Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These super soft chocolate chip cookies are made with a secret ingredient, vanilla pudding mix! You are going to LOVE this chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve baked a lot of cookies over the years, but one of the first cookie recipes I remember baking are Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are so easy and everyone loves them, including me. The cookies are super soft and turn out perfect every time. If you like soft chocolate chip cookies, this is the chocolate chip cookie recipe for you! The vanilla pudding mix works it’s magic to create one super soft and delicious chocolate chip cookie.

Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on The BEST soft chocolate chip cookies! Everyone LOVES these cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Recipe

Family Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are a family favorite. My brother, sister, and I would beg for these cookies all of the time when we were growing up. Every time I make and eat these cookies I remember making a mess in the kitchen when I was a little girl. I didn’t always clean up my mess, either. Oops! Once I had a few spoonfuls of dough and a warm cookie oozing with chocolate, I was done. Luckily, my dad was a good sport and cleaned up after me. I think he was just happy I was interested in baking, something I learned from him.

Now, I bake these pudding chocolate chip cookies for my boys and they LOVE them.

Vanilla Pudding, the Secret Ingredient

The secret ingredient, vanilla pudding mix, makes these cookies extra special. You don’t have to make the pudding, you just need the powdered mix. If you dump actual pudding, made with milk, in the cookies, you will have a disaster. You only need to add the powdered vanilla pudding mix to the cookie dough. I know it sounds odd, but I promise the pudding creates the softest and most delicious chocolate chip cookie. The pudding is magic!

If you enjoy soft chocolate chip cookies, you have to try Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies. I am sure they will become a favorite cookie in your home as well. Enjoy!


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Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

These super soft chocolate chip cookies are made with a secret ingredient, vanilla pudding mix! You are going to LOVE this chocolate chip cookie recipe!
4.86 from 21 votes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
36 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3.4 oz. package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add in pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slight golden and set. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Pudding in cookies? Genius! I’ve never heard of that before but I LOVE soft chocolate chip cookies so I’m definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing Maria!

  2. oh my gosh, these are my FAVORITE cookies of all time! I love how soft they are from the pudding 🙂 This is actually one recipe (or similar) that I have NOT posted on my blog yet because it’s so close to my heart – I haven’t wanted to share! 🙂

    1. I agree Brandi! I won’t pin this recipe because I want to keep it special as I make them for friends. These cookies are delicious!

  3. One of my best friends makes her chocolate chip cookies with vanilla pudding, and everyone always loves them! I agree these cookies are amazing!!

  4. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. These were one of the first posts I ever wrote at my own food blog back in 2009 (with a lil more sugar and some added cinnamon but basically the same: ), and it was a fun reminder to go back, look at that post (with all of its terrible photography as I learned what to do with a camera!) and see how far I’ve come. But I’ll always love these cookies, no matter where I go from here! (And congrats on your photos looking beautiful!) The thing I always love about these cookies is that the pudding totally combats the chocolate-chip-cookie’s natural tendency to slide down to a flat pancake in the oven. They’re always thick and gorgeous when they come out of the oven! Thanks for reminded me to make some this weekend!

  5. Love, love, love this recipe!

    I never cleaned the kitchen when I first started baking, but my mom got mad at me one time and now I’m a complete neat freak 😛

  6. I still love making these. They’re so yummy and they’re great frozen too. Maybe we’ll make them together again some day.

  7. I use instant vanilla pudding to add to cupcakes to make them super moist. These cookies look great, I’ll have to try them!

  8. Oh my. You just jogged a memory for me. In college I used to make a double-chocolate cookie that was made with chocolate pudding mix. It always guaranteed perfect, soft rich cookies. You inspired me to go hunt for the recipe – or perhaps try the vanilla version instead!

    1. It depends on the day, but I am feeling a little better. Food is still hard, but I am trying:)

  9. Pudding the recipe makes for a great cookie. We always use cookies and cream pudding, and have had success with chocolate pudding as well. Yum!

  10. I used to make chocolate chip cookies without vanilla pudding and only tested this version a couple months ago. Needless to say, I was blown away–so chewy and such an unforgettable taste! Yum!

