Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies

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Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies-using Jello to give them that perfect Cherry flavor

Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies-using Jello to give them that perfect Cherry flavor

It’s almost Valentine’s. This is probably the last year I’ll get to make treats for my daughter’s class. She’s in 5th grade and I guess when you get to middle school you’re too grown up for things like parties in class and sweet treats made by Mama. Only 4 months left to make treats for my baby. I’ve got every possible occasion marked on my calendar. St. Patty’s, Easter, Field Day, her Birthday, end of year party.

I’ll probably sneak a few treats in for the teachers and staff along the way. This year will be an end of an era. All of my children went to this school. the teachers and staff are like a second family. Both the Middle school and High School are good schools also but …

You moms all know what I’m saying. It’s going to be different next year.

When I saw these cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I just had to run to the kitchen. So pink, so pretty and a great flavor combination!  I love using Jello in baking and I knew I could make something almost as pretty with what I had in the cabinets.


 Yes, I have partial packets of Jell-O in my baking cabinet, as I’ve told you before, using it as a flavoring is the bomb. Just try adding a tablespoon of it to a vanilla milkshake!

I made 2 different recipes for these cookies. This is the recipe the family voted to share. I’m still going to work on the other one. I think it has possibilities.

Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies-using Jello to give them that perfect Cherry flavor

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Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cherry flavored Jello
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package instant white chocolate pudding (3.3 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips


  1. Cream butter, sugar and Jello together. Add eggs and vanilla, cream again.
  2. Combine flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl then slowly add to butter mixture.
  3. Once all combined, fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon cookie dough by rounded tablespoons (I use a medium cookie scoop) onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.


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Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies-using Jello to give them that perfect Cherry flavor

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. These are so pretty Joan! I need to make pudding cookies. It’s been too long!

  2. These are gorgeous and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Just to share a little secret, I have partial pudding and jell-o packet in my cupboard too.

  3. Perfect for Valentine cookies! I’ll be making these! Thank you!

  4. Love the color, my fav! These are perfect for the the up coming Valentine’s holiday 🙂

  5. So pretty and delicate! Bet they taste just fabulous. Not only for Valtentine’s day but also a bridal or baby shower – beautiful!

  6. These are a perfect color! Kelli is right – perfect for a girl baby shower!

    I hope you’ll link up at Off the Hook!

  7. Such a pretty pink! I am going to have to try adding Jello to my cookies! I’m missing out on something here! Oh, don’t tell me that it all ends in 5th grade???? NOOO!

  8. These really are beautiful! White chocolate and cherry? A match made in heaven! My daughters will love the PINKness. 🙂
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

  9. Pretty cookies, Joan! These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  10. Hi,
    We just found your blog. You have a great blog with yummy recipes. These cookies are very temping!! YUM!

    We are hosting our 2nd link party tomorrow and would like to invite you to link up with us.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye

  11. Gorgeous pink cookies! what’s not to love? 🙂

  12. I am definitely trying these out!!! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

  13. Our schools don’t allow home baked treats even in the elementary schools :(. Still, it was a shock, after 10 years in a row, to not be a “room mother” when my youngest went off to middle school. Maybe that’s why I send my son so many college care packages! I understand your sense of baking urgency :)I have been using different varieties of pudding mix in cookies but I haven’t tried jello yet. Your pretty pink cookies have convinced me. They sound great!

  14. It’s been a little too long since my last pudding cookie…I’m feeling the itch to get in my kitchen and bake some!! I love how pretty and pink these are. So fun to use cherry jello for the flavor too!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Are you using instant pudding or cook-type pudding?

  16. Oh yum! These are so pretty! I can relate to your sense of urgency too. My son’s friends still appreciate the homemade snacks that are always available at our house though – so keep that cookie jar and freezer well-stocked! lol

  17. I can’t wait to try these. I love the idea of a cherry flavored cookie, something I haven’t had before. The colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  18. What a super cute blog you have! Love these pink cookies. I hope you stop by to link sometime-

  19. check out delicious cookies. will have some!!!

  20. these are just so pretty! Too good to eat! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. They are so pretty. I need to make these for my grands. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  22. So totally original! I’m stopping by from Couponing & Cooking blog hop.
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. So cute! I bet these are delish! I’m going to have to try them this week for Valentines day! I’m your latest follower via the blog hop on “I should be mopping the floor”

  24. Anonymous says:

    Do you think this would work with other flavored jello?

    • Oh yes, Any flavor will work. I can tell you the Lime Jello will look a little dull in color, same goes for the Berry Blue. You can add a little food coloring to brighten them up. The flavors are still great!

