5/20/08

Snack That'll Last You All Week: Pudding Cookies


                               



I always use this recipe when making chocolate chip cookies because they turn out every single time for me. The cookies stay chewy and thick and the best part is that you can basically add anything you want to them.
This makes about 8 dozen:



Pudding Cookies
Ingredients:
4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1-1/2 c butter (3 sticks) softened
1-1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. white sugar
2 (3.4 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs, room temp
2 t. vanilla extract
4 c. of add-ins
( like chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter/white chocolate chips, candy bars, m&m's, nuts, etc.)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour and baking soda in seperate bowl and set aside; in a large bowl, cream butter, brown and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix until well blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. When smooth, slowly add in the flour mixture. This can take a little while, but make sure it's well incorporated into mix.
Finally, add the "fillers". This time I split the dough in half and used chopped up snickers bars in one:

 

And a combination of butterscotch and chocolate chips in the other:

 



I use my small melon ball scoop to make 1 " balls so the cookies are all uniform in size and bake evenly. When using the snickers, make sure you smooth the balls or the snickers part will ooze all over your pan.
Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden. I like mine slightly underdone, just a tiny bit golden.



These are just the perfect size and keep so nice all week long, if they last that long! I store them in ice cream gallon containers. So good!

75 comments:

Sheri said...

Ok, you must delete this post immediately! Or I will make these and eat them all. These look heavenly!

I love the picture of Sophie. She is the cutest puppy!

Carrie said...

Sheri and I have the same idea, those look freakin' awesome.

Holly Wood said...

Oooooh Sophie is {{cute}}

Wendy said...

Can you use the sugar free instant pudding in this, or does it need to be the regular kind?

Tanya said...

Wendy, good question. I've never tried the sugar-free(because sugar-free products do some not-so-good things to my body!) but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Jennifer said...

I am on a quest for "the perfect, no-fail chocolate chip cookie recipe." I'm beginning to think it doesn't exist...

I will DEFINITELY try these next time the baking mood strikes!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's always fun to "meet" new bloggers. I look forward to getting to know you better!

Jen

Tanya said...

Jennifer, let me know if these hit the spot for you. I know that everyone likes their cookies different. These stay somewhat soft and chewy and that's how I love them!

FlipFlop Mom said...

Ok... I am sooooooooooo TRYING these!!! YUM!! thank you.. last me a week... never!! LOL LOL.. not with the "camp" of kids I have

Wendy said...

Hi Tanya, a question from another Wendy! *grin* We're about to try these and I have a question!! Is it "4 cups of water *and* add-ins you want" or "4 cups of *whatever* add-ins you want"? That could make a big difference! Thanks!

Tanya said...

Oh gosh, lol. It's whatever, not water! I need to fix that! Sorry, I didn't spellcheck!

EAT! said...

I have seen this recipe arounf the internet. We love chocolate chip cookies at our house - I will hve to give the recipe a try.

Suzanne said...

I've been looking at this recipe for a week and I finally got to make them today. Delicious!

I tried a batch with Andes Mint bits. A new favorite.

Margee' said...

These will have to be tried! i love soft cookies.
I was wondering about 4 cups water too!

DD said...

Sophie is SOO cute. I am trying this recipe today because I have 2 packets of chocolate pudding mix that need to be used up. I wonder if it will work? Love your blog Tanya!

Mindy said...

Do you think they would be ok with margarine instead of butter?

Anonymous said...

I have a very similar recipe that is the family favourite.
When I am short on time I make them into bars! We have named these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!
Love your blog!
Reader from Ontario Canada

Linda said...

Oh yum. I am going to make a batch of these and bring them to work...everyone will love me! LOL

Bunny B said...

These look and sound amazing! Please do not delete this post! I have it bookmarked!! :)

Amanda said...

I made these and the fudge puddles before Christmas and just blogged about them today. I linked to you, thanks for the recipes!

tamilyn said...

I am sending my daughter to the store right now for pudding and snicker bars!

Joy said...

Yum these look and sound so good!
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Linnea said...

Our little hamster Sofie says hello to Sophie.

Sunnymommie said...

OMG! it s sooo good! my kids and my fiance love it!! I cant wait to do all your recipes :P

Sabrina said...

Yum! These cookies are to die for! I've been looking for a great cookie recipe and this one is a winner. They are even better the second day! TFS!!!

Eve said...

Beautiful,darling dog and to die for cookies? What else does a person need in life? Well, maybe a little self control. I would probably hug on that sweet thing way too much and I know I would eat too many of those cookies. Thanks for the recipe. Just what I need for Christmas. I am going to put Kumquat zest in some of them.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Hi Tanya, I blogged about the pudding cookies on todays post. I cant wait to see your new little guy. Here is the link.

Mommy's Kitchen:
http://www.mommyskitchen.net/

Angela Green said...

