These are BY FAR the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! I've made them for many people and they all agree that they are DELICIOUS! I honestly believe it's because of the "secret ingredient," pudding! The recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I prefer milk chocolate. I've also used white chocolate for people who prefer it. In the future, I plan on using dark, caramel and peanut butter chips. One time, I omitted the chips completely and made sugar cookies!

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

My Notes:

(As is, this recipe yields 72 cookies. I usually half it and use a 1/8 c measuring cup to measure out each cookie amount. I bake them for 11 minutes exactly and they come out perfect! I also let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling wrack to cool completely.)

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