The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are probably my all-time favorite dessert, and this recipe is one of the very best chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve made…and I’ve made a lot of cookies over the years!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  4. Beat in the pudding mix until blended.
  5. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  6. Slowly blend in the flour mixture, about 1/3 at a time.
  7. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

This recipe makes a perfectly soft and chewy cookie!

It’s an unspoken rule in my house that a small amount of cookie dough be saved for my husband! Yes, raw flour and eggs mixed together with chocolate chips are delicious!

A few tips for the best cookies:

  • Always use a fresh, cool baking sheet.  Never put cookie dough on a warm or hot cookie sheet.
  • Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature, but not melted.
  • Bake only 1 sheet of cookies in the oven at a time and make sure to place cookie sheet on the center rack.
  • Store cookies in a sealed container.  To maintain the softest cookies, place a slice of bread in the container with them.  The bread will soak up all the air and get hard, keeping your cookies soft!



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