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!
4.72 from 25 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. 5 stars
    The most amazing chocolate chip cookies I have ever baked. Love them….super moist and a big hit with my kids and husband.

  2. 5 stars
    Made it! It’s good.  I can’t bake at all and your buttermilk banana bread and these cookies came out yummy. Thanks.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 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? 

  7. 5 stars
    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…..

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 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?

  10. 5 stars
    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.

  11. 5 stars
    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! 

  12. 5 stars
    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!

  13. 5 stars
    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! 

  14. 5 stars
    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!

  15. These cookies are delicious! So soft and tasty. I may try it with butterscotch pudding next time.
    I got over 5 dozen cookies using my small Pampered Chef scoop.

  16. 5 stars
    Outstanding recipe and result. I’m thrilled.

    I love to get my hands into what I’m baking… I didn’t feel like hauling out and cleaning the stand mixer. So glad I did. My butter was still a little firm, but the heat of my hands when combining with the sugar gave the dough a beautiful texture. I had some leftover chocolate chunks from Christmas, so I made large cookies (five) and a dozen “smaller” cookies. Froze them all so they can be baked up on demand. Texture was awesome, even the next day, and not the least bit greasy! This one’s a keeper!

  17. 4 stars
    Super good cookies, but each time I’ve made them they kind of still look like little balls and don’t spread out. Not sure what I’m doing wrong ??

  18. My niece brought these to a family gathering, so I got the recipe from her. She said she uses 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of shortening, so that is how I made them. Next time I will try it with the 1 cup of butter so I can compare the two. Delicious cookies!

  19. These taste so so good but my husband doesnt like them thick and cakey and mine keep turning out that way. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  20. These are excellent cookies. Actually a family favorite now. We use chocolate pudding and butterscotch and the both turned out fabulous! Keeper for sure!

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