  11. This is prob. a silly questions, but is it 3 to 4 oz. package vanilla instant pudding mix OR Three of the 4oz packages of vanilla instant pudding mix

  12. I just made these last night- and they’re delicious! Definitely very vanilla-y (if that’s a word!). Mine look nothing like yours but still taste wonderful. Will definitely be making these again in the future.

  13. This is my “go to” chocolate chip cookie recipe. I think the addition of pudding keeps them soft for days. I would venture to say that I make at least 1 batch of these a week…which is probably why I can’t drop these 15 pounds that need to go before summer!

  14. I made these last weekend, and they were pretty darn tasty. We finished them last night, and they stayed soft all week. Good recipe. I used French Vanilla pudding, and that was the only change I made.

  15. I just made these today and they are yummy! My husband is a fan of soft baked cookies and he loved them. Thank you for sharing. Definitely a recipe worth keeping and repeating. Thank you!

  16. Your picture shows the cookies so perfectly flat..mine stayed shaped as balls. I’ll have to try again ’cause I am always searching for that “perfect” cookie recipe.

  17. I made this cookies with my daughter last night, and they are the best chocolate chip cookies ever! Thank you so much for posting recipe!

  18. I will always love chocolate chip cookies but I think vanilla flavor with it will also be a delicious one. I will be trying this one tomorrow for my kid’s snacks. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. So, I made a batch of these on Sunday, and my husband, the self-proclaimed Cookie Monster, went crazy for them. After eating, oh, about a dozen hot from the oven, he said, “These are [bleeping] awesome!” Is it bad that we finished all 3 dozen in less than 3 days?

  20. I have an old church cookbook that has this exact recipe, except it states oleo instead of butter. Maybe your family and the grandma that submitted the recipe knew each other! 🙂

  21. I made these and substitued with white chocolate chips, lemon pudding, and no vanilla extract. 9 minutes in the oven and OH MY GOODNESS were they tasty!!!

  22. We’ve also had this recipe for a long time! But we use any instant pudding and chip combo… my favorite being chocolate pudding mix and peanut butter chips, but I also love the unique combos we’ve done like butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips. Yum!

  23. Hi, I have stumbled across this recipe of yours and it looks simply glorious, and would like to try it out. There’s one problem though: I come from Malta in Europe, and I have no idea what a pudding mix is (vanilla or otherwise!)! Is it a normal cake mix? Could you perhaps send me a private email with some Brandname examples, so that I could look for an equivalent here in my country? Many thanks!

    1. It is an instant pudding mix. JELLO is the brand I use. You add the powdered mix to the cookie dough. I hope you can find some! It makes the cookies really soft.

  24. Thanks for blogging! I substituted unsweetened cocoa for 1/4 cup of the flour, used chocolate pudding and white chocolate chips, and got tasty double chocolate cookies! Yum:)

  25. I absolutely LOVE cookies and these looked delicious and I couldn’t wait to bake them. When I went to make them the only kind of pudding mix I had was Cheesecake so I figured why not…the result was delicious!

  26. These were great. I am not a chocolate chip cookie fan but these won me over. The vanilla pudding definitely makes them a hit.

  27. Is there a way to make these peanut buttery? My thought was to drop out an egg and add peanut butter, but I’m not sure how much PB to add. Thoughts?

  28. This morning I made these cookies for the second time. They are Devine! And they stay soft forever…and so many possible variations. This time I used cheesecake pudding mix with milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolates chips. Thanks for this recipe!

  29. I made the following changes to make a slightly peanut buttery version:
    1/2 c butter
    1/2 c peanut butter
    5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding
    3 eggs

    I also used mini chocolate chips because they’re so darn cute.

    Cookies got great reviews from everyone! Thanks!

  30. I’m not sure if I forgot to hit post when I wrote last night or if it just hasn’t processed. Sorry if it’s the latter.

    I made a peanut butter version last evening that was a HIT with everyone who tried them.

    Here are the changes I made:
    1/2 c. unsalted butter
    1/2 c. peanut butter
    5.1 oz. package instant vanilla pudding
    3 eggs

    (The last two changes are because I only had a 5 oz box of pudding. Not sure the extra egg would be necessary with a box the size of the original recipe.)

