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Easy French Vanilla Holiday Cookies

Julia loves to make delicious baked treats and share her recipes with others.

These holiday cookies made with French vanilla pudding are easy to whip up.

These holiday cookies made with French vanilla pudding are easy to whip up.

French Vanilla Pudding Cookies

This year being what it is (#2020), our annual meeting at church obviously could not be preceded by a potluck dinner. So to keep people from being hangry, we decided to make and individually wrap cookies for people to snack on (although it was pointed out that if you want to keep the meeting short—don't feed people!).

I was planning on making Oreo chocolate chip pudding cookies, but I knew some other people were also planning on making chocolate chip cookies. I decided I should make a different kind of cookie too, one that didn't include chocolate.

I was having a hard time thinking of a cookie that didn't involve chocolate, other than of course, the classic but labour-intensive rolled out frosted sugar cookies and gingerbread men.

Because those are just too much work!

I love making pudding cookies because they're pretty easy—and pretty hard to mess up! So I figured I'd just find another flavor of pudding at the store, and make some cookies with that.

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Adding Holiday Flavors

There wasn't much variety in the pudding aisle... all I could find was chocolate, vanilla and banana (I hate banana!). But then I spotted a French vanilla pudding! Perfect!

Since it's almost Christmas, I immediately started thinking about other "Christmas-y" spices I could mix in with the French vanilla. (Well, actually, I immediately started singing the French vanilla "Cool Whip song" from the old commercials. Anyone else?)

But then I thought, "Ooh! Christmas," so I added some nutmeg and cinnamon. The second time I made these, I decided to throw in some ground cloves too, because why not? You can really mix in any of the "holiday" spices that you particularly like. I decided to add more of the nutmeg than the others, because I really like that flavor.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package French vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (I threw in a little extra)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and pudding mix. Beat together.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well until all the flour is blended in.
  5. Roll a spoonful of cookie dough into a ball and place it on a greased cookie sheet. I pressed each ball down a little to make the cookie a bit flatter.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes. I kept them in for 11 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow them to cool on the tray for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. While they are on the tray, sprinkle them with holiday colored sprinkles.

Step-by-Step Photos

First cream together the butter and sugars.

First cream together the butter and sugars.

This is what it will look like once the butter and sugars are mixed together.

This is what it will look like once the butter and sugars are mixed together.

Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and pudding with a hand beater, before adding in the dry ingredients.

Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and pudding with a hand beater, before adding in the dry ingredients.

Rounded balls of dough, ready to go in the oven (or in your mouth...).

Rounded balls of dough, ready to go in the oven (or in your mouth...).

Add Some Christmas Cheer

Once they came out of the oven, I sprinkled some red sugar sprinkles on them, to make them look festive!

The result is very easy to make cookies that taste just like Christmas (at least, that's what I think)!

Don't get me wrong, I love me some good old fashioned sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees with homemade green frosting and mini M&M's added to look like Christmas lights. But those take so long to make! With these, I feel like I'm in and out of the kitchen in no time, and back to watching those captivating Hallmark movies.

Enjoy a plate of festive holiday cookies!

Enjoy a plate of festive holiday cookies!

Comments

Julia Rexford (author) on November 29, 2020:

Hi Liz! Yeah, church is weird right now. We only have about half the people showing up in person, and we wear masks and have every other pew blocked off. But we still have to have meetings! Haha!

Julia Rexford (author) on November 29, 2020:

Hi Peggy! Yes, they ARE easy, and I think the pudding makes them moist and delicious. :D

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2020:

I have never used pudding in a cookie recipe, so thanks for the idea. These cookies appear to be easy to make.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 28, 2020:

This is an unusual and festive recipe. It's always a challenge to come up with something different for bring and share occasions. In lockdown in UK at the moment church gatherings are not allowed. You have included clear instructions and helpful illustrations.

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