Candy Cane Pudding Cookies – 25 Days of Christmas, Day 5

I’d been wanting to make pudding cookies for a while now…I have absolutely the worst luck with making fluffy, moist cookies, but I’d read that pudding was the best secret ingredient.  When I discovered candy cane pudding was a thing, I immediately jumped on it and made some Christmas-themed pudding cookies!

Finding candy cane pudding was a little difficult, though…I finally found it in the special seasonal baking section at Safeway.  You probably won’t find it with the normal pudding in the baking aisle.  Good luck!  You could totally substitute vanilla pudding with a drop or two of peppermint extract though.

These cookies got absolute rave reviews at work…they were way more popular than the meringues.  Although there’s a good chance Charlie just ate them all.  😉

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Candy Cane Pudding Cookies

1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 egg white
1 pkg candy cane pudding mix
1 C flour
8-10 mini candy canes, smashed
1 C mint chocolate M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Mix the butter on medium high in the Kitchenaid (or with a hand mixer).  Mix in the brown sugar and baking soda.  When combined, add the eggs, the candy cane pudding mix, and the flour one at a time until completely mixed in.  Add the candy canes and mint chocolate M&Ms and beat until they’re broken up as much as you want.

Roll dough balls about 1 tbs large.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Enjoy moist minty chocolate cookies!!!!  (To be honest, you might as well just double this recipe…you’ll eat a full batch right out of the oven, I promise.)

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Do you love my Christmas appetizer plates from Target?  Because I do!!

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