Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Incredibly soft and delicious Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies will become the only cookie recipe you make. These are award-winning!

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies made with vanilla pudding mix.

My sister-in-law, Christine, gave me this special recipe the year Kale and I were married, so for 16 years now they have been my go-to recipe. 😀 These cookies are seriously award-winning!

Delicious, soft and incredible is exactly what these cookies are. The vanilla pudding mix is the key ingredient and what gives them that final wow-factor.

If Kale could pick only one treat I make him it would be these cookies. They are his absolute favorite. He begs me to make them all the time. I can bribe him with anything if I make him a batch of these. haha. No joke. They are amazing, and in our opinion, the best ever.

Make them for yourself and you’ll see why!

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies made with vanilla pudding mix.


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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies made with vanilla pudding mix.
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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Incredibly soft and delicious Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies will become the only cookie recipe you make. These are award-winning!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 32


  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 bag (11 ounces) milk chocolate chips (I like to use the milk chocolate Guittard baking chips)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, or stand-mixer, add the butter, both sugars, pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until creamy and combined.
  • Gradually add in the flour and baking soda to the mixture. Beating on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop batter by Tablespoons on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for only 9 to 10 minutes. (They may not seemed fully baked, but they are. Do not over bake!)
  • Remove from oven and let cookies rest and cool on the cookie sheets. No need to transfer to wire racks.
  • Serve with milk and enjoy these delicious devils! ♥



Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies made with vanilla pudding mix.

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    1. Is this recipe made using gas or electric oven? Sometimes that changes how long to cook them for.

  1. I made these last night at 9pm in a “I need chocolate now” kind of mood. These are amazing. Super moist and thick. They do not spread out as the bake. Will be making these again.

    1. 5 stars
      Not with this exact recipe, but if you make these adjustments you can make this as a cookie bar:

      2 cup salted butter, softened
      1 cup brown sugar
      1 cup granulated white sugar
      1 box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
      2 large eggs
      2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      2 Teaspoon baking powder
      1 bag (11 ounces) milk chocolate chips (I like to use the milk chocolate Guittard baking chips)

      Use a greased 9×13 baking dish

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.

      In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until well combined.

      Add eggs and the vanilla; beat until combined.

      Add in flour, pudding powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Continue to mix until well blended.

      Add the chocolate chips and combine again. (Batter will be thick.)

      Using a spatula, transfer batter to the prepared dish and spread it out evenly.
      Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.

      Remove from the oven and allow to cook completely before separating from the parchment paper. Cut into bars and enjoy!

      1. 5 stars
        I accidentally scrolled and thought your recipe was the cookie recipe. Its been awhile since ive made these and i was thinking ‘wow i dont remember this much butter……so i went with it. These are delicious!!! I used mini morsels – amazing.

  2. I have made these lots of times and each time they turned out great!! I won 2nd place in a baking contest with these cookies! They are SO easy to make and are absolutely amazing!!

  3. OK, variation I just tried and has won everyone in the household: Use chocolate fudge pudding instead of the vanilla. I was out of the milk chocolate chips and used semi-sweet instead. Also added a dash of salt. Perfection for anyone in a gotta-have-alot-of-chocolate-now state. Next I’m trying a french vanilla pudding with dark chocolate chips thinking the sweetness of the french vanilla will nicely balance the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. We’ll see!

    1. If you’re wanting some variation try making this recipe with Banana Cream Pudding and milk chocolate chips. It is seriously to die for! SOO yummy!!!

    2. Combos I’ve made:
      I prefer semi sweet chips and M&M’s
      Reese pieces and peanut butter chips
      Semi sweet only.
      I make a quadruple batch at Christmas, but use 5 bags of semi sweet chips. The extra chips make it decadent!

  4. My Mother and I make these often. I add white chocolate and they are amazing. I also try it with chocolate instant pudding mix and they are equally delicious!

  5. I made these but i used the nestle tollhouse chocolate chunks instead of chips. They came out wonderful!

  6. Hmmmm I have coconut pudding in the cupboard. I could try making ‘Mounds’ cookies using dark chocolate chips. I am feeling inspired!

  7. I love these cookies, the first time I made the, I didn’t have any baking soda so I used 4 tsp of baking powder instead. They spread well while still being thick and moist. I found my variation makes the cookies better next day instead of day of. My husband and everyone at his work loves them so much they have become slightly addicted. I get requests for them all the time.

    1. Lily, Bird’s Custard powder would be the closest substitute I can think of. You could try measuring 3.4 ounces of it using a scale.

  8. I have had a recipe like this for about 10 yrs. It used the semi-sweet chips but they make an excellent M&M cookie with the M&M Chocolate Mini Baking Bits.

  9. Followed recipe to a T. Delicious. While I was baking the batches Hubby was standing by the cookies that were cooling with a gallon of milk.

  10. These are perfection and are my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe made 36 cookies for me. Will post a write up over at my blog next month. Thank you SO MUCH for the recipe!

