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If you love banana desserts but want something more unique, this recipe is for you. Banana Pudding Cookies are soft, chewy, and full of rich banana flavor and sweet white chocolate chips.
It costs approximately $7.19 to make these Banana Pudding cookies. The recipe makes forty servings, which costs around $0.17 per serving.
The cookies have a smooth and tender texture bursting with banana flavor. We use pudding to add a creamy soft cookie dough that bakes to golden perfection that is moist and chewy. With only twenty minutes of baking, these cookies will be ready to enjoy in less than ninety minutes.
What You’ll Love About This Banana Cookies Recipe
- Unique flavor: The rich banana flavor from the pudding mix and the sweetness from the white chocolate chips creates a refreshingly sweet treat that is hard to resist. They are a fun twist on a traditional cookie.
- The texture: These cookies have a soft, chewy texture with a slightly crispy outer edge and a tender center.
- Versatile treat: Serve these cookies as an afterschool snack, at a bridal shower, baby shower, or summer BBQ, or bring them to a potluck. They are fabulous for any occasion and always a crowd-pleaser.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour – $0.27
- 3.4 oz box instant banana pudding mix – $0.89
- 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
- ½ teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 1 cup unsalted butter – $2.24
- ¾ cup brown sugar – $0.43
- ¼ cup granulated sugar – $0.09
- 2 large eggs – $0.46
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.50
- 12 oz bag white chocolate chips – $2.29
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in July 2023.
How To Make Banana Cookies
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then line the baking sheets with silicone mats.
- Next, whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Then, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy.
- Beat in the vanilla extract, followed by the eggs, one at a time.
- Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until combined, and then stir in the white chocolate chips.
- Divide the batter using a cookie dough scoop onto the baking sheets and bake for eight to ten minutes.
- Finally, let the cookies cool for two minutes on the tray before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Banana Cookies Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Nutty Banana Cookies: Add chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans to the cookie dough for a crunchy texture and added flavor. Mix them in along with the white chocolate chips.
- Banana-Oatmeal Cookies: Replace 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 cup of rolled oats. The oats will add a chewy texture to the cookies.
- Banana Split Cookies: Fold additional mix-ins like diced dried bananas, mini chocolate chips, and chopped maraschino cherries to give the cookies a fun banana split-inspired twist.
- Chocolate Banana Cookies: Swap the white chocolate chips with semisweet or dark chocolate chips to create a richer and more intense chocolate flavor that pairs well with the banana.
- Banana Coconut Cookies: Add shredded coconut to the dough and with the white chocolate chips for a tropical twist.
- Cinnamon Banana Cookies: Incorporate one teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the dry ingredients to give the cookies a warm and aromatic flavor.
- Banana Peanut Butter Cookies: Mix in ¼ to ½ cup of creamy peanut butter to the cookie dough for a delightful combination of flavors.
- Vegan Banana Cookies: Replace the butter with plant-based butter or coconut oil. Use a flax egg (one tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with three tablespoons of water) as an egg substitute for a vegan-friendly version.
Serving and Storage Tips
SERVE: Enjoy the banana cookies warm or at room temperature.
STORE: Keep the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days to maintain freshness.
FREEZE: To freeze, place the cookies in a freezer-safe airtight container or Ziploc bag. Freeze them for up to three months.
THAW: Thaw at room temperature for 60-90 minutes before enjoying.
Banana Pudding Cookies Recipe FAQs
It is all about the ingredients. White sugar creates a crispier texture, while brown sugar creates a chewier cookie. This recipe uses both sugars with a higher ratio of brown sugar.
The secret to keeping your cookies from drying out after baking them is properly storing them. Store the cookies in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag for the best results.
Our recipe uses one not-so-secret-secret ingredient as a shortcut to achieve that delicious banana flavor. We use banana-flavored pudding since we don’t always have ripe bananas. The banana pudding mix is mixed with flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and white chocolate chips.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Have your kiddos add in the white chocolate chips. Once the cookies have finished baking and cooling, let them help you transfer them to a serving platter. Work on counting skills and count the cookies as you stack them on a platter for serving.
Ages 4-5: Let your child measure the flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients. This is a fantastic way to develop math skills and build confidence as they feel responsible for playing an important role in creating the recipe.
Ages 6-8: Ask your child to scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets. This will give them hands-on experience and a sense of accomplishment as they complete this important task.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Make a double batch of cookies to maximize the ingredients and save on time and future baking. You can freeze the extra cookies to use later or share them with family, neighbors, and friends.
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- baking sheets
- wire rack
- mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- cookie scoop
- 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 3.4 oz box instant banana pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
- Move the oven rack to the middle position.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
PREP BAKING SHEETS:
- Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
MAKE COOKIE DOUGH:
- Whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy.
- Beat in vanilla extract.
- Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl each time.
- Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until combined, don’t overbeat.
- Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Divide batter using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set and lightly golden brown. These cookies are best a little under-baked.
COOL AND SERVE:
- Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.