This Classic Cookie Salad recipe is made with Cool Whip, Buttermilk, Mandarin Oranges, Instant Vanilla Pudding and Fudge Striped Cookies. It’s the perfect dessert salad to bring to parties and the kids love it!
You know those recipes that you grew up on and were a staple at every family gathering? This classic Cookie Salad recipe is one of them. I can totally see why. It’s ridiculously easy and everyone always loves it, especially the kids! It’s stuffed with juicy mandarin oranges and crunchy fudge striped cookies, plus light and fluffy from the Cool Whip!
The debate is really, why do we call this a salad? I don’t have an answer. Around the Midwest salads aren’t just those healthy ones there are also Jell-O salads, pudding salads or combine them and just call them dessert salad, except we serve them as a side to the main dish.
I really bet you are actually jealous about this because then you get TWO Desserts technically. Everyone always wants an excuse for more desserts, right? I bet that’s how this got started. Someone wanted two desserts 😉
Cookie Salad Recipe
I’m going to go ahead and call whoever thought up of the dessert salad thing a genius.
Or maybe they just had kids and couldn’t get them to eat anything and that’s how it was born. I totally get that too!
Except, all my recipes would be centered around Mac & Cheese for Rylin and toast for Miss K.
Why can’t they at least like the same thing? I’m not sure I can combine those two favorites and make something delicious with them!
Ingredients Need for Cookie Salad
- Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Cool Whip
- Mandarin Oranges
- Fudge Striped Cookies
How to Make Cookie Salad
This is so simple I’m pretty sure my six year old could do it so that means you can too!
First grab a mixing bowl and combine buttermilk and pudding mix until smooth. If you don’t have buttermilk here’s a great buttermilk substitute!
Fold in Cool Whip and mandarin oranges.
If you are serving immediately add crushed cookies, but if you aren’t serving it for a while cover and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and mix in chopped cookies.
If you add the cookies when you make it and serve it later the cookies will get soggy and no one wants a soggy cookie!
More Pudding Salad Recipes
- Strawberry Banana Pudding Fluff
- Oreo Fluff
- Caramel Apple Snickers Salad
- Watergate Salad
- Yummiest Fruit Salad
- 1 c. Buttermilk
- 1 3.4 oz Box Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- 1 15 oz Large Can Mandarin Oranges drained (You can also use apples and cut those up or both!)
- 1 c. Fudge Striped Cookies chopped
- Whip together buttermilk and instant pudding.
- Fold in Cool Whip and mandarin oranges. Add cookies if serving immediately. If not serving immediately cover and store in refrigerator. When it's time to serve add cookie and mix until combined.