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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies [Recipe and Photos]

The secret ingredient in this recipe gives these chocolate chip pudding cookies a chewy texture.

We’ve found a really tasty version of a classic cookie, and it’s all thanks to one ingredient: a box of instant pudding mix. When this special ingredient is added to the dough, the result is chocolate chip pudding cookies. They have a thicker and softer texture than regular chocolate chip cookies.

What brand of chocolate chips should you use? Our experts have ideas!

Why use pudding mix?

The boxed instant pudding mix is ​​made primarily of sugar and cornstarch, along with preservatives and flavorings. The sugar in the mix gives the cookies a bit of sweetness, but the cornstarch does something really interesting. Cornstarch creates a thicker cookie, preventing the spread that often happens with regular cookies. It also creates a very soft, tender, cake-like texture.

Use your next box of instant pudding mix to make this vintage frozen dessert!

How to make chocolate chip cookies with pudding

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Inspired by the recipe for Two Chip Chocolate Chippers, this recipe incorporates melted butter and an extra egg yolk to balance out the chewy, thick cookies with a hint of chewiness. Cookie dough needs some time in the refrigerator: at least four hours or overnight. This recipe makes about 40 cookies.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Step 1: Mix the first ingredients

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Place the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in eggs, egg yolk and vanilla extract until combined.

Step 2: Add the dry ingredients

raw chocolate chip cookie dough in a transparent bowl with a wooden spoonNancy Mock for the taste of home

In another bowl, combine flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Add this mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and mix to obtain a soft and moist cookie dough. Add the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least four hours or overnight.

Step 3: Bake the cookies

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Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to scoop the dough and place them about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 13 to 14 minutes, until set around the edges and lightly browned on top. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to five days.

Tips for Making Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Should you use instant or bake-and-serve pudding?

This recipe calls for instant pudding mix, but the same size box of cook-and-serve pudding mix will also work. Don’t make these cookies with prepared pudding, it won’t work at all!

Should I refrigerate this cookie dough before baking?

The dough for chocolate chip pudding cookies is extremely soft after mixing. If baked immediately, the cookies will not hold their shape, as the butter will run out when they reach the heat. For best results, refrigerate cookie dough for at least four hours before baking.

Personalize these cookies

Try other pudding mix flavors in your chocolate chip cookies! The flavors and color added by the pudding mix will be quite mild, but you can always boost it with flavoring extracts and food coloring, like using pistachio pudding mix with a few drops of almond extract and a little green food coloring. The mixes can also be modified: try white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, chopped nuts or colored chips in your cookies.

Next step : Try this banana pudding cookie recipe!