  25. YUM!!! Do you think I could make these as a bar? What would you suggest for pan size and cooking time? Thank you!

    Audrey <3

  26. I love this for Valentine’s Day!

  27. I, of course, love these. 🙂 So amazing and gorgeous. I need to try your version with pudding and jello mix!

  28. I love these cookies Joan! I used the Jello in cookies and was supremely pleased with the result! Would love if you would share this at Iron Chef Mom-White Chocolate!

  29. Ok, so I HAD to try these. I made them and mine didn’t flatten out, they stayed as little lumps. Did you have to flatten yours? Mine were also really dry and flaky like there wasn’t enough moisture. HELP PLEASE!!!

    • Samantha, I’m so sorry. I didn’t have to flatten my cookies. Maybe cut back on the flour a bit. I spoon my flour into my measuring cups when I measure so it doesn’t pack down. The dough should be moist, like a chocolate chip cookie dough. Please let me know if you try them again. And how they turn out.

  30. What a pretty cookie! Love that you use jello for it – very interesting! I bet they did not last long at your house!

  31. Anonymous says:

    how many does this recipe make?

  32. I could only find white chocolate instant pudding for 1.1 ounces (32 grams). Should I add 2 more packages of the pudding?

    • Sounds like you found a concentrated pudding. The 3.3 ounce package I used makes 4 1/2 cup servings. If yours does the same, I’d stick with one package.

  33. Raspberry jello + chocolate pudding = super delicious!!

  34. How yummy looking and pretty these are Joan! Yes and kids do grow up way too fast, enjoy every moment though there’s always a new kind of fun around each corner!

  35. Would it be okay to use strawberry jello instead? Do you believe they would have the same color?

  36. Do you actually make the pudding or just use the powder in the recipe?

  37. Hello I found you on Pinterest and love your blog and these cookies look awesome!! I want to invite you my linky party so you can share some of your amazing recipes!! Hope to see you there!!

  38. Your cookies look awesome! I’m not a white chocolate fan, but I’m thinking “chocolate covered strawberries”. What do you think about using vanilla pudding to get the pink color still? and milk or dark chocolate chips

  39. My mom loves cherry chip cake with cherry chip frosting! Her birthday is coming up and I think she would enjoy these… I made them and they are delicious, but I think I need to add more cherry flavored jello for more cherry flavoring. Did you do the jello for color or flavor? She is a cherry freak and I am even thinking of chopping dried cherries up and adding them in, like I said her FAV

    • Hi Kursten, I used the Jell-O for both color and Flavor. Feel free to add more, it won’t hurt this recipe at all. I think the dried cherries would be a wonderful addition and take these cookies to the next level.

  40. Made these for Valentine’s Day and they turned out perfect! I used the 32g pudding (1 package) and it worked fine. Thanks for the idea! My daughter loved that they were pink.

  41. Do you think I could use a different flavor of jello and have it taste good?

    • The possibilities with these cookies are endless, you could use Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, probably any flavor Jell-o that you can find. Let me know what flavors combination you go with if you decide to make these!

  42. Anonymous says:

    How many cookies does the batter make?

  43. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought the cookies would have a cherry flavor. Perhaps the cherry jello was only used to achieve the pink color. I was disappointed.

  44. I just wanted to thank you for the recipe. I found you on pinterest. I made these yesterday and brought them into work today, which is perfect timing as DC celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival!

    I also thought that they would have more cherry flavor, but the pink color is what mattered most to me, so no big disappointment. I can’t wait to experiment with using different color jello as coloring in other cookies.

    I also am in awe of how the pudding mix (I assume it is due to the pudding mix) really kept the cookies puffy, thick, and chewy. I have the hardest time getting chocolate chip cookies to stay that way, despite adding appropriate amounts of baking powder or soda.

    Delicious, and a big hit at my office!

    • Beth, I’m so glad you liked them. The cherry taste is a subtle one, after 5-6 cookies you definitely know you’ve eaten cherry. I can tell you Lemon and Lime Jello are both very good in these cookies.
      We had our Cherry Blossom Festival 2 weeks ago here in Georgia. I should have made a batch to celebrate!

  45. I meant to answer Anonymous – I got 45 cookies using a tablespoon size cookie scooper.

  46. So probably a silly question but do you put the pudding in the mixture as just the powder? Or do you have to prepare the pudding & then mix it in?

  47. On this recipe do you just mix the pudding in as a powder? Or do you have to prepare the pudding then mix it in to the recipe?