  11. The pudding chocolate chip cookies were excellent. Pudding kept them moist. Awesome. Try some, you’ll like them.

  12. These cookies are absolutely mouth watering amazing!!! Wow! I had to walk away from the batch so I would stop eating them. Lol will definitely be my go to super moist chocolate chip recipe from now on! Thanks.

  13. Not only do these look delicious, I have made this recipe for years and know that they are delicious. I’ve never found a better recipe for chocolate chip cookies. They really are no fail if you have a hard time getting cookies to come out good like me!

      1. Thank you, I made them using unsalted butter and they tasted a little flat, so I figured I’d check. Thanks so much

  14. These are my new favorite cookie. I heart CC cookies and I never make them at home because my oven cooks too hot and I hate flat over cooked cookies. I decided to try these because the pics were to die for. They turned out perfect! So perfect I’ve made them 3 times in 2weeks. They stay soft and keep their shape. I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Just made these cookies, the best ever. I didn’t have vanilla pudding so I used lemon pudding turned out fine.

  16. Super awesome! Made these today, March 2/2017. so glad I found them by accident. LOVE happy accidents!

  17. Made these today for my stepdaughters wedding. I can make any kind of cookie except for chocolate chip. My never turned out right. I figured I would give this a try. They are wonderful! My husband is very happy because I can make chocolate chip cookies now. Thank you!

  18. Holly, I made these cookies yesterday and they are great! What attracted me to your recipe was the photo and the pudding. I was not disappointed. The cookies came out exactly like your photo and they are so yummy! They are fluffy looking and tender, which is what I look for in a chocolate chip cookie. I also appreciate that you write just a little bit about your cookie, describing why it is special. You are honest :o) THANK YOU FOR MY NEWEST, FAVORITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE!

  19. Great recipe. I’ve been making cookies using a recipe very similar for the last 15+ years. My kids and I have fun coming up with different variations. We have used mixed berry compound butter with cheesecake pudding and white chocolate chips for a berru cheesecake cookie.. Add a 1/2 cup peanut butter and peanut butter chips for a great peanut butter cookie. Vanilla chips and green tea with pistachio pudding is a great combo. Chocolate pudding, dark chocolate chips and dried and marchino cherries are a great combo for black forest cookies. It really is one of those recipes you can totally play with.

  20. One of the easiest recipes I’ve made and very delicious. No wire cooling racks needed, no spatula either. I will definitely be making them again.

    1. I never pack my flour or spoon in flour. I do the scoop and sweep method. I scoop the measuring cup into the flour and sweep off the excess to level. Hope that helps!

  21. 5 stars
    For anyone that is on the edge about trying these, literally just do it. These are the best cookies I have ever made in my entire life, and everyone I know loves them. I make these for every event: my family, my in-laws, and my friends devour them and beg for me.


  22. 5 stars
    I made these with butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips. The store only had the cook and serve kind not the instant. I tried it anyway and it worked fine. Maybe not quite as puffy but still delicious. Thought I would post in case anyone only had cook and serve in the cupboard. Go ahead and use it. It works fine.

    1. Yes, after you bake the cookies let them cool completely. Then freeze in a large ziplock freezer bag for up to 1 to 2 months.

  23. 5 stars
    Oh so wonderful…melt in your mouth cookies!!! will be making again and again…this recipe is a keeper!!! Easy to make and grandkids will love them : )

  24. 5 stars
    My husband is an instructor in the navy, and we make this recipe for every student that goes through his classroom. these cookies are so well-loved and have delighted hundreds of sailors over the last few years. Thank you for the most delicious cookie recipe on the internet!

    1. That is so awesome to hear that you make these cookies for your students 🙂 That is really amazing. Thank you for letting me know and for your kind comment!

  25. 4 stars


  26. I lost my original recipe years ago so glad I found it again! These are hands down the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had and I get many compliments and requests for the recipe! Thank you

  27. 4 stars
    Didnt feel like digging out my recipe SO I tried this one. Turned out great. I used the chocolate pudding which is my husband’s favorite. Have also made with butterscotch. As someone who pours bags of chocolate chips into canisters…I used 2 cups (12 ounces). Cookies are very moist but retain their shape so they make nice presentation. Definitely 5 star !!! But can’t get 5th star to highlight.

  28. 5 stars
    LIterally the best cookie recipe! I sincerely get disappointed if someone makes chocolate chip cookies without using the pudding! YOu will not be disappointed!

  29. 5 stars
    Made a batch of these using white chocolate pudding mix and they came out terrific! Will definitely make this recipe again. 🙂

  30. 5 stars
    Finally i found a homemade chocolate chip cookie with the texture i am looking for, soft yet chewy with some body to them. Whi knew a box of pudding mix could make such a simple big difference in the “girth” of a cookie! Thank you for the recipe.

  31. I made these cookies! I Made double batch and used pistachio pudding, butter SCOTCH and CHOC. Chips and added little salt and they’re perfect!thank you for the recipe i believe it’s the best cookie dough recipe ever!

  32. Hi Chrissy, I updated the recipe with the 2 1/3 cups flour. That is the measurement of flour I use all the time with great results 🙂

  33. When my husband comes home from the grocery store, and I see a box of vanilla pudding on the counter, I know that he is hinting that I better make these cookies again…..they are his favorite!! I use what ever kind of morsals I have in the cupboard.

