I guess I have a confession to make. I have never tried pudding cookies. Does that make me weird? I hadn’t really even heard of them until I started following Nikki at Chef-In-Training like a year ago. I know I have pinned several of her versions, but this one really stood out to me & I wanted to try it immediately. I actually almost didn’t post this recipe because I was slightly disappointed. The pictures were so beautiful & very enticing, but the flavors didn’t scream spiced pumpkin cookies like I had hoped. Maybe put in some pumpkin pie spice to help boost the flavor.

Nevertheless the cookies were still soft, chewy & sweet. They kind of taste like what I would imagine a pumpkin snickerdoodle would taste like & the pudding does make the cookie very soft & moist. I will most likely be making pudding cookies again in the future. As for these cookies…they are a fun twist for a fall treat that are quick to whip up.

Pumpkin Streusel Pudding Cookies

Pumpkin Streusel Pudding Cookies



  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4oz) box pumpkin spice instant pudding mix (dry, do not prepare)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  • 2 Tbsp butter, cold
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Make streusel topping by combining sugars, flour & cinnamon. Cut butter into dry ingredients until small crumbs form. Set aside.
  2. To make the cookies: cream butter, brown sugar, & sugar together in a stand mixer. Add dry pumpkin spice instant pudding mix & beat until well combined.
  3. Add eggs & vanilla & mix well. Scrape bowl.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, & pumpkin pie spice & beat until well combined.
  5. Roll dough into 1" balls. Gently press some of the streusel topping onto the tops of the rolled dough balls. Place them on a greased/parchment lined baking sheet & bake at 350*F for 8-10 minutes.
Recipe slightly altered from Chef-In-Training