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Half a Box of Pudding Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on March 1, 2010 · 18 comments

Well, so much for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. I dropped the ball and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

There was half a box of pudding in the pantry and I needed it to disappear, so following Clara’s lead I made Award Winning Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies.

Have you tried pudding based chocolate chip cookies and what do you think of  them?

I think they’re okay, but I don’t love the artificial vanilla flavor (as opposed to how I did love it in the sugar cookies) and the texture is moist, but not crispy/chewy enough. Back when I first tried the recipe years ago using the original from, I thought it was award-worthy. But tastes change. I like the cookies, but they’re not my favorite and I probably wouldn’t give them a ribbon.  Maybe I should try adding peanut butter?


Half a Box of Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (5 oz)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt – omit if using salted butter
6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 scant cup (1.7 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (4 oz) stick cool unsalted butter, cut up
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about two minutes.Pour in instant pudding and mix until completely combined, about a minute. Add in egg and vanilla and beat for about 30 seconds.

Gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are golden. Let cool on sheets for about two minutes, transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

If you want to make a ton of cookies, the original version is on

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Published on March 1, 2010

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Katrina March 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Yep, they’re just okay for me, too. But definitely a good way to use up half a box of pudding. Where did the other half go? I never use just half a box of pudding. (I guess that’s probably just the size of our families.)

Ashley March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I used to swear by Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies for a while. Everyone I made them for loved how long they stay soft for. However, they’re a bit cakey for me, and I prefer a different texture. My favorite cookie of all time is one I found via your website, the Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Love those! The nice thing about pudding cookies is you can use various flavors and chips.

mags March 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I use a full box (the 4 serving size) of chocolate pudding mix- and not the sugar free kind. I use a cup of mini choc chips with a handful of white choc chips. No complaints from anyone about these!

Jeanette March 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I too tried the version a while back. It got such great reviews on the site I figured they would be outstanding. I didn’t care for them. It was more of a texture thing rather than taste. They seemed to taste too “cakey” for my liking.

Louise March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

There is never any pudding mix, instant or otherwise, in this house so I wouldn’t think to try the cookie recipes. I’ll stick with the real thing.

Julie March 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I was opposed to even trying the pudding choc chip cookies and finally I did and everyone LOVES them. I agree about the texture/cakiness of them… not my favorite but is often requested. Not being my favorite is a good thing for me so I don’t fight it and I just make them – easier for me to resist dough/cookies…

Anna March 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I think they just need a little time to sit. I’m trying one 5 hours later and they seem denser and more satisfying. I can see why they are popular.

Stephanie March 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I agree with the the reviews of how the texture changes with the addition of pudding mix. My family likes the more soft, chewy texture and adding pudding, I have found, seems to make them too cakey for us. They certainly weren’t horrible, just not a favorite. :-)

Clara Curtis March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

yeah, they were almost waaay too cakey when I first took them out of the oven. About a day later they were perfect, texture-wise.

I tried it with chocolate pudding and mini M&Ms last week, they were really pretty good.

HeartofGlass March 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Perhaps the solution is to freeze them as Chipwiches–you could put peanut butter swirl ice cream between some of them for the holiday!

Erin F. March 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I make these cookies a lot, and I love them! I usually use chocolate pudding though, with a whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chunks and half a bag of white chocolate chips. I find them really easy to make, and they bake up pretty thick and soft.

shelly (cookies and cups) March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I totally agree with you on the artificial flavor pudding tends to give, and like you my tastes have changed as well!!

Cheryl March 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

You never know unless you try, right? :) I have an award for you at my site:)

Sue March 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Your feelings about them sum up my feelings about them.

Niki March 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

My pudding chocolate chip cookie recipe is a wee bit different, but I love them. Maybe b/c I don’t think the vanilla taste fake. And I am very hardcore about fake flavorings. But it could also be the brand you use…

Linda March 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

Just wondering…do you think it would make any difference in the final product (either in the sugar cookies or chocolate chip) if you used a pudding mix that needs to be cooked as opposed to instant? I’m thinking that the “to be cooked” kind might not leave as much of an aftertaste than the instant does.

kara March 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I’ve been browsing all of your cookie recipes for a cookie contest I’m entering this weekend at my church. I’ve been trying to decide between making an exceptional chocolate chip, or something unique. Now I’m having an even more difficult time deciding. I also came across this recipe that I think looks really interesting.

Niki March 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Anna, I actually used Trader Joe’s vanilla pudding mix. That stuff is yum. And I just made the cookies on Wed, and have been way busy lately, so I’m gonna try to post mine real soon! I’ll let you know!

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