  34. 5 stars
    I have made these twice in the last two weeks followed the recipe exactly and they came out great. They came out super moist. I will be making another batch soon for the holiday season. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to all your recipes.

  35. 5 stars
    From someone whose cookies always go flat, these not only tasted but looked delicious, too! I will definitely make again. (I had the same problem with caps lock, sorry!)

  36. 5 stars
    Been making this recipe for years. I have also used chocolate pudding with Chocolate chips or peanutbutter chips.

  37. OMG!! These are the best homemade chocolate chip cookies I have ever made!!! Definitely going to Make these my go to cookies.

  38. Hi this looks great! So you don’t have salt in your recipe? Most chocolate chip cookie recipes have saLt. Are these more sweet without the salt and with the pudding mix?

    1. Nope, no salt. The butter I use is always salted butter, that’s the only salt in the recipe. These are sweet cookies for sure! They are the best!

  39. 5 stars
    These are hands down the best cookies ever. Made them for my boyfriend because I had an extra box of vanilla pudding mix i was trying to get rid of. They are perfect- the flavor and texture is better than any traditional recipe I’ve tried. So easy to make, not a lot of dirty dishes and crazy good! My new go to cookie recipe- will definitely be experimenting with more variations of these!

  40. Hello these are my ABSOLUTE favorite cookies and when i make them for people they’re a hit. I want to make them for my wedding for the dessert table and I’m wondering if they can be frozen. Thank you.

    1. Yes, after they have been baked and completely cooled, you can freeze them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. 🙂

  41. I swear I’ve made these cookies before and everybody loved them. But now I’m looking at the recipe that’s on this page and it is not chocolate chip putting cookies It IS white chocolate chip cookies with Oreos crushed in them. What happened to the chocolate chip cookie recipe?

  42. 4 stars
    Love the recipe out of vanilla instant pudding this morning can I use chocolate instant pudding please Thank you

    1. Hi Cindy! Yes you can use instant chocolate pudding in these cookies. 🙂 They will have more of a chocolate flavor but still amazing!

  43. 5 stars
    Absolutely DELICIOUS I did them with Chocolate fudge pudding and mixed chips… You are correct, when you say bribing the hubby with these absolutely work’s wonder’s. Great recipe. Have even done butter SCOTCH, with Butter Scotch CHIPS for a customer. Loved them!!

  44. 5 stars
    We absolutely love these cookies. I do so many variations and its so easy to change it up! Tonights version cookies and cream and also made a batch with chopped reeses pb cups! Family loves these have to always make 2 batches!!!

  45. 5 stars
    my whole family loves these cookies!! we’ve even double/tripled the batch and froze the raw cookie balls to bake later, works great!

    one question, do you think this recipe would work with adding crushed peppermint candy canes?

    1. Hi Amanda! So happy you enjoy these cookies as much as we do. 🙂 Yes you could definitely add crushed candy canes to the dough! If you do that, I would use half the amount of chocolate chips, and add a half cup crushed candy canes. Mix them in the dough like you would the chocolate chips. Baking time won’t change. Hope this helps!

  46. husband has informed me that I’m not allowed to make ch chip cookies any other way. this recipe is mandatory and its delicious . thank you

  47. I liked this recipe but personally i left my cookies in for 13 minutes and they were just the way my family likes them. Thanks for sharing!

  48. 5 stars
    why doesn’t every chocolate chip cookie recipe include pudding?! the best cookies ever! I also tried this recipe with chocolate pudding, they were not as perfect as those made with vanilla pudding.
    I will never again use a packaged cookie mix after using this recipe.

  49. 5 stars
    hands down the *best* chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever made. I’m so excited to add this to my favorites to bake over and over again.

  50. 5 stars
    Everyone loves this cookie! My BFF Kathy made these one day for a gathering and were gone in seconds. This is the only one we make and we always make 2 batches. Love them!

  51. 5 stars
    Best recipe ever! I grew up with my mom making these, except we use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla and top them with brown butter icing! I could never wait for the icing to dry before scarfing them down! I promise you, you’ll never want another kind of cookie again! But be warned, they are highly addictive.

  52. 5 stars
    Made these twice… first time following recipe exactly. they were yummy, but my plan was to deviate immediately, lol!
    I substituted butterscotch baking morsels for half the chocolate chips (I am very guilty of increasing the chip amount), added pecans and called it a day. these were beyond delicious! thank you for a great base recipe!

  53. 5 stars
    Really good recipe. I just finished making this and it’s very tasty. I’m glad I happened to come across this recipe as its now my go to recipe.

  54. 5 stars
    These are my go to cookies! They’re amazing! I use banana pudding instead of vanilla, and everyone loves them!

  55. 5 stars
    Made this recipe countless times and I’ve settled on preferring using white chocolate pudding mix and 60% cacao (bittersweet) ghiardelli chocolate chips (only about 1/2 bag). Turns out great every time. 🙂

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