  48. bethany leavitt says:

    Hi. So I tried a couple different cherry cookie recipes and I have to say that these were the best. But I didn’t have chocolate chips but Ihad white bakers chocolate that Imelted and drizzled over them. I also added chopped up marachino cherries. It was excellent. We sold them at a function to raise money for western iowa feral cat program. I just wanted to say thank you for these wonderful cookies!

  49. So these cookies look delicious. I tried them, but they cowpied. Any ideas why this might happen. I did refridgerate my dough before baking do you think that could be the cause?

    • Helen, I’m so sorry your cookies didn’t turn out. It may very well be because you refrigerated the dough, I’ll have to make up a test batch and let you know but the gelatin way set up will refrigerating.

  50. these look good

  51. I can’t find instant white chocolate pudding mix in the grocery store. They have every other kind. Can you use vanilla pudding mix?

    • Sarah, yes, you can use vanilla pudding mix in place of the white chocolate. I’m so sorry your store doesn’t carry the white chocoalte pudding mix, it really is yummy!

  52. Do you know how many cookies this recipe makes?

  53. Chelsea Mosley says:

    These ARE delicious! This is my first time baking pudding cookies and they turned out fantastic! Thank you for the great recipe.

  54. I really wanted to try these out butmI live in brazil and I can’t find the pudding mix 🙁 Is there something i could use instead or simply not use it?

  55. Hi, the only pudding mix I have on hand is the sugar free. Would that work just as well in this recipe? (this is the 1 oz 4 serving pkg). Thanks!

  56. Well I just tried these, after reading through the comments I decided to up the amount of cherry jello, I think it ended up being about 3Tbsp. Got a subtle cherry flavor and still a nice pink color. I reduced the flour to 2 1/4 cups since that’s what my regular choc chip cookie recipe uses and also used half butter and half crisco. I used a sugar free instant pudding mix since that was all I had on hand. We thought these cookies were fantastic! And so pretty for valentines day or a little girl’s party 🙂

  57. White chocolate is my favorite! I will be making these. Thank you

  58. I am making this for a Valentine day potluck at work using a box of sugar cookies mix and adding the cherry jello and the color is just beautiful. I know I cheated but I ran out of flour.

  59. Can you use sugar free

  60. Do you think Strawberry jello would work?

  61. Made these with semisweet chocolate chips instead, so they’d go nicely with red wine when I had the girls over. Also had to use vanilla pudding because I couldn’t find the white chocolate variety. These are deeeeelicious! Definitely a recipe to save!

  62. I was thinking of making these for my sisters wedding. About how many cookies or dozens does this batch make?

  63. These cookies look delicious, I would like to bake some, but I wonder what ingredient I could use instead of eggs? Can you please suggest.

  64. Sooooo delicious!!!

  65. Kaitlyn says:

    I’m so excited to make these cookies. I had a quick question….What state is the jello when added to the mix? Do I add it as a powder, liquid or set? Thank you!

  66. I made these cookies and although they taste fabulous, whenever I try and make a colored cookie they brown ever so slightly around the edge and pink and brown in a cookie is just not a good look! 😉 How do you avoid having that happen? I tried covering w/foil, but the foil stuck to the cookies. Thanks!

    • Sometimes you have to turn the temperature of the oven down. Lower and slower. Try reducing the heat by 25 degrees and adding a minute or 2 to your baking time.

  67. Wow, this looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I hope this will too good to eat.

  68. Thanks for the recipe. Its look delicious. I will try it.

  69. These have actually replaced chocolate chip cookies as my family’s favorite! Thank you!

  70. Karen Howard says:

    Oh Thank You so Much for this recipe. I’m planning on making these for Valentine’s Day, & wonder how they will do on a stick. Maybe if I bake them longer -say 5-7 min. or so & then check them. Wish me luck! : )

  71. There weren’t to many comments from those that made it. Most just say how pretty- I wanna make…
    Well I made them and here are my thoughts that may help others. First of all they are really good. With that being said here are some helpful hints. By the time you add eggs and vanilla they aren’t as pink- add food coloring! Next don’t be to afraid to substitute. My family isn’t a white choc. fan, so I put silvered almonds in. I used to different pans. the ones on my pampered chef stone did not flatten like the others on are regular aluminum pan. also stone pan required longer baking time

  72. Troy Sidwell says:

    These Are Awesome, They Remind Me Of “Mothers Circus Animal Cookies”
    Thanks For Sharing!

  73. Friend is having a birthday party this weekend and I’m going to try these, I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

  74. I made these a couple of months ago for a party and while everyone liked them, I thought they were greatly lacking in the cherry taste (I followed the recipe exactly, this was my first time making them). Should I try increasing the amount of Jell-O and if so, by how much? Thanks!


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