Monday, August 19, 2013

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband adores chocolate chip cookies.  Like there is serious love going on.  They are the cookie he nearly always requests.  I usually use a basic recipe, the one on the package, and the cookies come out alright, but I always feel they are a little too thin and come out more "brown" or cooked than I would like them to be.  I know that my husband really likes a thick soft cookie, so I did some exploring and came up with this one.  It has a secret ingredient :).  The same secret ingredient in my cake batter cookies (which are my husband's other current favorite - and I think the reason is because of the secret ingredient).
How do you like your cookies?  Thin and on the crisper side or thicker and soft and chewy?

Now, without further ado, lets get to the cookies!

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Recipe:
Recipe adapted from: Six Sisters

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding (just the mix, you don't need to make the pudding)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips (I used mini ones this time!)

Directions: Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugars, and pudding mix.  Add in eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Slowly add in the flour and baking soda.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Using a cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto greased baking sheets.  Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Enjoy!

In case you didn't figure it out, the secret ingredient is the pudding mix.  It is the key to having a really soft and chewy cookie - give it a try!

Side note - this is my 100th post!  I can't believe I've written that much already.  I hope you are enjoying Peanut Life Adventures!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my corner of the web.  Have an amazing day!
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  1. Great looking cookies. I linked here through Tasty Tuesday link up. I would love for you to share this recipe (or others) at my Tuesday Tastings party!

  2. Definitely softer and chewier! Those look amazing. Will be making those today!!!!

  3. i need some cookies about now!!! Thanks for linking up to Tell me Tuesday

  4. I like softer and chewier but hubby likes them crisp and dunkable. I love finding new recipes and I'm pinning this one. Found your post via Tasty Tuesdays.

  5. Congratulations on your 100th post Danielle! great milestone! and the cookies well, what can I say, my little one has a total devotion to chocolate chip, This is a must try recipe! Thank you for sharing at the Fluster Buster Party, I'm co hosting today! Have a great week, Lizy

  6. Congrats on the 100th post! I'm going to have to try the pudding maybe even make some variations like chocolate or banana!

  7. Oooh! Pudding chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

  8. Now I'm so hungry for a Chocolate Chip COOKIE!! Gotta try your secret ingredient... who knew?

    Blessings, Edie Marie

    Found you on Coastal Charm's Tuesday party!

  9. Hi Danielle,
    I can see why your Secret Ingredient would make these awesome cookies. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I love, love, love pudding cookies! Delish!!!

  11. Soft and chewy for me please! I have heard of adding the pudding but have never tried it. I have a very yummy recipe that they are soft and chewy. Still, I want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. I've had cookies with pudding in the mix before and they are delicious.

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  13. pass the milk please. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  14. Yummy :) Congratulations on your 100th post! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)

  15. Wow those look great and the pudding would make them so nice and moist too! Thanks for sharing.

  16. These look delicious! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday!

  17. Congrats on your 100th post! And I lo-ove chewy cookies. I'll be giving this recipe a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.


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