Enjoy all the flavor of banana pudding in these easy banana pudding cookies. The pudding mixture, crushed vanilla wafers and white chocolate combine for a decadent treat.

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Banana pudding cookies

Banana pudding fans definitely want to try this recipe. Everything you love about banana pudding is in each bite of this cookie.

They are soft and fluffy with the texture of a bakery style cookie. However, they really taste just like banana pudding. It is so good.

Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked. These cookies are amazing and one of our favorite desserts.

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Ingredients for cookies: unsalted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, pudding, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, white chocolate chips, vanilla wafers.

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted Butter, softened 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • large eggs 
  • Package of Banana Cream Instant Pudding Mix. Just the mix only. You do not prepare based on the box instructions.
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Flour 
  • Baking Soda 
  • Salt 
  • White Chocolate Chips, plus more for decorating 
  • Broken Up Nilla Wafers 

Stack of banana pudding cookies

How to make banana pudding cookies:

  • Go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next, beat the butter and sugars (both types of sugars) together in a large bowl. I recommend using a stand up mixer or hand mixer. Beat until the mixture is creamy and light.  
  • Add the pudding mix, eggs and vanilla extract.  Combine everything really well.
  • Then get out a separate bowl. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. 
  • Next, gradually add the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Mix this until just combined.  Try not to over mix.
  • Gently stir in the white chocolate chips and crushed nilla wafers into the cookie batter. This step needs to be combined by hand. Do not use an electric mixer.
  • Finally, form the cookies by dropping a rounded tablespoon onto a baking sheet. 
  • The cookies need to bake for 10 to 12 minutes. They should be slightly golden brown around the edges.  
  • Once finished cooking, take the cookies out of the oven.  Put a few extra white chocolate chips on the tops of the cookies.

    This needs to be done while they are still warm and just gently press down. This extra step makes a big difference and really makes the cookies even more decadent.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.  Don’t rush this step or you risk the cookies falling apart.

Platter of banana pudding cookies

How to store cookies:

Leftover cookies should be stored inside an air tight container at room temperature. They will last up to 4 to 5 days.

Just make sure you keep the lid on tight to keep the cookies fresh.

Can you freeze banana pudding cookies?

Yes, the cookies can be frozen up to 3 months. Place them inside a freezer container or bag that is airtight.

Make sure to let the cookies cool completely if freezing. We love these cookies so much that we often make double just to have extra to freeze.

When ready to eat, allow the cookies to thaw at room temperature. I like to take them out of the freezer container during this process so the moisture does not get all over the cookies.

This will help them to keep the same great texture and flavor before freezing.

Platter of banana pudding cookies

Variation ideas

  • Pudding. Substitute any type of pudding you like to change the flavor. I think cheesecake and vanilla pudding would be delicious.

    Butterscotch is another great idea. You can easily use this recipe as a base for other great types of cookies.
  • Chocolate Chips. Instead of white chocolate chips, try milk chocolate chips. Another idea is to mix both together. Peanut butter morsels also make a delicious flavor combination with the banana.
  • Nuts. Add a handful of nuts to the cookie dough. Try chopped walnuts, pecans or peanuts. Just use what you have on hand or prefer.
  • Cookie sandwiches. Add cream cheese icing and sandwich two delicious cookies together. This is really rich and delicious for an amazing treat.
  • Mashed banana. For even more banana flavor, add a whole banana mashed into the cookie dough mixture. If you like more texture, chop them into small pieces instead of mashing them.
  • Topping. Melt some of the white chocolate chips and drizzle all over the tops of the cookies.

    Not only does this taste amazing but it looks gorgeous. I think either white chocolate or milk chocolate would be delicious.
Banana pudding cookie on spatula.

Tips for the best cookies:

  • Make sure that you use instant pudding and not the type you cook.
  • Don’t mix the banana pudding mix according to the box. The dry pudding mix goes right into the cookie dough mixture.
  • Don’t overmix the dough. Just combine the dough until just combined.
  • It is optional but a cookie scoop will help to form the cookies quickly. It will also ensure they are all uniform and the exact same size. This also helps the cookies to bake evenly.
  • Make sure to space the cookies on the baking sheet. They will spread and need room to do so.
  • Ovens vary so keep in mind baking times might as well. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the cookies.
  • It is important that the cookies set before on the baking sheet before moving to the cooling rack. If you try to move them too soon, the cookies will crumble and not hold its shape.
  • Use the paddle attachment in the stand mixer if using this. It works best to combine the dough.
  • Line the baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. This will make clean up super easy and help to keep your pans in good shape too.
  • Chill the dough. This is optional. If you find the dough is sticky and hard to work with, allow it to chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. Then shape into cooking dough balls.

Banana Pudding Cookies

4.50 from 4 votes
Enjoy the flavor of banana pudding in banana pudding cookies. The pudding mixture, vanilla wafers and white chocolate make a tasty treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let cool 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 206

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Package of Banana Cream Instant Pudding Mix 3.4 oz box (just the mix do not prepare based on the box instructions)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ¼ cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips plus more for decorating
  • 1 cup Broken Up Nilla Wafers
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Beat the butter and both sugars together in a large bowl with a stand up mixer or hand held mixer until the mixture is creamy and light.
  • Then add in the pudding mix, eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Then gradually add the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just combined.  Be careful not to over mix.
  • Then gently stir in the white chocolate chips and Nilla wafers into the cookie batter by hand.
  • Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven.  Press a few additional white chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies while they are warm.  Let them sit on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 206kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 2g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 36mg, Sodium 135mg, Potassium 52mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 258IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 27mg, Iron 1mg

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