I found your blog and recipe from 2peas. I had this recipe a long, long time ago and in a move I think my handwritten recipe book fell into the garbage my mistake. :( I've been able to replace all the recipes I wanted EXCEPT this one. Now I have it! I made the recipe a bit ago and have cookies baking in the oven. You truly can not know how happy I was when I tasted that first cookie and told my husband, "THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE RECIPE I LOST!" Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Cake said...

Just made my first batch and they are so good. This is the first time I've ever made chocolate chip cookies from scratch. We used mini chocolate chips and health bar toffee bits. I am going to have to freeze some of these or I am going to be in trouble. Thanks for the recipe <3

Anonymous said...

just got finished making them!.. i liked them but i added a bit of salt to them after the first batch came outta the oven (:

rachel eaton said...

i just made these tonight but gluten free! they were incredible! i halved the recipe and substituted the flour for 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 1/4 cups potato starch and added 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the flour mixture. everything else i kept the same and they were perfect. chewy and delicious. thanks for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

My grandma passed away 20 years ago and always put pudding in her cookies. I am smiling so much today remembering and am so glad you shared this.

moosie said...

These look DELICIOUS. This may be a silly question, but does "t" mean tablespoon or teaspooon?

Justeen said...

Well, I made these tonight.... I 'made SURE' I had all the ingredients prior to us heading to Walmart, so I could pick up anything needed..... Thought I had a bag of Flour at home just in a ziploc.... when I started pouring it into my flour container, it ended up being pancake mix... UGH! I needed 1 more cup of flour.... Soooo.... Some quick thinking, I found some instant oats, measured out a cup and away I went to my Magic Bullet.... 10 seconds later, a nice flour like powder was ready to mix in with the rest of the flour.... I haven't ever made these, so I'm not sure if they taste any different.... but they're delicious either way! :)

I am working on my Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and am doing an Internship at a hospital, I plan to take some in to my co-workers for our pot-luck tomorrow :).

Thanks for posting! Even if it was in 2008! :)

My Uncen$ored Thoughts said...

I make something like this, but I usually add butterscotch pudding to my cookie mix, then add white chocolate chips, so I flavor the batter and the white chips stand out a bit more.

Liz said...

Saw this on Pinterest and had to come to read the instructions. I'll be trying this - I usually make my chocolate chip cookies into bars by using a jelly roll pan, so we'll see if they work that way. And Heath Bar bits would be AWESOME in here! :)

mary said...

Ive been using this recipe for years! Its truely THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! I get asked to make these all the time, I like the idea of using different types of bits! Ill try chopped snickers next! Thanks for sharing

Laura Wackerly said...

Found you on Pinterest...these look awesome! Can anyone tell me how many cookies this makes (I use a regular sized cookie scoop). This looks perfect - I love thick and fluffy cookies.

Anonymous said...

hello there....I had these at a friends house the other day when she made them!!! OMG they are the BEST EVER!!! LOVE them.
I have a ? can you freeze some of the batter so I don't have to make so many at once?? I'm making them tonight but would love to know so I can always have them on hand to throw in the oven.
Thanks for the post!!! :)

Jennifer said...

I made these tonight and they were wonderful! I've been looking for a great chocolate chip cookie recipe and I've finally found one. I only made half a batch, and I used one cup semi-sweet chocolate and one cup walnuts, and they were divine. The only thing I noticed is that they were a little too thick and dome-like for my taste, so I flattened them just a bit with the bottom of a glass before baking. I also used an insulated cookie sheet and baked for the full 12 minutes. Using a 1-1/2 inch scoop, 1/2 batch made 36 cookies. Thanks so much for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Just made these and they were delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I'm thinking of adding chocolate pudding the next time I make them and see how that tastes. Mmmmm!

Maria said...

I made these this past weekend! I divided the batter and did half Reese's Pieces/oat and half toffee bits/pecan. Made closer to 10 dozen, oh darn!

Rebecca said...

I found this recipe/your blog from Pinterest about a month ago and I have made these 4 times...I have some in the oven right now! Thanks for sharing! Love them!

Lauralee said...

Delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. They came out so soft and chewy with just the right amount of crisp on the edges!

I halved the recipe and made them gluten free, for the flour I subbed: 2C rice flour + cornstarch (put 1Tbs cornstarch in 1 cup measure and fill the rest with rice flour for each cup) and 1/4 C tapioca flour and 1 tsp Xanthan gum.

Sooooo Good! :D

Anonymous said...

What brand/type of butter has everyone used for these cookies?

Anonymous said...

call me silly, do you mix the pudding as it says on the box or just put the powder mix in?

Tanya said...

Love reading your comments on these. I'm actually making 16 dozen right now for a fundraiser! I use unsalted butter. You just pour the powder of the pudding in the mix and make sure it's instant! I've tried so many different combos and they are wonderful. Our favorites are regular CC, white chocolate/cranberry, and reese's peanut butter cup. Thanks again everyone!

Anonymous said...

I made this recipe exactly and yeah, they do look good and taste pretty good, but I think the recipe needs salt. Also, put them in an airtight container as soon as they are done cooling. I left some out for a day and they are hard as rocks.

