Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Mix

Whoa! I sure am late with today’s recipe. You guys are probably at Happy Hour already!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Mix

But better late than never, and have I got a cookie for you! Yes, it’s just chocolate chip, but this recipe is kind of different. It’s not a new one, because I saw something very similar in an old Southern Living, but it’s not one you see every day. It’s for chocolate chip cookies with pudding mix and oatmeal. There’s a popular pudding mix added cookie recipe on which is great, but on the soft and cakey side. This version is not cakey at all. It’s soft with crispy edges and a slightly nutty taste from the oats. If you like adding a lot of different things to your cookies, feel free to add a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. The version below is pretty traditional.

Now I need to come up with a better name for them……

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Mix
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Mix
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 35
  • 2 1/4 cups flour (I used 10.25 to 10.5 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (ever so slightly rounded)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (dark or light)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla)
  • 1 cup quick cooking (not instant) oats
  • 2 to 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, shortening and both sugars with an electric mixer, scraping sides of bowl often. Beat in the vanilla pudding. When well mixed, add the vanilla and eggs and beat until eggs are mixed in.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the batter and stir until it is almost fully mixed in. Add oats and continue stirring until flour disappears. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop batter by (heaping!) tablespoons, spacing about 2 ½ inches apart, onto the parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until edges are brown and tops appear set. Let cool on sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
You can use heaping teaspoons and get about 60 cookies (bake time will be shorter), but I've made these several times since first posting and prefer using heaping tablespoons. Heaping tablespoons will give you about 32 to 35 cookies.


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  1. KAnn says

    This is interesting to me as this is the Nestle Toll House recipe with the addition of the pudding…in order to get a chewy cookie at this altitude, I used one stick of butter for flavor and 1/2 C of shortening. I began using one C of brown sugar and a half C of white sugar, as well. They look gorgeous!

  2. KAnn says

    Woops…I forgot to add that it is the addition of the pudding and the oatmeal.

  3. says

    No worries for posting later than usual -especially since you grace your loyal readers with another FABULOUS chocolate chip cookie recipe! Yum!

  4. says

    Looks good! Want to try these, you are right, seems weird that they aren’t cakey from the pudding mix. Love the big lump on top of the one in your picture and all the chips. Yum!

  5. Midge says

    Anna, the fact that you grace us all with your time, efforts and great recipes in your blog each day is incredible. You always make my day!! Thanks…

  6. says

    Mmmm..this sounds good. And an interesting twist on an old standby! This one’s going in my googlereader to be tried!

  7. says

    I’m gonna try these tomorrow or Sunday, sometime after a trip to the store. I’m slam out of chocolate chips right now! I have already have ‘my’ choc chip cookie recipe, but I’m always ready to try others anyway… I might find one that’s even better than ‘the usual! :)

  8. says

    I will have to try these. I have tried the other recipe from allrecipes you mention and did not like them at all. No one at work did. They were cakey and tasted artificial. I like the addition of oatmeal (maybe I will throw in some PB or use butterscotch pudding for an added depth of flavor). YUM!

  9. says

    I have a very similar choc chip cookie recipe with pudding in it… mine doesn’t have the oatmeal tho…i like baking them on a stone and letting the middles stay chewy..mmm..dunked in milk…ok so too bad i’m too tired to make them RIGHT now!! =)

    o and as for a name…how about chocolate chip cookies!! no more explanation needed!! something about that pudding…makes them SO delicious you wont go back to the regular kind!!

  10. Rina says

    I can’t thank you enough for thinking of this new twist – I’ve tried the allrecipes recipe (Award-Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies) a few times and always found it to be too cakey. I thought it was just me =). I will try these (and probably add walnuts or pecans) soon!

  11. says

    Argh. I just replied to all the comments individually and then accidentally deleted my response. I need to go to bed.

    I’ll look forward to hearing some reviews on this recipe. In my opinion, it’s better than the other one. The cookies are soft, but they have crispy edges (at least on day 1) and an interesting flavor.

  12. says

    It is quite the cute addition – good choice for a name too! Jeff thought about looking for a new pup right away, but I think he wants to wait a bit after what we just went through. Max has been very quiet and reserved… so we think we probably won’t wait too long so he has a playmate again.

  13. says

    Made these today. They are pretty good! Mine look pretty much just like your picture. I didn’t do anything different except used unbleached all purpose flour. Good CCC, not my favorite, but decent.

  14. says

    Oh, did you like them still today, Anna? Also–sounds like you got a dog. We’re anxious to hear (and see) all about it.

  15. Michelle R says

    I made this this weekend, and got rave reviews from everyone. I loved the texture and flavor, and they looked very attractive, too. Thanks for the unique recipe – I never would have thought about adding pudding mix to cookies.

  16. Deb says

    I made these last night and they are so much better than the ones on allrecipes. These are soft and chewy and not as cakey as the other ones. My husband LOVES them

  17. Crystal says

    Just finished making these and mmm are they good!! I cooked them for 11 mins at 350 and they turned out perfectly!!! I also used only margarine instead of shortening and margarine as I don’t have that in the house.

  18. Michele says

    Hi Anna,

    I’m going to bake these cookies this weekend for the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) Charity here in Austin. MLF goes out in catering trucks every night to feed the homeless. I’m part of the Cookie Ministry that provides homemade cookies as part of the nightly meal. We have to make soft cookies since many of the people have dental issues. These sound perfect!

  19. says


    I didn’t realize there was such thing as a Cookie Ministry. That is great! I am going to go read more about it.

    These are soft, but not super-soft or cakey. I think people would like them, though…..and be able to eat them.

  20. says

    I have been browsing your blog for a couple of months now, but this is the first recipe that i have tried, i just finished baking them and they are very yummy.

    I made a double batch as i end up giving away alot of my baking. I only had one box of instant vanilla pudding mix and several boxes of chocolate , so i added a box of the chocolate, and they turned out great, just more chocolaty!

    Thank you so much for the great recipes!

  21. says

    I was looking for a pudding cookie recipe and came across your blog from a Google search. Just finished taking the last tray out of the oven and I already know I should have made a double-batch!

    These are delish. Just the right combo of crispy edges and soft centers with a perfect salty-sweet taste. I used salted butter and only one cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  22. April says

    I wanted to give pudding cookies another try after finding other recipes too cakey and found your blog. I used pistachio pudding and added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and they came out perfect. The pistachio is not too strong and adds a wonderful twist. The texture was exactly what I was looking for.

    Thank you for this super yummy recipe!

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