Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (with secret ingredient!)

by Mama Chocolate on October 14, 2011

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

(from Debbi B on

sent in to Fun with Food Friday by Tara at The Adventures of MommyHaHa


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix (secret ingredient!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional: I love them out because nuts in cookies are an abomination to me.) ;-)
  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. Sift together flour and baking soda, set aside.
  2. 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, (if you can abide them!)
  3. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

Mama Chocolate

I was excited about this recipe, because I like my chocolate chip cookies to be soft, but I don’t like how mine always end up…flat as a pancake with the chocolate chips poking up.

They did stay “plumper,” so they were much prettier than my usuals, but I didn’t care a whole lot for the flavor that was added from the vanilla pudding. Maybe I’m just a weirdo though, and overthinking it, because everyone else who tried them couldn’t tell the difference.

The taste of the raw dough, (yes I’m one of those people,) was definitely different. In an irritating sort of way.

When I make cookies, I like to keep a giant tiny little tub of the cookie dough aside for snacking in my fridge, and it was irksome to have the weird flavor in it everytime I wanted a little taste.

So I guess these cookies are better for my waistline…?

I will make these when I want my cookies to look awesome, (potlucks and parties where everyone I want everyone to know that I make the most beautiful cookies ever, since apparently I’m the only one who can tell the difference in taste anyway.)

When I’m craving a big ol’ spoonful of cookie dough I’m heading back to my old recipe, (which is just the one on the Nestle chips bag.)

My lively sister-in-law demonstrates the awesome-ness of these cookies.

(All photos by Polka Dot)

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Curt October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

Those are definitely AWESOME looking, that’s for sure!
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Trista Anderson October 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

These are one of the few things im no good at making but my hubby is awesome at making…. lol
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Danielle @ We Have It All October 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Those DO look good! And now I am curious about the difference in taste… I am going to have to try these!
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Tara October 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

I agree that nuts are an abomination in chocolate chip cookies. I also agree that the taste of the dough is not as good as other dough. I seriously LOVE the cooked cookie taste though. I probably can slightly taste the vanilla pudding – but I love the texture they create.

I’m glad you gave it a try! It’s a fav around here :)
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Meggin D October 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I have an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that stays soft and chewy for AGES. Not that they last that long of course! :) Depends on how you feel about oatmeal in your cookies of course…but I am willing to share the recipe if you are interested!


Mama Chocolate October 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I love oatmeal in my cookies! :-D
Please send the recipe to mamachocolateblog at gmail dot com! Thanks!


Sabrina Radke October 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Those look SO yummy!


Daily Mothering October 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Looks delish! Thanks for sharing.

Love your blog! Follow me back sometime :)

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Alicia C. October 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

We’re going to have to try this recipe! So far, the only way I have been able to get even semi-soft cookies has been to use all brown sugar and no white. I cannot wait to make these!!!
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Amanda Larson October 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Yum!! We are totally going to have to bake cookies this weekend. These of course are *diet* cookies and fat free right? ;)
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Anne October 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m trying these!
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Katelyn F October 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

What a funny post!
An expensive secret ingredient!!


Mama Chocolate October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

It’s actually not that expensive! You can get it for about $1 at WinCo. :-)
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Erika October 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

My cookies used to come out flat too until I started using real butter. Now I use the Nestle Tollhouse recipe that I love and they both look and taste amazing! Have you tried that?
(I’m another who doesn’t like nuts in her cookies and my favorite part is the cookie dough!)


Mama Chocolate October 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

That is my favorite recipe, actually, Erika! For some reason mine still come out flat most of the time though…maybe I get the butter too soft or something? I’d love tips!
I really couldn’t care less most of the time, though, because like you said, they taste so perfect. ;-)
But it’s nice to have an option for me for prettier ones. ;-)
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Savanah Fahrney-Day October 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

It might be a too soft thing. I used to “soften” my butter in the microwave before I would forget to set it out. Now, I’ll set it on top of the stove for a couple minutes while its preheating :) Works great & baked goods turn out better.
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Mama Chocolate October 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Great tip! I almost always soften the butter in the microwave, so that could totally be it! :-) Thanks!


Jenn October 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hehe… this post totally made me laugh! I thought it was going to be another “aren’t these yummy” recipe, but it totally wasn’t… and honestly, your candid review of the finished product makes me want to give these a try and see if I can taste the difference! I’m going to have to go do that just to satisfy my curiosity! LOL

I happened upon your site through StumbleUpon! Love this cute recipe! I’m off to stumble this page for you!

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Jess January 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I also use the recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag, and I have discovered (through lots of practice) that there are two things to do to keep your cookies soft and to keep them from flattening out like pancake with the chips sticking out. First, let your cookie dough sit in the fridge for a while before you spoon it out onto the pan. The colder the dough, the less it will spread out on the pan when cooked. It is much harder to scoop out with the spoon when cold, but worth it! Second, take your cookies out of the oven just before they look like they are done. Don’t worry…they seem to cook a little more on the pan after you take them out. This is the secret to keeping them soft! If you follow these two rules, you will get fat, tall cookies that stay soft! Yum!


Full Time Mama January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Oh yeah, these look good. Although, I have a very hard time getting ALL the batter to the oven when I make cookies. It’s just so good! ;) I’ll have to try these with the “secret ingredient”. Would love to see how I like them!
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