These banana pudding cookies are chewy, soft, and packed with intense banana flavor. The best part is that they are super easy to make! 

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Everyone loves a soft, chewy cookie recipe like Cookies and Cream CookiesBakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Macadamia Nut Cookies. These banana pudding cookies are like banana pudding in the form of an irresistibly chewy cookie. Talk about a crowd-pleaser!

My banana pudding cookie recipe uses boxed banana pudding and also ripe bananas. The double banana ingredients are just one of the reasons why these cookies are the best banana pudding cookies ever. They are definitely the most banana-y cookies I have ever tried!

close up image of a banana pudding cookie.

Besides having tons of sweet banana flavor, these cookies are also fantastic because they are easy. You can make these banana cookies in under 10 minutes and be eating them in just another 8 minutes. Homemade cookies have never been so simple to make!

If you have been searching for a soft banana cookie recipe, look no further because this is it. I just know that you are going to take one bite of a banana pudding cookie and be completely hooked, just like me. I’ve been making them almost every week! I just can’t get enough, and luckily, my family adores them, too!

(Looking for more pudding mix recipes? Try my Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies too!)

ingredients to make banana pudding cookies.

Ingredients for Banana Pudding Cookies

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. 

  • Butter – Let it soften just a bit, but not completely. (Melted butter will lead to the cookies spreading on the pan.)
  • Light brown sugar – I prefer to use light brown sugar over granulated sugar. It gives the cookies a rich flavor thanks to the hint of molasses. 
  • Instant banana cream pudding mix – Any brand of instant pudding mix will work, but I like to use the Jello brand. The banana pudding mix is easy to find, and I think it has the best flavor. 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • Ripe banana – A perfectly ripe banana will be yellow with brown spots all over. Bananas with brown spots are sweeter and will blend into the cookie batter more easily. 
  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • White chocolate chips – White chocolate chips make the cookies even sweeter and creamier. The soft chocolate just melts in your mouth and complements the banana flavor so well. 
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Variations

There are a few little tweaks you can make to this recipe that I wanted to share. Try one adjustment, try them all, or just stick to the classic banana pudding cookie recipe. All the options are great!

  • Use dark chocolate chips in place of white chocolate chips.
  • If you do not have a ripe banana, you can use one extra egg instead. 
  • Regular sugar in place of brown sugar will also taste great. 
  • Use vanilla pudding instead of banana pudding for a slightly more subtle banana flavor.
  • Add extra mix-ins like crushed nilla wafers.
  • Top your cookies with fluffy whipped cream.

How to Make Banana Pudding Cookies

  1. Prep the oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  2. Cream the butter: Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the pudding mix to the bowl, and blend again until the pudding absorbs into the butter and is nice and smooth. 
  3. Add the liquids: Add the mashed banana, egg, and vanilla extract and blend until smooth once again. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients: Stir the flour and baking soda into the cookie dough until smooth. Then fold in the white chocolate chips, stirring by hand to keep the chips whole. 
  5. Bake the cookies: Scoop the cookies onto the prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will look a little soft, but the edges should be just turning golden brown and the center should no longer look unbaked. 
  6. Cool the cookies: Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then, move them to a cooling rack to cool completely, or eat them warm!
stack of four banana pudding cookies.

Quick Tip

I like to mash my ripe bananas with a potato masher. It really helps make the banana nice and small, smashing it evenly and quickly. You can also use a fork to mash the banana if you do not have a potato masher.

How to Store Banana Pudding Cookies

You can cook and serve your cookies right away. Or, store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them soft and chewy. They will keep for three to four days when wrapped well.

FAQs


How does banana affect baking?

Banana helps make cookies soft and chewy. They act as a leavener in the cookie dough as well, helping the cookies rise as they bake. Ripe banana, of course, also adds more flavor to the cookies.

Is butter or shortening better for cookies?

I like to use butter because it has a richer taste. However, shortening will keep cookies softer for longer, keeping them fresh for days after baking. Cookies made with butter may taste the best when straight from the oven, but they do get harder over the days after baking.

Is Jello pudding mix healthy?

Jello pudding is not very healthy. It is packed with sugar which adds lots of empty calories. However, it is a dessert! So you can enjoy it in moderation, just knowing that it is a special treat.

A plate of white chocolate chip banana pudding cookies.

Banana Pudding Cookies

These banana pudding cookies are chewy, soft, and baked with banana flavor!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant banana cream pudding
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet tray with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter and brown sugar to a bowl and cream with a hand mixer or paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
    3/4 cup butter, softened, 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Add the dry pudding mix to the bowl and blend well. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to prevent any lumps and really make the batter smooth.
    1 (3.4 ounce) box instant banana cream pudding
  • Add the mashed banana, egg and vanilla extract to the bowl and blend again.
    1 egg, 1 ripe banana, mashed, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the flour and baking soda to the bowl and mix again.
    2 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips by hand.
    1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment lined tray, spacing them about 2 inches apart. The cookie dough will spread.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. The edges should be golden brown. You want them to be slightly underbaked so they stay chewy.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking tray for about 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy at least one while warm!

Notes

If you do not have a ripe banana, you can use an extra egg in the recipe in it’s place. You will still get lots of banana flavor thanks to the dry pudding mix.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

Comments

  1. Can you chill dough for 24 hrs ?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these 4xs in 9 days.

  3. How big should the cookie balls be when putting them on the pan?

    1. Can you chill dough for 24 hrs ?

      1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

        Yes! We recommend letting the dough come back to room temperature before baking. 😊

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