cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of white chocolate chips
Pumpkin pudding tends to be a seasonal flavor. If you can’t find a box of pumpkin spice pudding mix in your local grocery store or are making these cookies at a different time of year, you can substitute vanilla pudding or white chocolate pudding.
Substitutions And Additions
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can use any type of chocolate chip for your pumpkin spice jello cookies.
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate would both also be delicious!
PUDDING MIX: Jello pumpkin spice pudding mix really gives these cookies their delicious pumpkin flavor, but you could swap this out for a different pudding flavor.
Vanilla, French vanilla, or white chocolate would be delicious and would tone down the pumpkin flavor just a bit.
BROWN SUGAR: If you prefer a less sweet cookie, you can use half brown sugar and half granulated sugar instead of three-quarters of a cup of brown sugar.
This modification offers a milder sweetness without compromising the cookie’s texture.
PUMPKIN PIE SPICE: If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can create your own blend by combining ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in equal parts.
How To Make This Pumpkin Spice Jello Cookies Recipe
Let’s dive right into making the simple cookie dough before baking these treats.
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Using a hand mixer, neat together this mixture until it is light and creamy.
Then, add in the dry pudding mix, vanilla, and eggs. Continue to mix until it is all well incorporated.
STEP THREE: In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
STEP FOUR: Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix with a spoon until just combined. Add in the white chocolate chips and stir.
STEP FIVE: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop rounded cookie dough on the parchment paper, about one to two tablespoons for each cookie.
Space each ball out by about two inches.
A medium cookie scoop would make the perfect size cookie dough balls.
STEP SIX: Add about three to four extra white chocolate chips to the tops of each rounded tablespoon of cookie dough before putting them in the oven.
STEP SEVEN: This is the most important part: it is better to undercook these cookies just a bit!
We suggest cooking each batch at 350°F for eight to nine minutes or until you can see the bottoms are just slightly brown.
You definitely don’t want to wait until these cookies are browned on the top, or they will be overdone.
Do not overcook these cookies! You want them slightly undercooked because the texture of the final product should be nice and soft.
STEP EIGHT: Remove from the oven and cool cookies on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
How To Serve
Celebrate all things pumpkin and serve these yummy pumpkin pudding cookies along with a homemade pumpkin spice latte.
Or serve them with a glass of cold milk to wash these delicious cookies down.
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You might be wondering how to store any leftovers or prepare them ahead of time.
MAKE AHEAD: You can prepare the cookie dough in advance. Simply follow the recipe instructions up to the point of forming the cookie dough balls.
Instead of baking, arrange the dough balls on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until they firm up.
Once they’re solid, transfer them to an airtight container or a zip-top bag, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
These cookie dough balls can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven, place the frozen dough balls on a baking sheet, and bake as directed, adding a minute or two to the time as needed.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store cookies in an airtight container like a Ziploc bag or Tupperware.
You can leave your jello pumpkin spice cookies on the counter at room temperature or store them in the fridge if you prefer.
IN THE FREEZER: Leftover pumpkin spice pudding cookies can also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer bag to keep them longer.
They will last for up to three months this way.
Why We Love This Recipe
IRRESISTIBLE PUMPKIN SPICE FLAVOR: These cookies capture the quintessential taste of fall with the delightful essence of pumpkin spice.
SOFT AND CHEWY TEXTURE: The addition of pumpkin spice instant pudding mix creates a uniquely soft and chewy texture in these cookies.
PERFECT FOR FALL GATHERINGS: These cookies are an ideal treat for fall gatherings, whether it’s a cozy family get-together, a Halloween party, or a Thanksgiving dessert.
Pumpkin pudding cookies are unique autumn cookies. They are delicious and super moist with the secret pudding ingredient. When looking for a new festive fall dessert, you definitely have to give these a try!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These cookies will last in the freezer for up to three months if stored in an airtight container.
Since the pumpkin pudding is seasonal, you may have a hard time finding it. You can use vanilla, French vanilla, or white chocolate pudding in its place.
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips would all work in place of white chocolate chips in this recipe.
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Pumpkin Pudding Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3.4 ounces instant pumpkin spice pudding mix dry
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- In a medium mixing bowl add the butter, brown sugar and sugar. Use a hand mixer to beat together until light and creamy. Add in the dry vanilla pudding mix, vanilla extract, and eggs and continue to mix until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl combine your flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix with a spoon until just combined. Add the white chocolate chips and stir.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop rounded cookie dough on the paper, about 1 to 2 tablespoons for each cookie. Space each ball out by about 2 inches.
- Add about 3 to 4 extra white chocolate chips to the tops of each rounded tablespoon of cookie dough before putting them in the oven
- This is the most important part: It is better to under cook these cookies just a bit so I suggest cooking each batch at 350°F for 8 to 9 minutes, or until you can see the bottoms are slightly brown. You definitely don't want to wait till these cookies are browned on the top or they will be overdone.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
- These cookies should be a little undercooked. I usually cook each batch for 8 to 9 minutes since these cookies are meant to be soft.
- Pumpkin pudding tends to be a seasonal flavor. If you can’t find a box of pumpkin spice pudding mix in your local grocery store or are making these cookies at a different time of year, you can substitute vanilla pudding or white chocolate pudding.
- A medium cookie scoop would make the perfect-sized cookie dough balls.
- Do not overcook these cookies! You want them slightly undercooked because the texture of the final product should be nice and soft.
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