It's freezing cold here today (my car told me it was -22 this morning), so I expect all you local readers will be staying inside if at all possible! And what better activity to do with the kids (or the husbands!) on a cold day than to make cookies?
I've been making these cookies for years, and they never lose their appeal. They're soft and chewy and have the slight, unexpected flavor of cinnamon. Mr. Kim Chee asks for these cookies more than any others. I'm a big fan of the Toll House recipe, but sometimes I crave something a little different--and these are it!
I wonder how many pictures of butter and sugar I've taken so far?
Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes in a 350F oven, and soon you'll have dozens of delicious, soft cookies. Want to switch things up a little? Try different kinds of puddings. Caramel pudding with butterscotch and chocolate chips is amazing. Give things a darker twist by using chocolate pudding. Try them with peanut butter or white chocolate chips! Wait until fall and track down some pumpkin pie pudding, and try them with toffee chips! Whatever you do, make sure you've got lots of milk handy. You're going to need it!
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
8 tbsp. (1/2 c.) butter, softened
8 tbsp (1/2 c.) shortening, softened
1/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 small package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 package semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugars.
Add pudding mix and vanilla; mix well.
Add eggs; mix well
Add 1 c. of the flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir until just combined.
Add remaining 1 1/4 c. flour and remaining baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until just combined.
Use a spoon to stir in chocolate chips.
Drop cookies onto a lightly greased sheet very close together. Use the back of a spoon to smoosh down your cookies.
Bake for 7-8 minutes until cookies are set but not darkly colored. Let cool slightly before moving to a cooling rack. Enjoy with a glass of milk or steaming cup of cocoa or coffee!