Thursday, December 19, 2013

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever tried and they're great for the holidays or a lazy Sunday afternoon.  I can't remember how I came across it, but it's been my go to for years.  The cookies are perfectly soft and stay that way until there are only crumbs left.  

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2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.  Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended.  Stir in the eggs and vanilla.  Blend in the flour mixture.  Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.  Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven.  Edges should be golden brown.  Makes about 36 cookies.

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