Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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With a rich, buttery dough that is loaded with irresistible morsels of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies nail every delicious detail. And, bonus, they stay soft and chewy for days.

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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I have made this recipe more times than I can count, over the years. They’re perfect for potlucks and gift-giving. And, I get asked all the time how they are so soft and chewy.

The not-so-secret ingredient is instant pudding mix. It’s that simple. In addition to their incredible chewy texture, these cookies freeze beautifully, making them especially easy to have ready to go when you need them.

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And, I happen to know that both the cookies and the dough taste awesome straight out of the freezer. Yes, I did admit that. I often bake about half of the batch and freeze the remaining cookie dough.

When I am ready to use the frozen dough, I set it on the counter for 20-30 minutes to thaw slightly and then scoop out the number of cookies I want to bake.

Overhead vertical shot of salted chocolate chip pudding cookies on a cooling rack; underneath the rack, a checkered red and white hand towel

Why Add Pudding Mix to Cookies?

Perhaps you’re among the many bakers who’ve never tried pudding cookies before. Well, if you’re wondering why put pudding mix in cookies, let me tell you: the word you’re looking for is MOIST.

Pudding mix has several dry ingredients (such as corn starch) that help absorb and retain moisture, making its use in cookie recipes a neat little hack. A cookie recipe with pudding mix will result in moister cookies that stay chewier longer.

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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • flour and baking soda
  • granulated sugar and brown sugar
  • one package instant vanilla pudding
  • butter and eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Maldon salt for topping (OPTIONAL)
Vertical shot of chocolate chip pudding cookies topped with salt, served on a long white dish with a checkered red and white hand towel

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Then, add in the pudding mix and beat until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Next, stir in the flour mixture, making sure that it is well incorporated. Last, add the chocolate chips and stir well to mix them throughout the dough.

Scoop into approximately 2 tablespoon portions and roll into balls. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 11-12 minutes. Remove from the oven when puffy and barely cooked through. Do not let them brown.

If desired, sprinkle with Maldon salt as soon as the cookies are removed from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vertical shot of chocolate chip pudding cookies topped with salt, served on a long white dish with a checkered red and white hand towel

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Overhead close-up shot of salted chocolate chip pudding cookies on a cooling rack; underneath the rack, a checkered red and white hand towel

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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With a rich, buttery dough that is loaded with irresistible morsels of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies nail every delicious detail. And, bonus, they stay soft and chewy for days.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36 (3-inch) cookies

Ingredients 

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Maldon salt for topping OPTIONAL

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add in the pudding mix and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly add in the flour mixture, making sure that it is well incorporated. Last, add the chocolate chips and stir well to mix them throughout the dough.
  • Scoop into approximately 2 tablespoon portions and roll into balls. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 11-12 minutes. Remove from the oven when puffy and barely cooked through, do not let them brown. If desired, sprinkle with Maldon salt as soon as the cookies are removed from the oven.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

This recipe was originally published as a doubled recipe with half whole wheat flour. To make the original recipe, double all ingredients and swap in cups of whole wheat flour for half the all-purpose flour listed.
The recipe notes have been updated and ingredient amounts were reduced to eliminate confusion with the larger batch recipe.
I often bake about half of the recipe and then freeze the remaining dough. When I am ready to use the frozen dough, I set it on the counter for 20-30 minutes to thaw slightly and then scoop out the number of cookies I want to bake.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal · Carbohydrates: 20g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 6g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 0.2g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 94mg · Potassium: 77mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 12g · Vitamin A: 176IU · Calcium: 14mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 6/30/11 – recipe notes and images updated 1/24/24}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Courtney Philpott says

    Can I mix the dough for these just using a spoon / my hands or do I need a hand mixer?

  2. Larraine MacLean says

    Thank you Mary, this was so easy to make and tastes soo awesome. I am making a second batch for the freezer .5 stars

  3. Donna says

    Hi Mary, so if I want to make
    Recipe as is and not double it, do i just use 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour?? Do i just swap out the white flour for whole wheat and use the exact same measurement ?? Also can I hose whole wheat flour and or whole wheat white flour?? I have both kinds ????? Thanks for help

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Donna, my preference for this recipe is half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. However, you can make it with 100% whole wheat or whole wheat white flour. It’s pretty versatile with the exact same measurements. Happy baking!

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Kristy, the cookies will finish baking on the cookie sheet. They’ll fall a bit and crinkle on top after you remove them from the oven.

  4. Maria Christopher says

    This recipe was absolutely the best chocolate chip cookie I ever made. Thank for sharing this recipe.

  5. Julie Sheren says

    You could use lots of flavors in different recipes. I wonder what butterscotch would taste like in these chocolate chip cookies? Yummy I think.

  6. Jessica Hiller says

    11 min does not seam like enough time the cookies are still very doughy. I made them in tabelspoon balls round. I left mine in for and additional 5 min. And cooled them 5 min as directed. This allowed the top to slightly brown but made them a tad crumbly . The second batch is made the cookies larger (2tablespoons) and pressed them down and did the 11min with 5 min cool time . Wow wha a difference.. chewy gooey yummie-ness. This gets a thumbs up!5 stars

  7. Claudia Pletting says

    They are delicious! My husband was asking for a soft cookie (as he has a hard time ‘crunching) anything and I found your recipe. I made it exactly as you wrote and they are perfect. We love it and thank you!5 stars

  8. Cathy says

    Is there a difference in cooking time if using a regular cookie sheet? Should the cookie sheet be lined with parchment, or perhaps unlined and greased? Thank you!

  9. Noelle Bailey says

    I make a similar recipe
    3/4 cup sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 cup crisco
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 box instant vanilla/french vanilla pudding
    2 1/4 cups flour
    Bake at 350° for 8 minutes

    Can do chocolate pudding and peanut butter chips!!
    Pistachio pudding and white chocolate chips

  10. Gloria says

    I have been making these pudding cookies for about 40 years, My family absolutely loves them. I use French vanilla pudding and one time I forgot the vanilla extract and they still tasted delicious.5 stars

  11. Peggy Baumann says

    Mine turned out like hard ball’s. Ugh. I followed the recipe exact also. They didn’t even change shape! Super dry and yucky. Bummer I wasted so much ingredients. 😭

    • Mary Younkin says

      It sounds like you might have had too much flour in the dough. How do you measure your flour, Peggy? Are you scooping and then shaking to level the cup? Or spooning the flour into the cup and leveling it off with the back of a knife?

  12. Geraldine Parrish says

    Mary someone forwarded this recipe to me & I got ready to make them but couldn’t believe it said 1 Cup of Butter, that’s 2 whole sticks of butter? I am Diabetic so I backed off of it, your Nutrition Values looked really good & I love soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I can’t eat that much butter. They look wonderful by the way.