These chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my family. There is a secret ingredient that makes them extra good!
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.
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.
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.
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.
More great cookies
- 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*
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars and pudding mix.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
- Combine flour and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 350° F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- 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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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.