I'll be honest....I've never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn't like. But there are definitely degrees of appreciation.....and this recipe scores the highest marks. Seriously, I really think they might be my favorite ones ever. I know.....that's an extreme remark to make.....but I'm sticking to it.....at least for now. (The little graduation cap was in honor of Corban's kindergarten graduation, for the record. Totally not required for a delicious cookie.) They're soft, moist, not too cakey, not too crunchy, just a delightful texture and flavor.
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
2.5 t. vanilla
2.5 cups flour
1 (3.3 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 cups chocolate chips (I used part semi-sweet, part milk chocolate)
Preheat oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla until well blended. Add in eggs and mix well. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Add slowly to creamed mixture, stirring only until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes. I only baked for 8 minutes. Turned out perfect.