If you like soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies, you’re going to love chocolate chip pudding cookies. These simple drop cookies assemble in no time. They’re one of my favorite pudding cookies because they hold their texture for days on end in the pantry. The pudding helps strengthen the dough to keep them thick and chewy.
These cookies are fantastic for any cookie tray or family gathering! This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe is quick, makes plenty to go around, and is, of course, delicious!
Pull out the mixer, and let’s get to baking!
This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe has so many wonderful things about it. Here is my shortlist:
- That soft, chewy texture
- Makes a big batch
- Holds well in the pantry
- Loads of chocolate chips
How To Make Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies Recipe
Begin by combining the flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. Then, cream together the butter, sugar, pudding mix, and vanilla together. Add the eggs until thoroughly mixed. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Next, put in the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir until well distributed, being careful not to over mix. Drop by scoopfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 for about 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Making these chocolate chip cookies with pudding is very straight forward, but here are a few tips!
Creaming the butter– Don’t skimp on this. By creaming together the butter (use real butter– no margarine!) and sugar until it looks fluffy, you introduce air into the batter. It helps the cookies bake up light and tender.
Measuring flour- Too much flour makes for dry cookies. To accurately measure flour, spoon it into your measuring cup until overfilled. Scrape it level a knife.
Pudding- Make sure you use the INSTANT pudding mix. The cook and service don’t have the same thickening agents that make these cookies so soft and chewy. You can experiment with the flavor!
These cookies stay soft and store well in a tightly sealed container. Be sure to allow them to cool completely before storing them.
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze this chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe by allowing the cookies to cool and putting them in a freezer bag.
You can also freeze the dough. Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet and freeze for about an hour. Then transfer the dough balls into a freezer bag. Grab as many as you like and bake up fresh cookies in a matter of minutes!
Make Ahead Tips
This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe holds its soft chewy texture for several days, so you can bake ahead of time if you want. You can also make the dough and keep it in a well-sealed container in the fridge for a couple of days.
How Long Can You Keep This?
These cookies will keep in a cool pantry for 3-5 days. Food handling guidelines suggest that cookie dough can be frozen for 2-3 months, and frozen baked cookies are good for up to 6 months.
This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe is pretty perfect the way it is, but if you want to experiment with different flavors, here are some ideas!
Can I Add Orange?
Orange and chocolate is a delicious combination. You could add orange zest to the batter to add an orange kick. My orange creamsicle cookies showcase orange flavor and taste just like the classic ice cream treat. Another one of my favorite cookies that use oranges is my cranberry orange cookies with their perfectly balanced sweet and tart flavors!
Can I Add Oats?
I love the soft, smoothness of this batter, and oats would detract from that. However, if you love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, you could experiment with exchanging some oats for flour in this chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe. Better yet, you could try classic oatmeal raisin cookies or make them with a twist with oatmeal cranberry cookies. They’re both chewy and delicious.
Can I Add Peanut Butter?
Adding peanut butter to this chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe would require significant adjustment with the moist to dry ingredients. For a great peanut butter cookie, try peanut butter chocolate chip cookies or my Monster Cookies, which have a little bit of everything. They’re a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe, but ‘Monster Cookies’ is just a lot easier to say!
Can I Turn These Into Cookie Bars?
This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe should translate easily into cookie bars. Simply press the dough into a 9×13 pan instead of dropping out by spoonfuls! I love cookie bars like chocolate chip cheesecake bars and congo bars. They’ve got all the great parts of a cookie without having to individually spoon them out. Carmelitas are another great traybake to try!
What Other Cookies Can I Make With Pudding Mix?
Pumpkin spice cookies are one of the best pudding mix cookies. The pudding not only makes them soft and chewy, but it also amplifies the pumpkin spice taste. Chocolate pudding cookies go along the same lines with multiple layers of heavenly chocolate, and in chocolate chip m&m cookies, the pudding definitely helps strengthen the body of the cookie to hold all those M&Ms!
Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chip morsels
- 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven 375 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set on medium speed, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pudding mix, and vanilla until combined and creamy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time and combine. Add chocolate chips and nuts and combine until evenly dispersed.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, form dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool 2-3 minutes on cookie sheets then remove to a wire rack to cool completely
You can never have enough chocolate chip cookies recipes! Be sure to add these to your recipe box!
- Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar – perfectly sweet and chocolaty
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – pumpkin and chocolate- one of my new favorite combos!
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Super simple and super delicious
- New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – the gold standard in the chocolate chip cookie world
- Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies – Perfectly balanced taste and texture
This chocolate chip pudding cookies recipe is an excellent addition to your chocolate chip cookie arsenal. I just can’t get over the soft, chewy texture! I know they’re going to impress you too! Be sure to comment below and let me know what you think of them!