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Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies made with instant vanilla pudding mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pudding Mix, Secret Ingredient, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 80
Cost 5


  • 2 sticks salted butter (230 grams)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (240 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package instant vanilla or lemon pudding mix (3.4 oz size)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (500 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sprinkles optional


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and dry pudding mix. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart (I rolled mine into 1 1/4 inch balls) onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar or skip the sugar and the glass and just press down and add sprinkles.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.


** If using unsalted butter, add a ¾ teaspoon of salt to the creamed mixture
For a half batch, use 1 stick butter, ½ cup each – oil, sugar, powdered sugar, 1 egg, ½ tsp. vanilla, 1/3 cup pudding mix (or weigh out 1.7 oz), 2 cups flour, ½ each cream of tartar and baking soda.