Watergate Cookies

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If you like Watergate salad, you’ll love these Watergate cookies! This family favorite cookie recipe is loaded with pecan, coconut and pistachio and needs just one bowl!

If you like Watergate salad, you'll love these Watergate cookies! This family favorite cookie recipe is loaded with pecan, coconut and pistachio and needs just one bowl!

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Have you have heard of Watergate salad…  (which really isn’t salad, it’s more like dessert fluff similar to my Cranberry Millionaire salad or Ambrosia salad).  It’s delicious… and regardless whether it’s salad or not, Watergate ‘Salad’ is super yummy! It consists of pistachio pudding with nuts & coconut… how could it not be delish!!
If you like Watergate salad, you'll love these Watergate cookies! This family favorite cookie recipe is loaded with pecan, coconut and pistachio and needs just one bowl!

Recently I acquired some amazing boxes of vintage recipes and while searching for treasures, I came across a recipe for Watergate Cookies!  Not only is this cookie recipe ridiculously simple but I loved that it mimicked the flavors of the Watergate Salad and I knew immediately I had to try it. This recipe is a keeper for sure!

Not only is this yummy, it’s pretty much fool proof and needs only ONE BOWL!  That’s right, no mixers and no million things to wash.. ONE. BOWL.  ‘Nuff said.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Pistachio Pudding * Yellow Cake Mix * Coconut * Pecans *

Watergate Cookies

If you like Watergate salad, you’ll love these Watergate cookies! This family favorite cookie recipe is loaded with pecan, coconut, and pistachio and needs just one bowl!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box pistachio pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon-lime soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.
  3. Drop onto a parchment lined pan.
  4. Bake 9-11 minutes or just until edges are browned.

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If you like Watergate salad, you'll love these Watergate cookies! This family favorite cookie recipe is loaded with pecan, coconut and pistachio and needs just one bowl!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

26 comments on “Watergate Cookies”

  1. Can you leave out the coconut? I don’t like coconut .

  2. Can you freeze watergate cookies?

  3. Was this with sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut?

  4. Just made these and substituted gluten free cake mix. They are so yummy!

  5. Oh My! I found your recipe on Pinterest and had to make them for St. Patrick’s Day. They are WONDERFUL,! The crunch of the pecans and the chewiness of the coconut really make ones mouth happy. The color is nice. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What can be substituted for the lemon-lime soda?

  7. can u use diet lemon:lime soda?

  8. Thank you for this recipe and for all the others you share. They look absolutely delish !

  9. watergate cokies-is the pudding the instant kind?

  10. I just came across this recipe and it looks awesome. Question, do you use instant pudding ?

  11. OK. So I seriously want to run home and make cookies (I am at work…the establishment would probably frown upon that) But, really these look amazing. I would devour the red velvet cookies and my husband would die for the Watergate cookies. Thanks for the Valentine’s Day inspiration!

    • Aww thank you Becky! :) Both are great and easy… and we’re the same.. I’m all about the red velvet and my husband LOVES the Watergate Cookies! :)

  12. I just recently fell in LOVE with pistachios and I know I would absolutely INHALE these!!

  13. There’s something about pistachio pudding that is like no other and I bet it is amazing in these cookies!

    And no mixer, one bowl cookies…now that’s an automatic win!

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