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Banana Pudding Cookies – Perfect for Picnics with Nostalgic Flavor!

There is something nostalgic about banana pudding. It was an easy, quick dessert that everyone loved when I was growing up. It would adorn tables at potluck, be the perfect after dinner dessert, and the differences in recipes was always intriguing to me. Some people add cream cheese, some use different flavors of pudding, but no matter what, it was going to be good. Do you really want to take a fluffy, milk based dessert to a picnic on a hot day, however? The answer is no. So, with that in mind, I bring you, Banana Pudding Cookies!

banana pudding cookies

These cookies are good on their own, but I HIGHLY suggest you grab a bottle of whipped cream to add to the deliciousness!

Banana Pudding Cookies are easy to whip up and they’ll be devoured in no time, so make sure to make enough!

While this recipe doesn’t call for actual bananas, adding a half of a banana to the mix might make it super delicious. I think I will try that next time!

What is your favorite nostalgic dessert? I hope you enjoy these Banana Pudding Cookies!

Banana Pudding Cookies

Banana Pudding Cookies

Yield: 42 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Banana Pudding Cookies are the perfect picnic dessert because they are full of nostalgic flavor but not messy!


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg banana instant pudding and pie filling (3.4 oz.) dry from the packet, unprepared
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped vanilla wafers


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  2. In a bowl, blend together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and
  3. Once those are well incorporated, pour in the banana pudding dry mix, baking soda, and salt. Blend together.
  4. After those have been mixed, add flour a little bit at a time until it is well mixed.
  5. Next, pour in the chopped vanilla wafers. Fold those in the batter with a large spoon.
  6. On a greased cookie sheet, scoop the dough to form balls into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls, or you can use a cookie scoop.
  7. Bake each cookie sheet at about 8-9 minutes.
  8. When cooked, remove each cookie from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
  9. When cooled, serve, and enjoy!

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Wednesday 1st of March 2023

Made these for the grandkids, they loved them. I added mashed bananas in it which made the flavors really come out.


Thursday 16th of March 2023

That's a great idea!


Saturday 12th of November 2022

I cannot wait to make these! You mentioned you would use a banana. Can you detail how you would add it in?


Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Hi! The recipe doesn't call for a banana, but if you chopped one up and tossed it gently with the dough, I bet it would be good!

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