SAM 1140 Back to Basics: Chocolate Chip Cookies

It finally happened. I succumbed to baker’s block. When I have writer’s block, it’s no big deal because I just bake and then write about the experience. But baker’s block? How was I supposed to get over that?

To get through the slump, I turned to an old standby: chocolate chip cookies. My grandma gave me the recipe I use most often because I like its special ingredient, pudding mix. It is not necessary to make the pudding.  Simply add the dry mix to the batter, and prepare to enjoy a delightfully tender cookie. Seriously, this chocolate chip cookie is like a regular chocolate chip cookie that went on vacation and came back in a much better mood.

I used vanilla pudding mix tonight and added in both semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. In the past, I used chocolate pudding mix with equally satisfying results. I have always wanted, but have yet to try, butterscotch pudding mix.

All day long I wondered about what new and interesting thing to bake tonight, and for the first time since I began this project I was not looking forward to baking. So I went back to basics. And you know what?  It was really nice.

SAM 1134 Back to Basics: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 – 3.4 ounce package instant pudding mix, chocolate or vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • optional: 1 cup walnuts
  1. Whisk together the flour and baking soda and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together.
  3. Add the instant pudding mix and vanilla extract and beat until well blended.
  4. Add the eggs, one a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips, and if desired, the walnuts.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.


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