    Like I said, they were a hit! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  31. These are amazing! I love soft cookies and could never really find a good recipe, but then I was trying to get rid of some vanilla pudding that I had. So, I Googled “Things to do with vanilla pudding” and your recipe came up! The dough tastes like vanilla frosting…. sooo yummy. I can’t stop eating them, I am eating one right now as I type this out! Thanks for sharing this! 😀

  32. Hate to leave this here but couldn’t find an email address to contact you at about this. Just thought you should know that Sweet Nothings Desserts on Facebook is using your image of the cookies on the plate as her own, she cropped out your table cloth and watermarked her name over the image. You can still tell the pictures is the same as above. Just about any clear crisp picture on her page you can google the name of the item and the picture pops up with a link back to a blog where she is taking them from. You are one of MANY she has done this to.

  33. I made 3 batches of these for a party last week and people could not eat them fast enough! One guy ate 7 in row and made himself a plate to go. I usually never eat what I bake but the next morning, I ate 3 for breakfast. They were still soft and smooth the next day!

    Wonderful cookie!

  34. Have you seen the cookie and cream miniatures from Hershey’s?!? They come in milk chocolate and cookies and cream too. I’m going to cut some up and put them in this recipe tonight. Yum!!!

  35. Are these cookies supposed to be REALLY soft even after they are cooled overnight? I made these yesterday and I have to be careful when picking them up because they are SO soft and break apart super easy. I actually had to refridgerate them so they would harden up a bit, but even after taking them out of the refridgerator and letting them sit out for a while, they go right back to being extremely soft again. Normally when I make home made chocolate chip cookies, they are not like this. Not sure if I did something wrong or if it is because there is vanilla pudding added? I followed the instructions exactly :/

  36. Also, I will be using half the chocolate chips if I decide to make these again. I had a feeling that 2 cups would be WAY too much and it certainly was. Normally I use a little 1 cup of chocolate chips for 2 dozen cookies, but I decided to follow this recipe exactly.

  37. I baked them for 12 minutes at 350. They turned out VERY thin as well which could have also contributed to them falling apartso easily when you picked them up. Maybe I will try making the cookie a little bit bigger. I used a small cookie dough scoop instead of a normal sized one because that’s all I had other than a spoon. I think that might be a problem too. They did taste really good though!

  38. As a young 18 year old, the kitchen is not exactly my scene, but I’ve been making these cookies for everyone, school and church. They love it and so does my 8 year old brother.

    Best cookies I’ve ever had. The vanilla pudding mix is magic. Thank you so much!

  39. Have you ever made a chocolate cookie base version using instant chocolate pudding? I was thinking of making chocolate peanut butter cookies. Thanks.

  40. I made these cookies for my husband this weekend, and he declared they were the best chocolate chip cookies he has ever eaten-even better than his MOTHER’S!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  41. These are so so so delicious! My son declared them the best chocolate chip cookies ever! We also love the butterscotch pudding triple chip cookies. Your cookie recipes rule!

  42. My youngest son and I just made these cookies. They are awesome. I was leary about putting pudding in cookies mix but if pudding can make a cake more moist it has to do the same thing for cookies and trust it does!!!!

  43. A colleague made these cookies and shared some with me at lunch time. These are such a wonderful change from the regular old worn out chocolate chip cookie recipe! They are my new favorites! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  44. I just made these and they are one of the most delicious cookies I have EVER eaten! Made them with 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 peanut butter chips….SOOOOOO GOOD!

  45. I made these as part of a gift package for my mom, mother-in-law, and grandma for Mother’s day and oh my are they amazing. I have yet to give them to my g-ma or mother-in-law but my mom was so absolutely loved them. The pudding gives them a very unique and welcomed texture and they are sweet but not too sweet! This one is going into the recipe folder for sure.

  46. I made this today and I didnt like how it turned out! The cookies didnt look like the pictures you have and it tasted undone. I followed exactly the direction. I like my cookies flat like what you have in the pictures. The cookies didnt spread out like yours It taste ok but not the best!

