Soft and Chewy Pistachio Pudding Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Pudding Cookies Recipe are light and delicious. The pudding mix adds wonderful flavor while keeping the cookies soft and chewy. These cookies are the perfect treat for you if you are a fan of pistachios or pistachio ice cream. Plus, you don’t need to chill the dough, making the process quicker.

pistachio pudding cookies on white ceramic tray with white chocolate chips in white bowl
The pistachios and white chocolate chips give these Pistachio Pudding Cookies Recipe added flavor.

We love these for the holidays. They are unique and tasty and never last long when brought to family gatherings. They are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

How to Make Pistachio Pudding Cookies RECIPE

The ingredients used in these cookies are likely in your kitchen right now if you enjoy baking. The pudding mix is inexpensive, so you can just add it to your next grocery store list. I am going to emphasize the addition of pistachios and white chocolate chips. Yes, they are optional, but they add so much more to these cookies.

Related: Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

The green color comes from the pudding mix in our Pistachio Cookie Recipe, however you can also add a couple drops of food coloring to make them extra festive. They are great additions to the sweet cookies, I promise. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the pistachios amp up the smell while they’re baking. It’s so heavenly!

ingredients needed to make pistachio pudding cookies
Ingredients you will need to make these easy and delicious Pistachio Pudding Cookies

Ingredients Needed to Make Pistachio Pudding Cookies

  • All-purpose flour 
  • Instant pistachio pudding mix – Just the mix, do not add milk
  • Baking soda 
  • Salt 
  • Unsalted butter – The butter must be softened before adding
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Large eggs – Make sure they are at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Green food coloring – This is optional but adds that recognizable green color that most people associate with pistachio 
  • Shelled pistachios, chopped – These are also optional but add texture and more pistachio flavor

Instructions for Pistachio Pudding Cookies

steps 1-4 for making pistachio pudding cookies in ceramic bowl
These easy to make pistachio pudding cookies start with these 4 basic steps, blending the dry ingredients, then creaming the wet ingredients.

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare your baking sheets by using parchment paper or silicone mats. These are perfect for easy cleanup.

Step 3

Whisk together your dry ingredients, flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt, in a medium bowl.

Step 4

Cream together your butter and both sugars, brown and granulated in a large bowl. Make sure it’s light and fluffy.

Step 5

Beat the vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.

Step 6

Beat in your eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.

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These pistachio pudding cookies are full of flavor from pistachio pudding mix, chopped pistachios and white chocolate chips.

Step 7

Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

Tip: Make sure you beat until all ingredients are just combined. Overmixing will result in tough cookies.

Step 8

Add a couple of drops of green food coloring until you get the green you want.

Step 9

Stir in the white chocolate chips and the pistachios if you decide to use them.

Scoop your dough onto your baking sheets with a cookie dough scoop or spoon.

Tip: Make sure you have 1-2 inches between each cookie.

Step 10

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Tip: Don’t over bake these cookies. They are best a little bit under and they will continue to bake on the hot pan when you take them out of the oven.

pistachio pudding cookies in bucket with shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day with green and gold coins
Pistachio Pudding Cookies are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day.


  • Are you serving these Pistachio Pudding Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day? Add a couple drops of green food coloring to make them a bit more festive.
  • Do you need a different flavor? Pudding Cookies can be made with a variety of pudding mixes, let your creativity run wild.
  • These Pistachio Cookies with Pudding Mix freeze really well too. Just be sure to wrap them well and mark the date on them.
Yield: 36

Pistachio Pudding Cookies Recipe

pistachio pudding cookies on white ceramic tray with white chocolate chips in white bowl

Pistachio Pudding Cookies are light and delicious. The pudding mix adds wonderful flavor while keeping the cookies soft and chewy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix, dry
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, chopped, optional


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
    2. Line baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper 
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt 
    4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy
    5. Beat in vanilla extract 
    6. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl each time
    7. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix just until combined, don’t overbeat 
    8. Optional - add 1-2 drops of food coloring, if using, and mix well until desired color 
    9. Stir in white chocolate chips and pistachios 
    10. Divide batter using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets
    11. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set and lightly golden brown. These cookies are best a little under baked. 
    12. Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack 
    13. Serve or store in an airtight container

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