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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies You'll EVER Eat.

I've been making these cookies for about 20 years, and I am here to tell you they are The. Best.

First the recipe, then a few tips.

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 box (3.5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp bkg soda
1 tsp salt
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream the softened butter with the sugars, pudding mix, and vanilla.
Add the eggs and mix well.

In a measuring cup or bowl, combine the flour, salt, and soda.
Gradually mix into the butter/sugar mixture and beat well.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 for 9 - 10 minutes, or till lightly browned.

Makes about 4 dozen with a little left over dough for shamelssly stuffing in your face.
Raw cookie dough, schmaw schmookie dough, that's what I say.

So, tips...

1) Set the butter out several hours ahead to soften. But if alls-a-sudden you get the hankerin' for these babies and just can't wait, I'll not judge. Just put the butter in the microwave, and set on the defrost setting. That will soften the butter instead of just melting it, and you'll thank me.

2) Cream the butter and sugars really well, till it's light and fluffy.

3) The chocolate chips? Don't skimp. Use the good stuff. No generic chips in this recipe!

4) Do you have a cookie dough baller? No? Get one! I never had one growing up. Never even knew they existed! But now I have one. Magical things. If you don't have one, treat yourself.

5) Best to take the cookies out when they still look a little underdone, b/c they'll bake a bit more on the cookie sheets once out.

6) Prepare yourself for making these.  A. Lot.  Because everyone is going to ask you to make them for the rest of your life.

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  1. Hi Anne! Thanks for dropping by Aprons 'n Pearls :) This looks like a great recipe... I've never used vanilla pudding mix in mine before. And the cookie dough baller... LOVE. I use mine alllll the time! I'm now following your blog. You sound spunky. I like spunk. And Coach Beiste on your sidebar... nice touch ;) Have a great day!

  2. I love that scoop I have the same one. Use it for my drop biscuits too. I just adore that pic of your son in your header. He is adorable. He would hate that I said that but he is.

  3. The pudding in this sounds good. Thanks for the recipe I put it on my list to try.

  4. These sound great! I'll have to give this recipe a try. Oh, and I love my cookie scooper. Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  5. Well, here is a cookie update...IF you don't have vanilla pudding the butterscotch was un-be-lieveable, and it is my guess that chocolate pudding would be fan-tas-tic, especially with peanut butter chips, so I will attest that this is indeed a recipe worthy of the title BEST according to my tasters. Thanks again Anne:-)

  6. Now I want these cookies for breakfast!

  7. Visiting from Mom's Monday Mingle. Glad to discover your website. I hope you'll share it at this week's Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution ( Would love to have you join our community.

  8. Hi,
    Made these tonight they are just delicious, my husband loved them and he doesn't like sweet things!! Thanks so much for sharing, love your site.

  9. Oh yum! Please come over to NanaHood and visit me and link up this great recipe! I'm a new Google follower!
    Teresa from

  10. Oh... chocolate and I - we go wayyyy back. ;- Thanks for sharing up at Family Fun Friday. Pinned this.

  11. These look delicious. Thanks for sharing your tips. Something I do to CCC (chocolate chip cookies) is sprinkle the tops with salt just as you take them out. It gives a salty-sweetness to the cookies and a little extra crunch on top. My family won't have CCC any other way. :)

    Stopping by from the Friday Chaos blog hop.
    Hope you can come check out

    Happy Blogging,
    Ms. Morgan

  12. Over from #SITSSharefest

    These look yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. They sound super yummy! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see your next project tomorrow at:

  14. Rooster, thanks for the tip about the different flavored puddings and chips! I've always thought of changing them up, but when it came down to it, I always just went the traditionals.
    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! Hope you all get a chance to make these!

  15. Alrighty, I'll give them a shot! I'm the absolute bomb at making anything else but I stink at making chocolate chip cookies!

    Thanks for linking up. I'll have the new party up later tonight!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller



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