Chocolate and banana instant pudding mixes flavor these delicious cookies.
These cookies contain pudding mix and are fantastic, but they are not the flavor I originally wanted to make. My first choice was to make strawberry-chocolate flavored ones. Unfortunately, the grocery stores I frequent do not carry strawberry pudding mix (but I know it exists because the internet tells me so!). In the end, I decided to go with banana and chocolate since the two flavors are readily available at most stores. Believe me, I was not disappointed with my choice.
In terms of texture, the cookies have a medium chew—not too hard and not too soft. To me, they are a cross between shortbread and a soft chocolate chip cookie. The dough does not spread and holds its shape while baking. I have made 2-inch and 3-inch versions of this cookie, mainly because I started out making small ones, got impatient with the process, and moved onto making larger ones. This recipe yields 4 dozen 2-inch or 2 dozen 3-inch cookies.
This is only the beginning. Besides the typical vanilla, lemon, pistachio, and butterscotch, instant pudding mix also comes in other flavors such as cheesecake, coconut cream, white chocolate, and Oreo. Try mixing and matching your own flavors. I plan to purchase strawberry pudding mix online to make strawberry-chocolate flavored cookies. I think they will look and taste great. Who knows, you might see them on a future post. And if you decide to make your own combination, I would love to hear about it!