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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding

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My hubby is a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur, and these Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding met his high standards. Can you guess their secret ingredient???

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding| Soft, chewy with a secret ingredient!

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding

At our house, chocolate rules! It’s a toss up between decadent chocolate cookies and ordinary or jazzed up chocolate chip cookies like these, Layered Chocolate Chip Cookies.

My family is full of chocolate chip cookie fanatics, soft chocolate chip cookies to be specific. I bet I have at least a dozen different recipes on my blog. When I first started blogging, a dear friend from college told me about her version of chocolate chip cookies that always drew rave reviews.

The secret ingredient was instant pudding. I filed that away in my memory bank, which is a bit rusty at times.  When I saw a similar recipe on Hugs & Cookies XOXO, I knew I had to give Danielle’s Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding a shot.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding on a white dessert plate

Pudding Cookies

Well, the batter passed the tasting ultimate test…my batch may have been a few cookies short due to some quality control by the baker (not naming names here). Darn the temptation of raw cookie dough!

Then Nick sampled a couple of these soft chocolate chip cookies when he got home from work. Thumbs up from the youngest. Both Bill and Katie concurred. Katie loved that they were soft. She warms up day old cookies in the microwave to refresh them, and these didn’t necessarily need this step unless you like a bit of gooey chocolate in yours.

On day two they were still soft and the hubby continued to gush on about these pudding cookies as he added a few to his sack lunch. I was hesitant to use a package mix, but there was no residual artificial flavor. I think adding a good amount of real vanilla extract is key. I guess I’m going to have to keep a stash of instant vanilla pudding in my pantry from now on. P. S. I’ve just recently tried some Dark Chocolate Pudding Cookies which were also a huge hit with the family!

Hugs and Cookies Time

It’s time for the monthly installment of Two Sweetie Pies, the sweetest day of the month. On the Monday before our Secret Recipe Club reveal, my friend, Danielle, makes a recipe from my blog and I reciprocate. I hope you’ll give her soft chocolate chip cookies with a secret a try!

You can find Danielle on her blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXOFacebook, or Twitter.

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding | Soft, chewy with a secret ingredient!

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with a surprise ingredient.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  3. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Blend in the flour mixture.
  5. Stir in the milk chocolate chips until well dispersed.
  6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven until the edges are golden.



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14 comments on “Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding”

  1. I need these for my midnight snack, they look so soft and chewy!

  2. You always bake the prettiest cookies ! These cookies certainly look soft and chewy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Adding pudding sounds different and I’ll bet it bumps up the flavor:@)

  4. Lovely! I’m a big fan of soft cookies.



  5. So glad you enjoyed the secret ingredient! I now have many boxes of vanilla pudding sitting right next to my chocolate chips!!!! They look beautiful, Liz! xo

  6. It has been such a long time since I saw a cookie batter made with instant pudding. As I remember, they were usually quite good. So glad you rekindled this recipe, Liz. I’m saving it!

    Thanks for sharing…

  7. what a great secret ingredient! Love this idea of instant pudding!

  8. You know how I am about a good choc chip cookie ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I have to try these with your secret ingredient!!

  10. Looks like I’ve garnered another great recipe to bake up for all your Liz cookie fans at my husband’s MeetUps. You can bet I’m saving some for home ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Chocolate chips are by far my favorite cookie in the world. I would eat your whole batch… dangerous I know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lizzy,
    I’m always for a new great chocolate chip cookie. I pinned this, so don’t be surprised if you see again in the future.

  13. I am telling all your readers that these are by far are the best Chocolate Chip soft cookies I ever had! Baking the rest now and will post tomorrow.. omg everyone TRY THIS RECIPE!!!!! ITS AWESOME! THANKS Liz! Its a keeper! I hope I have a pan left to photograph! They are eating them faster than I can put them on the cookie sheet!

  14. I have not made cookies with pudding mix but have seen the recipe for something similar many times! I best be putting these on my list of cookies to try soon!

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