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Soft and Chewy Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my family. There is a secret ingredient that makes them extra good!

stack of soft chocolate chip cookies with more on cooling rack in the background

     Chocolate chip cookies that are the perfect mix of soft and chewy. They have big vanilla flavor and lots of chocolate. There is pudding mix hidden inside that gives them great texture and makes them super delicious. So get your glass of milk ready, it’s cookie time!

     To be honest, before this batch I hadn’t had these cookies in years.  But there was an era in my family where these were an absolute staple.

   My brother, Clint, was one of those kids who was in high school when September 11th happened.  He and a bunch of his friends instantly new as soon as they graduated they would join the services.

   And join they did.  It was one of those moments that made you proud and scared at the same time.

Mixer bowl filled with chocolate chip cookie dough with pudding mix inside.

    As he went of to Marine boot camp in California, we had been strictly warned against sending any sort of treats.  Only send letters, and even then keep them simple.

   Don’t do anything that draws attention and definitely don’t do anything that might make him stand out… standing out in boot camp is not a good thing.

     But as he moved on to his MOS school in Texas for fire safety and rescue and then moved on to his base in North Carolina, treats suddenly became acceptable.  And these cookies were the home baked goods that were most frequently sent.

freshly baked chewy vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

    There is just something about getting your favorite cookie baked by you mom to make you feel at home no matter where you are. Luckily Clint was never deployed overseas.

    He would have been fine… I’m not sure that my mom would have been.  Plus the postage to ship all of these cookies overseas would have really added up!  😉

    As things go, we somehow moved off these cookies an onto something else at some point along the way.  But I knew I wanted to include them on the blog, so I dug up the recipe and whipped up a batch.

piles of chewy chocolate chip cookies

   They were just as delicious as I remember them.  No wonder he requested them as often as he did.

    So now these will be back in our regular cookie rotation.  They would be perfect for holiday cookie trays and also much appreciated after school snacks.

    Of course they are perfect for care packages as well.  A little taste of home goes a long way!

Storing your cookies

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for several days. Put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Adding a slice of sandwich bread to the container helps keep them softer for longer. The bread will help keep a higher level of moisture in the container.

These cookies freeze well. You freeze baked cookies for several months in a freezer bag.

You can also freeze balls of dough on a cookie sheet and then transfer the frozen dough balls into a freezer bag. You can bake the dough from frozen, just add a minute or two to the baking time.

stack of pudding chocolate chip cookies with bite missing from one.

More great cookies

More Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you love trying different versions of chocolate chip cookies, these are a great place to start. Each has their own unique twist and all of them are perfect with a glass of cold milk.

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Soft and Chewy Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

pile of chewy chocolate chip cookies with vanilla pudding baked right in

These chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my family. There is a secret ingredient that makes them extra good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips*


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars and pudding mix.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Combine flour and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350° F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Remove to wire racks to cool.


*Growing up we always used semi-sweet but lately we've been really liking milk chocolate chips in these cookies. Use your favorite or a mix.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my family. There is a secret ingredient that makes them extra good!

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Thursday 8th of April 2021

This is my goto recipe..I found what really puts it over the top..when comes outta oven sprinkle sea salt on top..sooooo good... I've been told I should sell these 😊...


Thursday 8th of April 2021

Sea salt would be a great extra little something. You could get rich for sure!


Saturday 15th of February 2020

There really is nothing like a homemade cookie from home when you are away from home. I love how pudding mix makes the cookies more moist.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 6th of February 2020

I haven't made pudding cookies in years either, and I don't know why. Thank you for the reminder--I need to try this recipe!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

They are so yummy! You're welcome for your renewed addiction. ;-)

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I have made these because I quickly printed the recipe when you first shared it. Soft and Chewy...that’s exactly how I like my cookies to be and these are absolutely delicious!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

YAY! I am so glad that you liked them!!!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 16th of December 2016

These sound so good... I can see why they were his favorite! Was he stationed at Camp Lejeune?


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

He was for a while!

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