Before we get to these cookies, can we talk Real Housewives? Y’all know I have always been a Real Housewives fan. Since the first season of Orange County which was, what? 8 years ago? Yeah, I’m a big fan.

But I am so disappointed with every city these days. It seems like the longer someone is on a show, the more crap they have to promote. I swear New Jersey is 100% promotions these days. Bakeries, books, music, strange bottles of black water…? I mean, we haven’t seen a good ham game played in years. And no one’s been called a “prostitution whoraaa” in a way too long. I just want to go back to the good ol’ days  – is that too much to ask?

So cookies.

I’ve seen cookies made with pudding mix around the interwebs for years now but I never have pudding in the house and I don’t ever plan to make cookies when I’m working on my grocery list. But I somehow ended up with pudding in my pantry this week and new it was time to finally try these cookies.

They’re so good! They don’t really taste different from a normal chocolate chip cookie but they are super soft, just how I like my cookies. I’m really happy that I finally got around to trying them and hopefully I remember to stock up on pudding so I can try different versions. Definitely make these if you’re a fan of soft cookies!

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift together flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in pudding mix and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to fold in chocolate chips. Take heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, roll into balls, and place on prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches space between each one. Bake at 350F for 8-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until light golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together flour and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in pudding mix and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated. Add chocolate chips and beat just until they are incorporated.
  5. Roll into 1" balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350F for 8-12 minutes.
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