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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are chewy and soft in the best kind of way. This recipe makes a ton, perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors.

Plates filled with chocolate chip pudding cookies next to glasses of milk

Chocolate chip cookies are a topic of great debate in my family. Eric and my dad prefer thin and super crispy cookies – think Tate’s Bake Shop cookies.

In fact, they’re both obsessed with Tate’s cookies. I’ve tried my best to replicate them at home using the published Tate’s recipe and they’re just not the same.

Then there’s my mom’s boyfriend who will pretty much eat any cookie that crosses his path. And this girl, I’m kind of a fan of crisp edges with chewy centers – the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe will forever be my favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies arranged on a plate around a glass of milk

Needless to say, there’s not a single recipe that meets everyone’s cookie specifications, but come on, we’re talking about cookies here and the truth is, no one really passes them up either.

But if you’re the kind who loves super soft chocolate chip cookies? You have to try these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies.

Ingredients for chocolate chip pudding cookies arranged on a marble countertop

WHAT ARE CHOCOLATE CHIP PUDDING COOKIES?

I recently shared my recipe for homemade vanilla pudding and mentioned that I mostly use pudding mixes to bake with. 

In fact, I have a tendency to hoard pudding mix and baking chips like my life depends on it. 

You just never know when you’ll have a craving for Eclair Cake, Banana Cream Pie Fluff, or pudding cookies.

Don’t worry, pudding cookies aren’t cookies with actual pudding in the middle. It just means that the cookie dough includes a box of instant pudding mix!

Bowl of flour for pudding cooking surrounded by bowls of chocolate chips, brown sugar, and butter

WHAT DOES PUDDING MIX IN COOKIES DO?

But like…why? Why add pudding mix to cookie dough?

Pudding mix helps keep the cookies super soft and moist. It does the same thing in cookies as it does in doctored cake mix

Pudding mix is also a great way to add extra flavor. These Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies use vanilla pudding mix, but I’ve used Oreo pudding in Oreo pudding cookies and even pistachio pudding in pistachio pudding linzer cookies.

Spatula folding chocolate chips into pudding cookie dough

HOW TO MAKE THESE PUDDING COOKIES

The nice thing about making pudding cookies is that you mix them up just like most of the chocolate chip cookies you’re already used to making.

That’s right – the pudding mix works all of its magic but doesn’t add any extra steps for you in the process. 

Spatula in a metal bowl filled with chocolate chip pudding cookie dough

To make this particular recipe, you will need:

  • 4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Portioned balls of chocolate chip pudding cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, ready to bake

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set that aside.

With a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Then add in the eggs and vanilla, along with the pudding mix.

Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies lined up on a wire rack to cool

Grab a cookie scoop and portion out the dough. You can bake it right away or check out my instructions for how to freeze cookie dough. You’ll love having this cookie dough in the freezer for later!

This recipe makes a ton of soft, moist Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. Bake up a batch and share them with your friends and neighbors! 

White platter filled with chocolate chip pudding cookies, set on a marble countertop
White platter filled with chocolate chip pudding cookies, set on a marble countertop

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Yield: About 66 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are chewy and soft in the best kind of way. This recipe makes a ton, perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add in dry pudding mix, eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1.5 tablespoons), scoop cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on pan for about 3 minutes before carefully removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 66 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 163Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 26mgSodium 127mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 2g

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Barbara Tremblay

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Hi, all I have is one box of pudding of 3.4oz.Can I use that.

Deb Carmicheal

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I've been making these cookies with vanilla instant pudding for years...I love them. Tried French Vanilla pudding mix and it was just as good, too.

Carmen Montmarquet

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Thank You, these look so yummy, can't wait to try them!

Sabrina Brady

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Pudding is one of my fav!I followed your recipe and made this cookie!.My husband liked it.

Jamie

Thursday 13th of April 2017

I'm so glad, Sabrina!

Sally

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

These cookies are our favorite!  They are delicious and so soft and chewy!  The recipe is very easy and makes a lot of cookies!  Thanks for the recipe that is the one my family asks for repeatedly!

Jamie

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Sally- I am so happy to hear you love the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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