Tanya said...

Anonymous-I must disagree. I've never added salt and everyone RAVES about these. Also, I've accidentally left these out overnight and they have never hardened on me....not sure why yours did!

Tanya said...

Also-you use instant pudding mix, just out of the box. As for butter brand, I use whatever is on sale, salted or unsalted.

Allison Stuart said...

This will be my third time making these cookies and everyone LOVES them! Our favorite thing to do is freeze a portion of them and then we just grab one out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter for a few minutes. They are delish!

Dewey Decksemall said...

Just wanted to let you know that the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls LOVE your recipe. I made these yesterday and brought a gallon ziploc bag full of them to practice with me...they were gone in like two minutes.

Angela said...

Do you have this recipe for 1 dozen. I absolutely do not want to make 4 dozen for only my husband and I!! LoL! We do not need that many cookies!!!!

TJ said...

So is that really two 3.4 ounce packages of pudding mix? The biggest package I have is a 1.5 ounce.

MaryRuth said...

I just made these... and they were good... but they didn't look anything like yours? they were dense and they didn't spread at all while they were baking. wondering what I did wrong??

Michelles Tasty Creations said...

Hi Tanya,

I just re-pinned these on Pinterest and can't wait to try them out. I have be seeing pudding cookies everywhere lately. I would love to invite you to share these on my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great week.

Michelle

Anonymous said...

These look amazing!! I can't wait to try them. Does t. Stand for tablespoon or teaspoon??

Tanya said...

t.= teaspoon
T.= tablespoon

Debbie said...

Just got done making these and they are awesome. Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe EVER!! Will definitely be making these again, and again and again. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

hi
sorry to ask but they look amazing and im in england so i dont know what instant punnding is or where i can get it, are there any substitutes?
thanks
ani.

Drina said...

If you happen to check this, Ani - we get instant pudding in small boxes at the grocery store. The box is probably 2x4 inches, and it contains a package full of a sugary powder. Usually you mix it with milk and refrigerate to make pudding. I have no idea where you would get it in England, but perhaps check the bigger grocery stores there?

Anonymous said...

I just made these and they are delicious! For the first batch, I just dropped them on the cookie sheet and they didn't spread out much but the second batch I flattened them out a bit and they look much better.

Will definitely keep this recipe.

Thanks!

Rezzy said...

Loved these! Made these tonight and halved the recipe. Made 17 Large cookies (used 2" overfilled scoop). I flattened them slightly before baking. They were fantastic right out of the oven as well as cooled. Great recipe, Thanks!
Rez

Anonymous said...

I didn't have vanilla pudding, so I used chocolate. This was wonderful. Sinfully delicious.

4 goodness bake! said...

Just made these tonight and they turned out yummy. I halved the recipe because I didn't need 8 dz cookies and it worked fine. I also had to flatten them out a bit before baking because the first batch didn't spread much. I am thinking I will try making these with chocolate pudding next, for an extra chocolate "kick". :) I bet they will be delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Emily said...

This chocolate cookie recipe is the best! The only exception that I made was to add a teaspoon of salt. Also, I added a couple flakes of sea salt to the top and they were great. I brought them into my high school students and they raved about them. From now on this will be my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thanks so much for the post.

Leah S. said...

I made these cookies last year for Christmas and I was super impressed with how easy and how awesome they turned out! Gathering ingredients to make this year's batches!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing recipe!! I can't thank you ENOUGH! :) The dough is so strange and interesting how it just sticks together. I didn't have to press much because they spread out just fine. Can you refrigerate the dough though, and finish the second batch the next day or will it not work?

Anonymous said...

Amazing recipe!! I can't thank you ENOUGH! :) The dough is so strange and interesting how it just sticks together. I didn't have to press much because they spread out just fine. Can you refrigerate the dough though, and finish the second batch the next day or will it not work?

Anonymous said...

So id like to make these its 4 cups of whatever that's kind of alot is that right? :D

Jamie Jensen said...

Just looking on your blog AGAIN for the recipe since this is my fourth time making them and I can't live without them. :) You should know that when I click the link from Pinterest, it comes up and says that it is a suspicious link, and your blog may link to spam or inappropriate content. Just an FYI! :) Thank you, thank you for our new family favorite!

Ashton said...

Hi! These are AMAZING! I tried a combination if white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint - quite the hit at work! I want to try making a chocolate cookie - do you think it would work if I just use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla?

Nicole said...

How many cookies do these make??

Anonymous said...

I made these cookies the other day and they are the first cookies I've ever made that actually didn't flatten when they came out of the oven!! I about did a backflip to celebrate!!! They were moist and delicious and I will confess that my family and I ate them all within 2 days. Granted, I only made half a batch but it still gave us over 36 cookies. These are my go-to recipe now. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I just made these! All I had in the pantry was banana pudding mix... and they turned out great!!!! Thank you for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

AHH I ACCIDENTALLY MADE 96 COOKIES