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Monday, December 5, 2016

Soft and Chewy Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

     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!

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my family. There is a secret ingredient that makes them extra good!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp 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.
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  1. Clint's birthday is tomorrow. I believe I will make a batch for him. There is a secret ingredient that I usually, but not always, snuck in. I would often add very finely chopped walnuts. He really enjoyed them that way.

  2. Nothing like a good Chocolate Chip cookie!! Thank your sweet brother for his service in the military and remind him, he has the BEST sissy in the whole world!!!

  3. LOVE a good chocolate chip cookie and this looks yummy! Santa would be pleased!

  4. Thanks for sharing such a touching memory along with this recipe.

  5. So yummy. My cookie pet peeve is when they are not chewy enough. I would eat them raw if that were appropriate.

    I might still anyways...

    1. Cookie dough is always appropriate! I agree completely!

  6. I'll take 20!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. Your Chocolate Chip Cookies look delicious. We really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Chocolate chip cookies are the best. These look so soft and gooey, my favorite, I can see why they were Clint's, or they are Clint's favorites! I've never seen pudding mix added to a baked good like this. I bet it gives great flavor and extra gooeyness to the cookie. I'm passing on your recipe to my daughter, the baker, these look delish!

    1. They really do make for extra soft and chewy cookies... sometimes I use the cheesecake pudding too =)

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


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