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White Chocolate Chunk Lemon Pudding Cookies

Chewy lemon cookies made with lemon instant pudding mix and white chocolate chunks.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon cookies, lemon pudding mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 32
Author Anna
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (336 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda that’s right – 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (114 grams)
  • 1/2 cup shortening, regular or butter flavored (96 grams)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (130 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 box instant lemon pudding mix (96 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon oil Boyajian or use 2-3 teaspoons of fresh lemon zest (or more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 oz of white baking chocolate cut into small chunks

Instructions

  • Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening until creamy. Beat in both sugars, then add pudding mix and beat until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until mixed.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring by hand until mixed. If you’re using a stand mixer with paddle, you can mix with the paddle on low speed. Personally, like to use a hand-held mixer for the creaming process, then stir the flour in by hand. I'm always a little paranoid that the friction from a hand-held mixer might overdevelop the gluten.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chunks.
  • Using a generous tablespoon, scoop up about 34 rounds of dough and arrange them on a foil lined baking sheet. Chill dough rounds for several hours, then put in a zipper bag and bake as needed at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
  • You can also bake right after mixing the dough, in which case you just scoop up the dough by tablespoons and bake on parchment lined baking sheets at 375 for about 10 minutes.
  • I recommend scooping the dough into rounds and chilling them, as they will have a better shape as they bake.

Notes

Flour is tricky because 1 cup can have a different weight. I weighed out 12 ounces. If you don't have a scale, stir your flour and aerate it, then carefully scoop and sweep 2 1/2 cups. Also, I was out of my usual Gold Medal unbleached and used Gold Medal bleached, which I sometimes use for cakes and quick breads. The bleached flour probably also contributed to the cookies' thickness, so if you use unbleached you may get a thinner cookie.