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My mom was the inspiration behind these soft and chewy maple nut cookies.  Growing up, I remember she’d treat herself every once in a while with a small bag of Brach’s maple nut goodies (and a celebrity gossip magazine).  Remember these?

You can still sometimes find them on the candy aisle – but my grocery store still has an old school Brach’s bin complete with flavored caramels, neopolitan coconut chews, and cinnamon bears (my personal favorite!).

It was mom’s birthday last week and I wanted to put a small box of these cookies in with her gift.  No matter how good these cookies turned out, I knew she wouldn’t want an entire batch of them sitting around her house.  There was a reason she always had a small bag of the candy from the bin and not a large one – too much risk of eating all of them in one sitting!

So, I split the batch between my mom and my friend J who just had a baby (yep, it’s a regular baby factory in my social circle right now).   While the candy is one of my mom’s favorites, it’s also an awesome autumn flavor combo (maple + nuts) so the cookies were a perfect seasonal dessert to go along with the dinner I cooked up for J and her family.

In case you’re wondering, the dinner I made for J was true comfort food:  chicken and rice.  One of my good buddies (Fun Girl Cooks) made this for me after I had my son and let me tell you, it is divine!  You would never know from the simple ingredients that it turns out so delicious, but trust me, it does.

Now, back to the cookies.  This was my standard pudding cookie recipe using vanilla pudding mix.  The only mix-in was about two cups of chopped maple nut goodies.  Simple as that.  The candy gets a bit melty when they cook which creates these chewy pockets of maple-y caramel and nuts within the soft cookies.  If it’s cooling off in your neck of the woods like it is in mine, these would be perfect paired with some hot apple cider or a cup of tea – enjoy!

Maple Nut Cookies

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 (3oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. maple nut goodies candy (roughly chopped)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended.  Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture.

Stir in the chopped candy.  Chill the dough for at least one hour.

Using rounded spoonfuls, place the dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheets (I like to use a silpat liner).

Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown.  They may still look a little under-done.  That’s okay, they’ll keep cooking on the tray as they cool.  Once they are comfortable to touch, transfer to a cooling rack.

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