Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

Soft and chewy butterscotch pudding cookies loaded with butterscotch chips!

Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

A few months after my husband and I were married, we took a trip to Boston. First off – huge fan of Boston. HUGE FAN. That was one of my favorite trips ever ever everrrrrr. We took a bus tour (which normally I’d not think was very fun but when touring the old victorian district, it’s a must) and we had a few stops along the way.

At one of our stops I spotted a candy shop across the way. Okay we were parked right outside of it, it was impossible to miss. But where do you think I spent the 15 minute break? Not at the minute-men statue, no sirree. The candy shop was calling my name and when candy calls, you heed the call.

Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

I could hardly decide what to get because, um, yeah… a whole store full of candy, sort of self explanatory. But I’ve always had a soft spot for those old fashioned candy sticks, my dad used to bring them home from business trips when we were little. So I grabbed a butterscotch one. I heart butterscotch big time. But my husband, do you know what he said? Ewe. He said ewe! And I thought, oh crap, did I really not ask him how he felt about butterscotch before we said “I do”?!

Just joshin. I didn’t question my marital vows. I did think he was crazy though. Luckily, I have some very good news. I have converted my husband to butterscotch in the past few months. First with these amazing oatmeal butterscotch blondies. And then I reinforced the budding love with these ultra soft and perfectly chewy butterscotch chip pudding cookies.

Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

It’s impossible not to love these! They are sooooo soft, but not cakey you know? They’re just perfectly chewy and the flavor is yum to the max. Sweet with a little salty – one of my favorite flavor combinations! The sea salt on top balances everything and brings out the richness of the butterscotch. Even if you think you don’t like butterscotch, ignore your brain and follow your tastebuds. Just let these cookies work their magic on you, you’ll be a butterscotch lover yet!

Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

What people are saying about these Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

“I made these cookies today. They were so good. No complaints . I did cook them for 14 minutes. My husband is in love with them. Our new dessert for thanksgiving.” – Michelle

“Loved these – they were super easy and a hit with family and the folks at work… I forgot the salt and they still taste great! I will definitely try them again with the sea salt.” – Patricia

Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies
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Soft Butterscotch Chip Pudding Cookies

Soft and chewy butterscotch pudding cookies loaded with butterscotch chips and topped with sea salt!
Course Dessert
Keyword butterscotch, cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Author Tiffany


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg (see note)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 small box (3.5 ounces)l instant butterscotch pudding mix (dry, not prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • coarse sea salt


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla and egg until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, butterscotch pudding mix, and baking powder. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in butterscotch chips. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheet at least 2 inches apart for spreading.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle cookies with coarse sea salt. Allow to cool completely on baking sheet. store in airtight container at room temperature.


If you find that the dough is too crumbly and doesn't quite come together after being mixed, add one additional egg to bring the dough together. 
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks.

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I love butterscotch! Those cookies are looking amazing! I always need to buy some for myself whenever I enter a candy shop!

How can you NOT like butterscotch??! I don’t get it, but I also think my husband might be in the same camp. He likes simple everything. I have to say, these are some of the prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen, the pictures make me want to put my hand through the screen and grab one!

Thanks for linking to my recipe. They look incredible and I love butterscotch so I know I’d love these! Pinned!

ohmygosh these look AMAZING. The salt on top makes these cookies look extra delicious. Can’t wait to try!

I can imagine how soft and chewy the pudding makes these cookies!

Hi! I made these cookies today. Are you certain that it is just a single egg? when I mixed the ingredients together with just a single egg, my dough was more like crumb topping. It was dry and crumbly. I added the second egg, and the dough was perfect. And the cookies are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!!

    Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for taking a second to bring that to my attention – I did make a mistake and I’ve updated it – thank you!

      I’m glad I scrolled down to see this comment! Just a heads up, the recipe still lists only 1 egg. Looking forward to baking these off!

      Yep! Still only says 1 egg… I made them like the recipe says, so hopefully they’re still good 🙁

    Thank goodness for comments from people that have already tried out a recipe. When I was getting all the ingredients together I was wondering if some milk or an egg was forgotten in the ingredient list. I got done mixing in my first egg a few minutes ago and it was definitely crumbly and there was some flour mixture at the bottom of the bowl that refused to mix in. That extra egg seems to be just the trick.
    P.S. Tiffany, the recipe still says one egg.

These are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen. They look so plush (if that’s a proper way to describe them). Happen to land on your blog from FG and I’m loving your photography!

