Working with Cookies for Kids Cancer is a fantastic organization and is reason alone to be a part of this fabulous cookie swap, but I also get to share this experience with a number of other bloggers to bring all of you our favorite cookies. Like this one!
I’ve been making these chocolate chip pudding cookies ever since an old friend’s mom gave me the pudding secret. At the time the pudding phenomenon was unheard of and it used to be “our secret ingredient.” Now everyone is hip to the wonderful ingredient that keeps these cookies so soft.
I’ve spent a few years perfecting this recipe, but we finally found my favorite techniques through lots of trial and error. So I want to share them with you!
4 special tips for making perfect chocolate chip pudding cookies every time:
- Make sure to cream the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar for the allotted amount of time. When you cream the butter and sugar together the sugar cuts into the butter and creates air pockets. This is what makes the cookies bake tall and not spread everywhere. It also makes them so thick and chewy!
- Measure the flour correctly. To measure it perfectly, spoon the flour into the measuring cup then scrape it off the top.
- Use parchment paper! A silicone baking mat works well too, but I swear by parchment. It creates even baking and the cookies stay thick and chewy the whole time.
- Use 1/4 cup of cookie dough for each cookie. Yes, that’s a lot of cookie dough! But it’s what makes them so perfect and thick. You’re going to feel like it’s a lot but don’t worry, it’s the perfect amount. I like to roll my dough into a rustic looking ball, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
- Place chocolate chips on top when they come out of the oven. There’s a good amount of chocolate chips in the batter, but adding a few more chocolate chips to the top of the cookie right when you pull them out of the oven makes them look perfect! That way the outside matches all the yummy and gooey cookie on the inside🍪
The best part of these chocolate chip pudding cookies? They’re quick! They only take around 10 minutes in the oven, a few extra to cool and you’re ready to dunk in a big glass of milk! They’ll look a little undercooked when you take them out of the oven, but I promise they will finish cooking on the baking sheet. I always like my cookies just barely cooked so they are extra soft.
The recipe makes about 14 cookies, so if you’re making them for a party or family I recommend doubling it to take to your event. But if not, I like to freeze the dough so I’m ready to take fresh baked cookies anywhere at the last minute. I always double this recipe when I make it so I can freeze half of the dough.
But this time, I doubled it so I could send it to three fellow bloggers:) I packed them up, tied them with a bow and sent them on their way in the hopes to bring Christmas cheer to others across the country!
I think this recipe holds the perfect amount of chocolate chips. There’s plenty of chocolate in every bite! The dough is thick enough to hold all the good stuff, so if you’re a chocolate lover feel free to add more.
I know most people have their own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. But just in case you don’t, I highly recommend this one:).
They’re so soft, extra chewy, deliciously-buttery and oozing with melted gooey chocolate. They make your house (or apartment in my case) smell magical and they melt in your mouth right out of the oven. This recipe is unfailing and you can always count on it to bake someone’s day, get some compliments at a party or as a pick me up just because.
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3.4 ounces vanilla instant pudding mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- Using a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until light and creamy, at least 3 minutes. Do not skip this step. Once combined, add the pudding mix, vanilla and eggs and beat on high for 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and turn the mixer on low to start so the flour doesn't get everywhere. Turn the mixer up to high and mix until combined. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and repeat until dough is just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir with a rubber spatula until incorporated.
- Drop cookies by ¼ cup onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly golden and just set on the top. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.