Vanilla Pudding Butterfinger Cookies
Hello, everyone. FIRST OF ALL. THIS IS MY TOMATO PLANT. I am unjustifiably proud of this ginormous weed that is currently prospering on the deck of my apartment. Yes, I do realize that successfully keeping alive a living thing is something that most everyone has accomplished at some point in their life. My luck in *somehow* managing to sustain life does in no way suggest I have any actual agricultural skills.
To me, right now is truly the most bittersweet time of the year. There are times when I can barely wrangle in my school excitement. I received my class roster for this year’s kindergarten class last week, and I actual squealed upon reading each individual name. I don’t even know these children. WHAT I MEAN IS THAT I AM NOT THEIR BEST FRIEND YET. Their tiny little faces and their absurd birth dates, LIKE BORN IN THE YEAR 2012, PEOPLE, just kill me. I am so eager to give them squeezes and hear about their favorite things. I also an quite excited about school supplies and my classroom. I’m in a new (LARGER) room this year. I recently hung up ice cream cone shower curtains as actual curtains – which basically tells you everything you need to know. These are fun and exciting and wonderful things. I sure do love school.
However, juxtaposed with all of this excitement also lies some sadness. I’m not ready to leave my nanny family yet. I love my sweet relationships with both kids, and there is no greater joy than to begin my day drinking an iced coffee and playing Barbies in my sweatpants or swimming around at the pool or looking for awesome new books at the library or making sprinkle waffles. Be still my heart. This is the good life.
Another somewhat sad aspect of the summer drawing to a close is that Sam, who has been living in town while interning for Wells Fargo, will soon be moving back to Iowa City to complete his senior year of college. While I knew Sam in college, we didn’t begin dating until I was student teaching in Des Moines, so we have never lived in the same while together. I will be the first to admit that, though I was ecstatic for him to move in with Allie and Braden (ONLY A MILE AWAY), I was also somewhat apprehensive. What if we annoyed each other? What if we realized that we didn’t actually like each other that much? (LOL) What if our daily living habits weirded each other out? What if he wanted to spend too much time with me? What if he wanted to spend too little time with me? I loved him so much, and the thought of messing anything up terrified me. AGHGHHGHGHGHGHGGH. Well, I shouldn’t have worried the tiniest little bit. This summer has been perfect.
Last week, I made these amazing cookies AND LET ME TELL YOU NO REGRETS HERE. Initially, when I saw this recipe on Pinterest from Sugar and Soul, I was incredibly excited. “OH MY GOSH,” I thought to myself. “SAMMY LOVES BUTTERFINGERS AND HE WILL BE SO EXCITED!!! Well, aren’t I just the best girlfriend ever or what??” I eagerly get to creating these chewy salty sweet masterpieces. When Sam calls to let me know that he is on his way home from work, I attempt to casually add this into conversation. V V fancy. “SOOOOOOooooOOOOoooOOO,” I VERY CASUALLY SAY, “you like butterfingers, right? I’m just whipping up a batch of butterfinger pudding cookies over here…” I here anticipated the response to be something along the lines of “WOW, I TOTALLY LOVE THOSE LITTLE GUYS YOU ARE THE ACTUAL BEST PERSON EVER AND THIS JUST MADE MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!” The actual response was, “not particularly.” So, there you have it.
BUT, I then took these to Grandma and Papa’s house the next day and Papa requested a weekly delivery. I THINK YOU WILL TOO. I’ve been loving cookies made with pudding mix lately. It adds such wonderful flavor and makes them all the much more chewy and delicious. As someone who has big love for a sweet and salty combo (check my nightly popcorn and m&ms routine), these cookies hit the spot! You won’t be able to stop snacking on these Vanilla Pudding Butterfinger Cookies, trust me.
Vanilla Pudding Butterfinger Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp., can microwave)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package of vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs and 1 additional egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag of mini butterfingers (crushed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and both sugars until creamy. Add in pudding mix, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl, combine flour baking soda, and salt. I’ve found that using a fork works best for this step!
Next, slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Once combined, use a spatula to gently stir in the butterfinger pieces.
Create balls of dough about 1 and 1/2 tablespoon in size and place on cookie sheet. For this step, I simply used a tablespoon measurement, scooped the dough so that it was heaping, then formed a ball in my hands.
Bake cookies for about 12 minutes.
TAKE TO YOUR GRANDMA AND PAPA.
Happy bittersweet end to summer to you! I hope your fall is filled with many wonderful things to look forward to, and that your summer has yielded many cozy happy memories.