Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies #TwoSweetiePies

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

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

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies {with a secret ingredient}

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 a shot.

A Winning Recipe!

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 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.

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.

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

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves 3 dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins

Soft, chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies with a secret ingredient. Adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO


  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4-ounce package) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or discs)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars, Beat in the pudding mix, then stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Blend in the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop up tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into balls. They should be approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until barely golden brown


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1711kcal Calories from fat 897
% Daily Value
Total Fat 100g 154%
Saturated Fat 60g 300%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 269mg 90%
Sodium 688mg 29%
Carbohydrate 202g 67%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 116g
Protein 19g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies | Soft, chewy with a secret ingredient!

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  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 🙂

  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. claudia lamascolo says:

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

  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    You know how I am about a good choc chip cookie 😉

  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 🙂

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

  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. claudia lamascolo says:

    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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