  47. Made these today with 1 cup mini chocolate chips and 1 cup red, white and blue M&Ms. So yummy, so soft, so perfect! This is the cookie recipe that I have been searching for all my life! Only bad thing about them is they are so good I am going to need to fast for a week to recover from all the calories that I have consumed today!!!!


  49. I accidentally just made these with banana vanilla pudding mix (instead of just vanilla pudding). A delicious accident! Try it!

  50. I found this on Pinterest. They are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!!

  51. I made these today and everyone said these are the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever had, thanks for a great and easy recip!

  52. Ack, my cookies didn’t turn out anything like yours. Mine are more like puddles and they are greasy. I might have used the wrong pudding. I bought the type you have to cook, not instant. My mistake I guess, but the recipe doesn’t specify the type, and I don’t usually purchase pudding mixes. When I was baking them, I noticed the batter seems too loose, so I added a little bit more flour, but that didn’t make a difference.

  53. My BAD. The recipe is perfect, I just did not read it correctly. I remade the cookies with the correct instant pudding and they came out perfect. Thanks.

  54. Make these ALL the time. My husband is not a sweets guy but insists I make these at least twice a month!! Eats the whole batch in 2 days…. That’s 24 cookies!

  55. I made these for the first time tonight. They are excellent. I’m going to try the chocolate fudge next. Just need to remember to pick up the pudding at the store.

  56. My husband just made these delicious cookies. They are moist and yummy! Now we are off to the river with a few of them and a thermos of coffee to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Thanks for the recipe.

  57. Hi!! I’ve made these cookies a million times and tonight I made a double batch and forgot the baking soda!!! They look fine, do you think they will be ok?

  58. I make these all the time, but the this last time I made them I forgot to get the vanilla pudding! I had a box of pumpkin spice pudding mix left over from Halloween so I used that instead… AMAZING! Used dark chocolate chips instead too… I call them Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies… You have to try them!

  59. A coworker brought these cookies to lunch and I also received a box of them during our gift exchange. Well I loved them so when I brought the box home and gave some to my husband he insisted I get the recipe! They are delicious

  60. So my roommate and i have eaten many of these cookies before. They are normally amazing and not poo poo. But we tried our hand in making them ourselves. The flour measurement is messed up man. You need to put an “and” between 2 and 1/4. Because what we did was put a 1/2 or 2 1/4 flour. now do you see why we fucked up. Thank you for ruining my glorious sweet cookies. I ate some egg ass cookies and now i feel incomplete. Please fix this recipe for males so no other hungry college students have to feel this way again. sincerely Millbus Butoon III.

  61. Would the recipe need to be altered to add nuts? If so, how would you suggest making these to not ruin their original awesomeness? Thank you!

  62. I found this recipe on Pinterest last year and decided to try it. My family and kids loved them!!!! I love to bake and have tried many different cookie recipes and I always seem to come back to this one :). They are super yummy, fluffy, and everyone I’ve made them for just loves them! I’m actually making them as I write this for my kids Carnival day at school 🙂

  63. I tried this recipe and the dough tastes amazing. But I have questions! Mine didn’t spread as much as yours did. What do you think could be causing that? Also, do you use light or dark brown sugar? Does it matter? Do you chill the dough at all before baking? 

    This is truly a wonderful recipe. Just trying to figure out a couple of things I may be doing wrong. 

    1. Did you use too much flour or was your butter too cold? Might be a reason why they didn’t spread. You can use light or dark brown sugar. I don’t chill the dough before baking, but you certainly can!

  64. 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding package? I live in California and only see 1 oz. or 5 oz. packages. Should I use a scale to measure?

  65. Just wanted to know, could i freeze the dough and bake from frozen? I’m pregnant and worried i’ll eat ALL of them if I dont freeze some… and of course i need that freshly baked element to enjoy them to their full potential . K, thanks. 

    1. Yes, I freeze the dough all of the time. You can also freeze the cookies. Both work well! Congrats to you!

  66. I’ve been using the same recipe for 20 years and it is still my favorite. We like to use chocolate pudding sometimes. 

