Watergate Cookies Recipe: A Cake Mix Cookie Recipe Inspired By a Vintage Dessert by Donna John

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Watergate Cookies Recipe: A Cake Mix Cookie Recipe Inspired By a Vintage Dessert

Watergate salad is an epic dessert in my family. Epic because my grandma made it, my mom makes it, I make it, my mother-in-law is a fan, my kids love it and it's one of the easiest dessert recipes on the planet to make. Sounds epic, right? My hat's off to whoever created Watergate Salad, which was created during the Watergate scandal. 

It was no surprise when this Watergate cookies recipe caught my eye. The fluffy dessert in cookie form? Sign me up. Watergate salad is a creamy mix of instant pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped topping, pecans and mini marshmallows. While this cookie does not use all the ingredients in the batter (no crushed pineapple, whipped topping or marshmallows), the flavor is there.

To make these chewy cake-mix cookie recipe you will need a box of yellow cake mix, a box of instant pistachio pudding mix, shredded coconut, pecans, eggs and vegetable oil.

These cookies are fun to snack on when you have a sweet tooth, or serve them after dinner for an easy dessert with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk.

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Cuisine: American 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 to 17 minutes
Servings: 24


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Recipe Notes

  • For the moistest cookies, do not over-bake.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter or in the pantry.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  2. Put balls of cookie dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  4. Remove the cookies to cool.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 151

Total Fat: 7.6g

Saturated Fat: 1.8g

Cholesterol: 31mg

Sodium: 170mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.7g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g

Total Sugars: 10.5g

Protein: 2.3g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 35mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 45mg

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Elisa Schmitz
What a festive and fun cookie, and so easy to make. My kind of dessert!

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