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Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies

These Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies are chewy soft, deliciously lemony, and have the best lemon glaze. Perfect for spring, summer, and sharing with friends.

Lemon Pudding Cookies with Lemon Glaze and White Chocolate Chips
Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies

Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies

For all the not-so-secret lemon admirers out there, these lemon pudding cookies are for you.

You might be lucky enough to have thriving lemon trees in your yard, with a beautiful mess of fresh lemons to use and share. Perhaps you’re the fortuitous friend who is gifted lemons by the bulk from your citrus tree-owning pal. Or, if you’re like me, your climate offers no such luck but you happily make up for it by eating all the lemony treats. Lemon cookies, anyone?

My philosophy: get lemons by the bag and then figure out what to do with them. Get first, think later. Thankfully, we won’t have to think beyond a nanosecond, because these lemon pudding cookies are the unmistakable answer.

These lemon pudding cookies promise to deliver:

  • They’re chewy soft and stay that way for much longer than most cookies
  • They have just the right balance of lemony tartness and sweetness
  • There’s a certain amazing lemon glaze with invigorating flavor
  • We repeat: you won’t want to skip the glaze on this one. Trust…
Lemon Pudding Cookies with Lemon Glaze and White Chocolate Chips
Soft-batch style lemon cookies

The proof is in the [lemon] pudding

Pudding cookies are about to become your favorite kind of cookies for sharing with friends and family. Here’s why: pudding cookies have a knack for staying fresh and chewy-soft for days. If you were around during the soft-batch chocolate chip cookies craze, you get why they grew so popular so fast.

The secret: one little box of instant pudding in dry form. Simply add it to your cookie dough and taste the transformation – your cookies will take on unbelievable flavor and chewy soft texture.

Pro Tips

  • Soften the butter just to a moderate room temperate; be sure it doesn’t sit out too long and become overly soft. It should still have enough structure to “cream” with sugar.
  • Chill the dough before rolling them into balls. This will ensure a nice, thick cookie you’ll love sinking your teeth into.
  • This is one of our favorite types of cookie dough to freeze and bake later. The dough keeps well in the freezer for several weeks.
  • White chocolate chips are optional but outstanding in these cookies. They’re not just for looks, as cute as they may be.
Lemon Pudding Cookies with Lemon Glaze
The lemon glaze seals the deal

Don’t skip The Lemon Glaze

This super easy and lemony glaze adds such a zesty and tangy depth to these Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies.

Lemon zest is added into the glaze for extra flavor. The cookies themselves are quite delicious on their own, but if you’re going to make lemon cookies, this glaze offers an extra dose of tart-yet-sweet flavors.

Aside from a fresh lemon, all you need is a bit of milk and powdered sugar to make this dazzling glaze a reality.

Lemon Pudding Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Chewy soft, with the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

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Lemon Pudding Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies

5 from 13 reviews

These Soft Lemon Pudding Cookies are chewy soft, with a delicious soft-batch texture. They’re supremely lemony, with the most amazing lemon glaze. Make the dough ahead of time if you like; it freezes nicely.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 38 mins

Yield: 36 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened just to room temp
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant lemon pudding, dry
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 23 TB milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together well and set aside.
  2. In bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar on medium high, until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes.
  3. Add pudding mix and beat until incorporated. Add eggs and lemon extract, blending well.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture. Using rubber spatula, fold dry and wet ingredients together just until fully incorporated. Add the white chips and mix into the dough. If it gets too hard to mix, use clean hands to work the dough, as dough will be a bit sticky. Cover tightly and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. 
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining glaze ingredients in a bowl and stirring until mixture is smooth and has a glaze-like consistency. 
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Form 1 inch balls of dough and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or just until edges look golden brown. Cookies may seem slightly underdone, but they will firm up upon cooling. Don’t over bake.
  7. Cool on baking sheet about 10 minutes, and remove to wire rack to finish cooling. Drizzle glaze onto cooled cookies. 

Notes

These cookies keep very well at room temp in an airtight container. Unbaked dough can be tightly wrapped up and frozen for several weeks. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 178
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 205.1 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.9 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Lemon Cookies, Lemon Pudding Cookies, Pudding Cookies

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25 comments

    • Rainy

    These were amazing! This recipe is definitely a keeper. I didn’t put the glaze on and used fresh lemon juice and zest instead of the artificial stuff. Came out moist, soft and chewy. Perfect cookie, thanks for sharing.

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you liked these cookies, Rainy! They’re a favorite around here.

    • Amanda

    I just made these today. Beautiful cookies, and delicious. I will make many more in the future. ❤️❤️

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you liked these!

    • Michele

    Hi, these look and sound amazing!!. Do you think I could use fresh lemon juice instead of extract? Thanks!

    • Cathleen

    Pudding cookies are the best, and this one looks so good! I’m sure they won’t last long here. Bookmarked to make this weekend, thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

    • Loreto and Nicoletta

    I absolutely love anything lemon, These look amazing. I can almost smell the aroma. They must be so mousst and soft. Just need a nice cold glass of milk and I am set! Yum!

    • Amy

    I’ve only made chocolate chip pudding cookies so I can’t wait to try this recipe. We love lemon desserts so I know they will be a hit at our house. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Kate

    Many thanks for sharing this Cookie recipe. We love cookies in our family. A must try for us. 🙂

    • kushigalu

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavor and these pudding keeps cookies so moist and flavorful. Loved it. I am making this again tonight.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so glad you love these!

    • Erin

    I definitely won’t skip the glaze! And wow, these look just like something my grandparents would have made. I bet these cookies are amazing!

    • Cooking with Carbs

    I completely agree with buying lemons in bulk. Lemon goes well with so many meals and desserts! My husband will love these since he loves soft and chew cookies. I’ll have to try this!

    • Aleta

    I feel the exact same way about lemon. I am ALLLLL about the lemon; lemon everything! These cookies are the best thing I’ve added to my list of lemon favourites in a long time – thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Beth

    I’m truly a fan of lemon flavor, and I can see that with the lemon pudding, extract and zest that these would be just irresistible, yum!

    • Adriana Lopez

    The addition of the pudding is genius. My cookies turn out fantastic, and everyone loved them. Now I need to bake another batch.

      • chewoutloud

      SO happy everyone liked them!

    • Kate

    These cookies were incredibly soft and chewy. I have a batch left in my cookie jar, I can’t wait to have some more.

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, so happy you liked them!

    • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love lemon recipes! Your cookies are so chewy! I’m sure it taste great and smells really good because that’s what lemons are capable of doing. And the lemon glaze made it perfect!

      • chewoutloud

      Awww, thank you so much, Maureen! Have a great 4th soon 🙂

    • KCole’s Creative Corner

    I’m sure that the pudding keeps those cookies so moist and flavorful. Lemon is definitely my favorite flavor, so these look like heaven on a plate to me. Great recipe! LOVE those white chocolate chips in this!

    SO, I recently made a southern cooking and baking blog that shows you how to make simple southern meals.
    http://kcolescreativecorner.com is the link
    I’d really greatly appreciate it if you would check it out.
    Thanks so much chew out loud! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds awesome and love your idea! Thanks for coming over today 🙂

    • erika

    These cookies look amazing Amy! I LOVE anything lemon-flavoured so must give these a try! Thanks for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for the nice comment, Erika! Hope you love these as much as we do 🙂

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