Grinch Cookies / Pistachio Pudding Cookies

A super easy pistachio pudding cookie that’s soft, chewy, and flavorful! It’s also inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!

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We have to talk about something: pudding cookies. Why haven’t I tried these sooner? Why didn’t anybody tell me about them??! Were you guys aware that pudding cookies are really good??

Obviously, this is no one’s fault but my own because, hi, pudding cookies are EVERYWHERE. But I’m feeling pretty Grinch-y (no pun intended) today because I’m (still) way behind on my Christmas shopping, and I feel like blaming those around me. Forgiven?

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I kept seeing them, and they’d pique my interest, but not enough to do anything about it, apparently. I would sort of shrug and think, eh, how good could they be?

I’m not afraid to admit to my mistakes (ahem, riiight), and I’ll confess that this one was colossal. Why I neglected pudding cookies for so long… who knows. No one to blame but myself. Maybe I can blame S.O. It would be a stretch, sure, and I’d really have to contrive a way to blame him for this, but I think I can make it work. I’ll figure that out later.

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These cookies are absurdly easy, and you only need a handful of ingredients. I hereby declare these to be your default cookie when you’re in a true bind. You could probably complete an entire batch in under 30 minutes, start-to-finish.

They’re super soft, chewy, and very flavorful. Lots of pistachio-ness going on. I personally only got to eat about 4 cookies because S.O. did a ton of damage before I had the chance… as in, 2 dozen of them disappeared overnight between the hours of 10pm-7am. No exaggerating, and I know it wasn’t the cat, despite what he claims.

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Anyway, the pudding cookie recipe is compliments of trusty ol’ Kraft. The Grinch cookie idea, which is adorable, is compliments of In Katrina’s Kitchen. In other words, there is absolutely nothing original in this post whatsoever, but I had to share these adorable cookies, recycled idea or not. Is this a cute idea, or is this a cute idea? Exactly.

My hope was maybe you hadn’t seen them yet? But if you’ve spent .02 seconds on Pinterest, you’ve probably been inundated. Oh well! Enjoy! :)

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Grinch Cookies / Pistachio Pudding Cookies
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A super easy pudding mix cookie that's soft, chewy, and full of pistachio flavor!
Recipe type: Dessert - cookies
Serves: 30 cookies
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 3 oz. box instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 1 small tube prepared red icing
  • (recipe from Kraft)
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until well-combined.
  3. Add dry pudding mix and beat until well-blended.
  4. Add eggs and beat until well-blended.
  5. Mix in food coloring.
  6. Add flour mixture and beat until combined.
  7. Drop by tablespoonfuls on lightly greased baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute before removing to wire rack.
  10. Allow to cool completely.
  11. Use red icing to pipe a small heart in the middle of the cookie. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    Aren’t pudding cookies the best?! Vanilla pudding mix is my secret ingredient in chocolate chip cookies…it makes them so soft and chewy! These grinch cookies are so adorable, Sarah! I love the tint of green and little heart on top. And you definitely can’t go wrong with pistachio flavor! Yum!

    • says

      Yes, I had no idea about pudding cookies! I kept seeing them pop up but I thought it was maybe a gimmick. I was way off! They really do make them so soft and chewy – it’s fabulous. Now I want to stuff pudding mix into all kinds of things. Haha! Aren’t the cookies clever? Saw them at In Katrina’s Kitchen and *had* to make them! :)

  2. says

    These cookies are adorable, Sarah! I totally hear ya, I just tried making pudding cookies earlier this year and it was a life changing moment! These pistachio ones sound amazing and would make any Grinch’s heart grow three sizes bigger!

    • says

      LOL!!! They made my heart grow, that’s for sure. I was really surprised by how good pudding cookies are! I don’t really know why I doubted, but I’m glad I finally tried them. Aren’t they a cute idea? Thanks, Kelly! :)

    • says

      Haha! Aren’t they cute?? You really should try pudding cookies! I was pleasantly surprised by them! I held out for a while too, but they were worth it. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend, girl!

    • says

      Haha! That makes me feel better! I’d heard of them, but just kinda held out on trying them. I figured, can they be that good? Felt like a gimmick. They’re super soft and chewy! YUM.


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