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Blarney Stones Recipe

Blarney Stones Recipe

To top off the meal, Connie bakes these appropriately Irish cookies. "But they taste good anytime," she says. "You can even change the food coloring to fit other holidays."—Connie Lou Blommers, Pella, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:150 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Green food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugars, pudding mix and extracts until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add a few drops of green coloring if desired. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chips and nuts (batter will be stiff). Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Shape into 1/2-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. 150 servings, 2 per serving. Yield: 25 dozen.

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[email protected] User ID: 660734 261045
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"I just did a Field Editor review for this. Here is my cookie feedback, similar to others but different, too!

*I love raw dough. This dough raw is too sweet, even for me.
*I usually toast nuts so I added this step to the recipe. Toasting nuts, in my opinion, makes anything better.
*I baked some on parchment and some directly on the pan as the recipe instructions state. Of course, parchment is better but baked directly on the pan was okay, too.
*The cookie bakes well but, even baked, it's pretty sweet. I would decrease the butterscotch chips in favor of half the amount of any chip in a mini-chip instead.
*I made a double batch so had to incorporate the ingredients at the end (even though I have a KitchenAid 6 quart mixer) with my hands. I love using my hands to do this kind of stuff. Cathartic!
*This is a versatile recipe. You can try different kinds of puddings and chips as well as nuts. I like recipes like this.
*I omitted the green food coloring.
I still think that wherever I take them, they will be great! I made up a few dozen balls and bagged them for freezing and easy baking in the future."

[email protected] User ID: 2028937 17721
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"Everyone enjoyed these, especially the kids. The only problem I had was getting all of the chips to incorporate into the batter. Fun & tasty recipe for St. Pat's Day."

coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 38197
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"These are addictive! I left out the walnuts because I thought it might be too many flavors going on. They got gobbled up fast! I like the idea of trying different flavors of pudding and baking chips too."

justjofran User ID: 7170343 42974
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"A cookie that has become a St. Patrick's Day tradition. Everyone loves them, especially our grandchildren. For a little added sparkle and stoney look we dip the tops in raw sugar before baking."

mandan User ID: 1572295 38927
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011 Edited Feb. 10, 2017

"I make these larger and get about 100 small cookies. I use this recipe for lots of different flavors - vanilla pudding and chocolate chips, vanilla, coconut and mini chocolate chips, chocolate pudding and peanut butter chips, coconut pudding and coconut. Yhey are all really good. I just finished baking six batches of these cookies for a fundraising event."

webesmiley User ID: 1150323 16109
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Tasty little things! Everybody at work loved them. An easy recipe."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 45576
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"Wonderful and delicious and easy to make. Followed the recipe exactly except made them slightly larger then directed so added a minute or two on to the baking time. Made these for St. Patrick's Day yesterday and received lots of compliments..."

dmgnbs User ID: 4054189 201913
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Yummy! My family and friends love these cookies and one batch of the recipe makes a lot."

amybeth2985 User ID: 5686589 38877
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I made the Blarney Stone's this past St. Patrick's Day without any alterations to the original recipe, and it was such a huge success! It didn't make as many stones as it said, but I probably made them larger than suggested. I'm using this recipe for a Christmas party and plan on using red and green dye for the holiday theme. Thanks for sharing such a yummy, fun and versatile recipe!"

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