Hello! I found this recipe on Pinterest. I am not a huge fan of it, but my boyfriend just got a new job and he loves butterscotch, so I baked up some of these to bring him.
I didn’t have any sea salt, so I added a scant teaspoon of salt into the batter. I also didn’t realize I didn’t have enough butter, so I used 1/2c. butter-flavored Crisco and 1/4c. butter. After I mixed everything, the batter seemed very dry, so I added a second egg, and that helped a lot. I didn’t refrigerate them (the shortening helps them not spread out too much), and the baking time/temp was perfect! I know my boyfriend will love these. Thank you!

Thanks for the recipe my mom and my sister and I are all making different baked goods to give to others because of New Years we r probably sending them to the people in the local jail telling them not to give up u can change, and to people that are working on New Years day like workers at the local gas stations the local hospital and maybe more just waiting for it to cool now again thanks for the recipe.
-Reese Carlson

Hi Tiffany! I just saved two of your butterscotch recipes to try. They look heavenly. But I actually popped in the comments to say nice writing! Love your enthusiasm and quirky humor. That’s a win. And I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!

    Oh my word, thanks Mindy!! It’s always so nice to hear that my writing isn’t boring everyone to death! These butterscotch chip pudding cookies are amazinnnnnggg, so soft! 🙂

I made these today following the recipe exactly as I saw it and they were deliciously perfect. I am, however, confused by one of the comments that seem to suggest 2 eggs instead of one. Again, mine were perfect with the 1 egg so I am not complaining ( sooo yummy), just curious. Thanks much ~b

I made these cookies today. They were so good. No complaints . I did cook them for 14 minutes. My husband is in love with them. Our new dessert for thanksgiving.

Hi, I was just wondering how do you make your cookies look so pretty, I followed your recipe and the cookies taste delicious however i wish they looked better

    Hi Bianca! My favorite trick for making cookies look pretty is to reserve a handful of the chips (chocolate, butterscotch, etc) and press them into the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet just before baking. Then I can make sure there are plenty of pretty chips right on top where you can see them!

Is the brown sugar packed? I understand there should be 2 eggs. Thank you.

    Yes the brown sugar is packed.

I just made these cookies .. They are so delish 🙂

5 stars
Loved these – they were super easy and a hit with family and the folks at work. I agree that it needed 2 eggs but the recipe still reads one. I forgot the salt and they still taste great! I will definitely try them again with the sea salt.

Note: I am Canadian so our pudding boxes are slightly larger (113g which converts to 3.98596 oz). I used 2 eggs and used only 1 3/4 c flour and it worked perfectly.

5 stars
Today is our 34th anniversary, and my husband loves anything butterscotch, and girl, if butterscotch pudding is involved, he is above ecstatic! I am going to make these for him today as an anniversary gift. Loving your wit and humor! Good job!

I made these last year. They were a big hit. Everybody loved them. I’m making some for Christmas this year.

5 stars
i absolutely love this receipe! I found i also needed to add 2 Eggs and i personally can do without the sea salt. I aslo adDed mini chocolate chips just for fun! Thank you fOr Sharing!

I’m making them now! The batter is chilling in the frig. They look fabulous in your pic! One question…my grocery store doesn’t carry instant butterscotch pudding. Can you use the COOK and serve kind? I bought the vanilla instant just to be safe but would have rather had the butterscotch. Thank you!

    Hi Dawn- good thinking on switching to vanilla. Surely enough it HAS to be instant pudding- it will not work with the cook and serve kind. Good question!! I hope that you loved them!!

      Can sugar free instant butterscotch pudding be used in place of the regular?

        You maybe could?? I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure! I worry that it will alter the taste quite a bit!

What a huge disappointment that the author says in the comments that she corrected a mistake but didn’t correct it. The recipe takes 2 eggs, not 1. I just made a double batch that was raw in the middle and went right into the trash. Other than the potential food poisoning they were delicious? 🙁

5 stars
I did not have any butterscotch pudding, just chocolate. It still turned out great. Actually i little more to my liking as i love chocolate. I too had to use 2 eggs. Thank you for the yummy and easy recipe.

    I am excited to hear that these turned out awesome with chocolate pudding, too! Thanks for sharing your feedback, Shanalyn!

The butterscotch cookie recipie above does not list how much butter to use. I used 1 cup.

    Hi Jacquie- Thanks for pointing that out! I have fixed the error. It should read 3/4 cup butter, softened.

Your ingredients say baking powder but the instructions say baking soda. I’m surprised none of The other comments asked about this. I’m going to hope you mean baking powder.

    Correct- it is baking powder. I have updated the recipe. Thanks!

5 stars

4 stars
I baked these for my husband, but he does not like sea salt. I love sea salt, but they are way better without it.

    Thanks for your input, Canelle!

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