  67. Have not made these in a ling time and had to find a recipe for them. I think they always turn out well. Will add pecans.

  68. OMG!!! I made these cookies last night after seeing an Instagram friend post a photo. These were AMAZING!!!! I absolutely LOVED them. Heading up to TXST to see our son for family weekend, and I’m taking him the cookies. Mine yielded less than 3 dozen because he likes a bigger cookie, but I still got almost 2 dozen out of the recipe.

  69. I’ve made these cookies twice now within a month. The first time I made these cookies, I took them to work, and all my co workers loved them! The second time I made these cookies, I sent them home with my daughter to where she attends college. She told me today that she shared these cookies with a bunch of friends in the school lounging area. They told her these were the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever had! Kudos to you!

  70. Loved this recipe!! Husband loved them. They came out very moist and chewy. The only thing is that they didn’t look this perfect. But, who cares they were delicious. I am going to make them again for my fundraiser. 🙂

  71. Made these cookies often. They are nice and soft and delicious. Many times I add several different kinds of chips in one batter..

  72. Love love love this recipe! I added peanut butter chips and walnuts to switch up the batches. The cookies stay soft for days after.

  73. The most amazing chocolate chip cookies I have ever baked. Love them….super moist and a big hit with my kids and husband.

  74. Made it! It’s good.  I can’t bake at all and your buttermilk banana bread and these cookies came out yummy. Thanks.

  75. This recipe has truly become a family favorite. Everyone who tries these cookies say they are the best they have ever had. I have made it so many times that I know the recipe off the top of my head. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  76. This is literally the exact same recipe that my mom always made growing up! Everyone always asked what her secret was as they are the BEST chocolate chip cookies they’ve ever had! The pudding mix definitely adds a lot…and so many flavor ideas too!

  77. I make these all the time! They are really easy to make and they stay soft. I also add a tsp of baking powder. A great everyday chocolate chip cookie!

  78. The picture looks like they have sea salt on top but I don’t see it in the recipe or instructions. Is there salt on them? 

  79. I found this recipe in a magazine years ago. I have made these for years. Lost my copy and was so pleased to be able to locate this one on this site. . These cookies are soft and cakey due to the pudding but so delicious. Basically same ingredients as most chocolate chip recipes but the pudding makes them special. My family loves them…..

  80. I just made these and they are excellent!! I like that you don’t have to chill the dough. The hardest part was waiting for the butter to soften. Thank you!

  81. The photo of the cookies looks like some coarse salt has been sprinkled on them? Just curious if that is the case or is it turbinado sugar?

  82. This is a wonderful recipe! Anytime I make them, they disappear. They stay soft, and they’re so yummy. I did accidentally buy cook and serve pudding, but didn’t notice until I had everything ready to go. It worked as well.

  83. How long would you say these cookies last? 4 days would be perfect, I’ve been making these cookies longer than I can remember, but now I’m trynna figure out their shelf life so Inam looking for other people that have made them before. I am making 224 for my marching band. And I need them for a competition on Saturday, we leave at 8am and Friday I am busy with band stuff that day too. So Thursday and Wednesday was when I was going to make them. You think they will be alright? And would you suggest putting them in the fridge after cooking and such? Thanks! 

  84. I have been making these amazing cookies ever since they put the recipe on the inside of the jello pudding box way back in the early 80’s!! There is NOTHING better than these cookies! It’s been my LONG time go to for Chocolate Chip Cookies for many many years!

  85. I originally got this recipe from a friend. It has been my “go to” for the easiest and most delicious soft chocolate chip cookie recipe! The only thing I would add is that I get the eggs AND (unsalted) butter to room temperature before mixing. Sometimes I chill the dough before baking. They turn out perfect every time! 

  86. Best chocolate chip cookies in the world, I’ve been making them from this recipe for years and get so many compliments and requests.  Keep them small for best turnout. Don’t cook longer than the recipe says because they’re very soft so you may think they aren’t done but they’re perfect when cooled. 

    1. I’ve been using this recipe for years to make a giant cookie cake. It works great on a large cookie sheet. No alterations needed. I frost with cream cheese frosting and it’s one of the best things ever!

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