Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

…and a giveaway, too (**see below)!

The End.

Oh. I wasn’t just supposed to show you them and then eat them, was I? I was supposed to teach you how to make delicious cakey chocolate chip cookies that stay soft even the next day, right? Well, ok. I suppose it’s another step in our How 2 Stay Fat lesson plan. This recipe was brought to us by the same Allison that brought us the cute name for the site. Cute name/awesome cookies/we love her.

What to gather: All-purpose flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter (softened), vanilla, eggs, instant vanilla pudding (this is the secret!), salt (in a cute pinch bowl that will get chewed up by your dog immediately following this post), baking soda, chocolate chips

First step – more sifting. We love to sift here on H2SF. And, LOOK! I got a new sifter, one I can be proud of. So, without further adieu, here it is. We’re sifting together our dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda). I just measure them all in to my sifter and then sift. I don’t premix them and I don’t know if you’re supposed to. If you are, we’ll just pretend I’m a rebel. If you aren’t, we’ll just pretend this paragraph never happened.

And just to be able to use the cool word I made up in the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes post, here’s a photo of everything all sifty.

This is the part where I break out my favorite kitchen toy, the phone I use to order carryout my stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, or are working on your upper body strength for your upcoming triathalon, by all means, get your spoon out and beat it like you mean it.

Add the sugar, brown sugar and butter to the bowl, and then cream them together.

Add the pudding mix, and beat until blended. (no photo, they were all starting to look alike and I think I deleted that one in a fit of culinary rage) Add the eggs and vanilla.

And beat gently.

Now we’re going to add the flour. This is where the massive upper body strength comes in handy if you’re doing this the pioneer way. You want to add it a bit at a time.

As it becomes incorporated, add a bit more!

Until it is all happily blended together into happy little dough in your happy little bowl. I have a happy giant bowl, so I scraped the sides down to get every last bit of yummy!

But wait, you might be thinking, wait! Where are the chocolate chips? Ahhh, you thought I forgot. That senility had finally set in and I’d fallen out of my rocker, fallen off of a rock, lost my rocker, forgotten the chocolate chips.

In fact, I just wanted to make you take the bowl off the mixer so that you didn’t pulverize them. You may now add them to the dough, stirring by hand even if you weren’t trying to bulk up for the Olympics. Pour them over the top.

Become overcome with passion and grab a small handful off the top and eat them. Don’t tell anyone. Then combine. No one will ever know.

Now, grab your cookie scoop and prepare to scoop!

Wait…what? You don’t have a cookie scoop?? Well, you need one. I use mine for cake balls, meatballs, cookies, and I’m sure I could think of a few more things I use it for if I weren’t senile or whatever it was you said earlier. Keep reading this post and you could win the exact one I’m using!

Peek a boo! I see you! I’m wearing a pink shirt and white apron, can you see me?

Scoop out a level scoop of dough…

…and drop it onto a cookie sheet.

ain’t it purty?

Repeat four hundred and thirteen thousand times.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the scoop you used / cookie you made. The scoop I used was “medium” sized, and my cookies took about 13 minutes. But your mileage may vary depending on elevation, position of the moon, dog needing out, etc. Just keep an eye on the first batch so that you know what to expect for the rest.

Allow them to rest on the tray for 2-3 minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack for the remainder of the cooling process.

Pour a large glass of milk, and find a quiet room to hide in. Heaven will soon be yours.

(I halved the recipe for this demonstration, because I was just trying to STAY fat, not get FATTER. Plus, I’m lazy. If you want to become popular in your neighborhood, make the whole batch and take plates of them to your neighbors. Cookies cause worship. Well known fact.)

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift together the flour, salt 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 the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

**Want to win your very own Oxo Good Grips Cookie Scoop? Leave a comment on this post and you’re automatically entered. I will draw a random winner of all entries received before 10pm Eastern on Friday, February 19th, 2010.**

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21 Responses to “Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Kelly Weaver says:

    I’ll have to try those, never would have thought about adding pudding to a cookie!

  2. Laura says:

    if you box these up and send them to me via fed ex i would be most appreciative!! i can take care of the milk on my own. 🙂

    thanks for the exact instructions and pics…. i need those!!

  3. Mary Beth says:

    Man, I wish I hadn’t started that diet that eliminates sweets this week! But, I’m sure Cori can give these a try for th kids (I can’t bake and not eat them!) They look awsome!

  4. meems says:

    Those cookies do look very yummy. I am eating with my eyes.

    I don’t own a sifter. I do own a mesh strainer thing that I use instead. it’s really the same right?

    Not a user of parchment paper? It weirds me out ever so slightly to see cookies RIGHT on the pan.

    And, yes, I would like a cookie scoop. (Ok, I admit I already have one and LOVE it. But I have two kids that both like to help. At the same time.)

    thx

  5. Brenda says:

    And I was going to get you a new sifter for your ‘Welcome to Florida’ present. Back to the thinking chair for me!

  6. Allison D. says:

    I’m not vying for the scoop or anything, but just leaving a comment because I always appreciate the ego boost of seeing my name in someone else’s blog. LOL!

  7. Kelli says:

    Hey!!! I have a very similar recipe!! I thought the pudding mix was my secret, now all the world knows about it!! Love this site ang!!

  8. kEnny says:

    Note to self: Use new-found favorite kitchen toy (my phone) more often.

    I’m very hungry now.

  9. Erin Zimmerman says:

    oh my gosh these cookies look amazing! i’m going to try this recipe and send them to my husband in Iraq!!

  10. Lita says:

    Holy hip huggers Batman! These sound utterly divine. They will be made. They will be eaten. That is all.

  11. Don’t really enter me into the contest. Well, if random.org says my number, you tell it to shove it and pick another. Because really, I don’t need a cookie scoop as I don’t bake anything, I only eat things baked for me. I just wanted to comment b/c I came to read and it feels rude not to. I’m in love with your site, which makes sense b/c I have a huge crush on anyone who bakes cookies and is a great photog and has such a fun way with words. That’s all.

  12. Marsha says:

    well…well….. another funny recipe… who would have thought reading a recipe could be fun? thanks for the blog it is great! I have 2 cookie scoops, one small (broken, need to replace) and one large (makes great huge cookies) but a medium would be nice!

    now you….. go run off those cookies!

  13. liza says:

    Oh yum. Those are the only words I have.

  14. Marsha says:

    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! GREAT RECIPE! THEY R A HIT!

  15. Kristin says:

    These look soooo good.

  16. Colleen says:

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite thing in the world for for some reason I SUCK at making cookies, they out flat….I will be making these

  17. Patty says:

    Have you had good luck freezing these cookies for future use?

  18. Patty says:

    Have you ever tried freezing these cookies?

  19. Angie says:

    No, I never tried.

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