Harry Potter Butterbeer Cookies

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These butterbeer cookies are so yummy and make the perfect treat for Harry Potter fans! Whip up a batch for your Harry Potter party, movie night or just a fun wizard themed dessert!

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Harry Potter butterbeer cookies on white plate

Ever since we went to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Universal Studios a few years back, my youngest and I have been a little obsessed with butterbeer. It was the first time we’d ever tried it and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let’s just say that it didn’t disappoint!

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Butterbeer at Universal Studios

After that, I came up with my own copycat butterbeer recipe and more recently, butterbeer fudge. Now I’m moving on to the cookies because who wouldn’t want to eat cookies that have a magical Harry Potter twist, right?

Why we love this recipe

We’re always looking for fun Harry Potter party ideas, especially recipes. These cookies aren’t just for parties though. They’re also the perfect treat for movie nights, book clubs or just a fun surprise for your little Harry Potter fan.

Plus, since they’re made with cake mix and other ingredients you probably have on hand already, it’s super easy to whip up a batch.

Ingredients and variations

Cake Mix – Cookies with cake mix are always so easy so love using it whenever we get the chance!

Butterscotch Pudding – In the Harry Potter books, the three key ingredients in butterbeer are butterscotch, sugar and water. This pudding gives our cookies that all-important butterscotch flavor.

Eggs & Butter – Because all good cookie recipes have eggs and butter, right?

Rum Extract – A little rum extract goes a long way so we use just a little to complement the flavor of the butterscotch.

Butterscotch Chips and White Chocolate Chips – These are our go-to chips for our Harry Potter cookies but you can also add some variety with caramel chips or toffee bits.

How To Make Butterbeer Cookies

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the cake mix and pudding together.

Cake mix and pudding mix in bowl

Step 2: Beat butter, eggs and rum extract on medium speed.

Step 3: Once the wet and dry ingredients are completely blended, fold in the white chocolate and butterscotch chips. Mix well.

Butterscotch and white chocolate chips for butterbeer cookies

Step 4: Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop or spoon and form into balls. Drop dough balls on your prepared baking sheet and press down slightly.

Butterbeer cookie dough on cookie sheet

Step 5: Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown but the center is still soft. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer cooled cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Butterbeer cookies on plate with red and white napkins

These butterbeer pudding cookies will be so much fun for your next Harry Potter movie night! There’s no better way to watch them than with butterbeer inspired foods.

Butterbeer cookies with red and white napkin

If you really want to go all out, try placing a scoop of vanilla ice cream in between two cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. Another tasty idea? Crumble the cookies over the ice cream, then drizzle with butterscotch sauce!

Check back soon because I have chocolate frogs, acid pops, treacle tarts and pumpkin juice on the way. Scroll to the end for more recipes, crafts and party ideas inspired by the book series and movies!

Butterbeer cookies on white plate
4.68 from 196 votes

Butterbeer Cookies

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
These delicious butterbeer cookies are super easy to make and the perfect cookie recipe for your Harry Potter party or movie night!




  • Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the cake mix and butterscotch pudding mix together.
    1 box yellow cake mix, 1 box butterscotch pudding
  • Add eggs, unsalted butter, and rum extract and stir to combine.
    2 large eggs, 3/4 cup butter, 1 tsp rum extract
  • Fold in the white chocolate and butterscotch chips.
    1/2 cup white chocolate chips, 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • Scoop the dough and form into balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and press down slightly.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown but the center is still soft. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.



  • You can use instant or regular butterscotch pudding for your cookies.
  • Store your cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or on a plate covered in plastic wrap.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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  1. judith dolan says:

    Did you instant pudding or cook and serve pudding in this recipe?

    1. This recipe used instant pudding but since you don’t actually cook the pudding, I would assume you could use either 🙂

  2. Jessica Fountain Hernandez says:

    Can we use the recipe and make them into a cookie bar instead?

    1. I don’t see why not! I think that’s a great idea. I haven’t tried it but I’d love for you to let us know how it turns out!

    2. Would you be willing to test out a recipe? I don’t see any butterbeer cookie bar recipes. I winder if you’d use less flour to make it like a blonde?

    3. That’s a great question! I can’t promise when I’ll do it but it does sound like a great idea! I’ll try to make it sometime soon 🙂

    4. I am really wondering this too.

  3. Paige Starkey says:

    Can you freeze these? I’m going to a convention in July and wanted to take these as a treat but I will be out of tow other than 2 days prior to the convention.

    1. I have never tried freezing the finished cookies. If you have time, I’d suggest freezing the batter (you can even form it into cookie sized balls beforehand to save even more time). Take them out of the freezer as soon as you get home and let the dough thaw. Then you can bake them and bring them along to the convention. Hope that helps!

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I have all the ingredients & want to try making these. My concern is whether to use instant or cook pudding mix? I don’t want to waste the other ingredients finding out the hard way! Your advice on this would be very much appreciated!

    1. I’m so sorry I didn’t see this sooner! You can use either kind of pudding mix for this recipe 🙂

  5. Bunny Redenbaugh says:

    5 stars
    Just made the butterbeer cookies for the first time and they are so good. My granddaughter loves Harry Potter and I think she will love the cookies too. They are so easy that I will teach her how to make them. Thanks for the recipe! 😘

    1. You’re so welcome! I’m really glad you’re enjoying them and hope your granddaughter has fun making them too!

  6. Rrebeccajomclaughlin says:

    5 stars
    I found 10 minutes worked best on mine! Thank you they were delicious!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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