The Best Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies Recipe

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This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You’ll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

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I must confess something. I didn’t think I would like these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies when I first came tried them. My kids were asking for chocolate chip cookies, and I felt like experimenting with a new recipe.

When you already have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, it’s hard to imagine enjoying anything else nearly as much.

But I took a chance with this pudding cookie recipe and it turned out very good! They are soft and moist with a hint of vanilla.

My kids ate them up super quick! Next time, I’ll double the batch. Apparently three dozen cookies just isn’t enough for my brood and their friends!

I did stash two cookies away for myself. Somehow I forgot about them for three days.

When I remembered them and finally got the chance to enjoy them, they were still so moist.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper (or use a silicone baking mat).

STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add in the pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla paste and beat at medium speed. Slowly add in your flour, baking soda, and salt. Then stir in your chocolate chips.

NO NEED TO CHILL THE DOUGH!

STEP 3: Drop by tablespoons onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature before enjoying with a big glass of milk!

The Secret Ingredient—Vanilla Bean Paste

The secret ingredient to these cookies is the vanilla bean paste.

Vanilla bean paste is thicker than vanilla extract and gives these cookies a rich vanilla flavor. It also has tiny specks of vanilla bean, which adds to the cookie’s flavor and look.

If you can’t find the vanilla bean paste (<—on Amazon!), you can use fresh vanilla beans or vanilla extract as a last resort.

Don’t worry about not ever using vanilla bean paste again….I use it often in my recipes. Like in these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes and these Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles. A little bit in the frosting on these Banana Snack Cakes give them a rich flavor too!

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

Tips for making the Perfect Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

  • Make sure you cream the butter and sugars well, removing any air pockets.
  • Use instant pudding mix, not the cook and serve pudding.
  • Slightly under-bake the cookies as they will continue to cook as they cool.
  • Add extra chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies before baking for an extra chocolate flavor.
  • Add a pinch of coarse sea salt to the tops of the cookies if you love a sweet and salty chocolate flavor!

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

Substitutions you can use for these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Cookies are one of those recipes where you can use substitutions to personalize the cookie and give the flavor a spin! Try these different substitutions to make these pudding cookies your own!

Instant pudding flavor: This recipe calls for vanilla pudding flavor but you can switch that out for another flavor. Butterscotch, white chocolate, or chocolate pudding would all give these cookies a unique and yummy twist!

Mix ins: Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips, you could try peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips, whichever you enjoy the most!

Extracts: Swap out the vanilla and use lemon pudding mix, with lemon extract and white chocolate chips. So fresh and delicious!

You can also add pudding mix to your favorite Rice Krispie Treats recipe for a fun twist!

How to Store Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

These cookies stay fresh and moist for about a week in an airtight container at room temperature.

I like to make a big batch and freeze half of the pudding cookie dough to bake at a later time.

To do this, line a freezer safe baking sheet (like a metal sheet pan) with parchment paper. Drop your cookie dough scoops onto the pan and flash freeze for about 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the freezer and slide the cookie dough balls into a ziploc bag or airtight container. You can freeze them for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to bake the chocolate chip pudding cookies, drop the frozen cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet and bake according to the recipe. You may need to add a couple minutes of baking time for the frozen dough.

You can also freeze the cooked and cooled cookies. Just slide them into a ziploc freezer bag or airtight container. Thaw at room temperature overnight and enjoy!

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

What you need to make Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Bean Paste – on Amazon!
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Kosher Salt
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Tools

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Electric mixer or stand mixer
  • Baking mat or Parchment Paper
  • Measuring spoons and cups

This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

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This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

Yield: 36 cookies

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
This soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies recipe is my new favorite, go-to cookie treat. You'll love how easy it is to make, everyone else will love how amazing they taste!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 box (3.4oz pkg) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Bead in pudding mix, eggs and vanilla paste. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by tablespoon onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes. Remove and cool.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 85mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published June 28, 2012, photos updated April 2019

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies stay soft and chewy with this easy recipe!

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22 comments on “The Best Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies Recipe”

  1. I’ve heard such great things about pudding cookies and I’ve never tried them! These are such great photos Aimee!!

  2. funny that 3 dozen cookies went like hotcakes for you…that’s funny b/c most of the time I try to halve recipes b/c I want variety, not 3 or 4 dozen of one thing. Pudding cookies are so good and I’ve always eyed Maria’s, too!

  3. I love pudding cookies. I have so many versions in my brain. These look SO good.

  4. I am so glad you tried the pudding cookies. They are so yummy and delicious!!! Pudding is one of my favorite add in to cookies now! I could go for a glass of milk and that bowl full of cookies right about now:-)

  5. These sounds so good, Im going to have to try them sometime!

  6. I think we all have favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. These sound like a good contender, though!

  7. I love pudding cookies! They always come out just right!

  8. I neeeeed to start making some pudding cookies. After trying Dorothy’s almond joy version, I’m obsessed! These look so soft and perfectly chewy. Yummy!!

  9. Holly

    Add the pudding mix to any cookie or cake recipe..They turn out moist every time.

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  12. Using pudding mix in cookie dough is my favorite! Can’t beat how soft and chewy they are!

  13. Nancy Piran

    Adding the pudding makes these so soft in the centers! just perfect!

  14. Tanya Schroeder

    These really do look like the BEST cokies!

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  18. Becky Hardin

    The best homemade chocolate chips ever!

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