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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!