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Good Luck Irish Cookies

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: 12 min./batch
  • Makes
    64 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and pudding mix until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. If desired, add food coloring. Whisk flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chips and nuts (batter will be stiff). Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough and shape into balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 102 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • jon.ruth.alumbaugh
    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.

  • fdesrocher
    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
    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
    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
    Nov 16, 2011

    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
    May 18, 2011

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

  • sd20
    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
    Feb 27, 2011

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

  • amybeth2985
    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!