This Cookie Salad is a simple, easy recipe that can work as a dessert or a side dish. Mandarin oranges and pineapples are mixed in a fluffy, whipped pudding and topped with Fudge Stripe Cookies. Trust us, it works!
Why You Will Love Cookie Salad
- SIMPLE, QUICK AND EASY – Only 6 common ingredients and a couple minutes of prep to make this delicious concoction. You really should refrigerate it for a couple hours, but you can serve it immediately in a pinch.
- KID FRIENDLY – With the fun colors and topped with cookies, this is a recipe that all ages will enjoy!
- PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION – Great for cookouts, picnics, pitch ins, potlucks, tailgating, game day parties or any festive occasion. Guests can serve themselves and it’s great to feed a crowd!
Is A Dessert Salad Really A Salad?
Well… probably not. But, especially here in the Midwest, a lot people call mixtures of fruit and whipped toppings “salads”. Some of our favorites are the 5 CUP FRUIT SALAD, FROG EYED SALAD, HAWIAAN CHEESECAKE SALAD AND PEACH PRETZEL SALAD.
Cookie Salad Recipe
This is so easy! Really just mix all the ingredients together and then top with the cookies. For step-by-step instructions, check out printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started.
- INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING MIX – Vanilla Pudding Mix is best in this recipe. But other flavors such as French Vanilla, Banana Cream, Cheesecake, Coconut Cream or Lemon could work too.
- BUTTERMILK – Buttermilk is desired in this recipe. But you can certainly use regular milk, although it will be a little thinner and not as rich. Or, you could make your own buttermilk.
- WHIPPED TOPPING – Any brand of whipped cream will do. We use Cool Whip. Make sure it’s fully thawed.
- CRUSHED PINEAPPLE – Make sure you drain it from the can. You can also use Pineapple Tidbits or Pineapple Chunks if you’d like.
- MANDARIN ORANGES – Again, well drained.
- FUDGE STRIPEED COOKIES – You can crumble them, crush them or keep them whole and insert them into the top of the salad.
Storage, Serving and Freezing
Make sure you wait to put the cookies on top until right before serving. They will start to get soft overtime and loose their satisfying crunch. The cookies also come into play with storage. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator. But, again, the cookies will start to soften immediately. If you don’t think you’ll eat all of this at one time, I’d only put the cookies on the portion you are serving.
I would not freeze cookie salad.
Notes, Tips and FAQs
- USE DIFFERENT COOKIES – This recipe is usually made with Fudge Striped Cookies. But you can use anything you’d like. Oreos would work. Or really all sorts of different Pepperidge Farm Cookies. Or, if you don’t like chocolate, use Vanilla Wafers.
- ADD ONS – Make this recipe even more fun by adding: Sliced Bananas, Shredded Coconut, Mini Marshmallows or mini Pretzels.
- MAKE IT INTO A PIE – Use this recipe as a pie filling. Just dump the mixture into a graham cracker crust or chocolate crust and layer on top with you cookies! Top with a dollop of whipped cream!
We hope you enjoy this Cookie Salad Recipe. Please let us know how it turns out in the comment section. Happy Eating.
LOOKING FOR MORE FUN DESSERT RECIPES? CHECK OUT:
- CARAMEL APPLE SALAD
- PINEAPPLE PRETZEL SALAD
- PINEAPPLE SUNSHINE CAKE
- BANANA PUDDING POKE CAKE
- NO BAKE BANANA CREAM PIE
- 1 small box 3.4 oz, instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 small tub 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- 1 can 20 oz, crushed pineapple, drained well
- 1 can 10-11 oz, mandarin oranges, drained
- 10 fudge stripe cookies
- Add pudding and buttermilk to a bowl and whisk well.
- Fold in whipped topping and stir.
- Add pineapple and oranges and mix until combined well.
- Place into a serving bowl and cover. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, break apart cookies and crumble them on top of the cookie salad. Serve.