I feel like it's really hard finding a great recipe for soft chocolate chip cookies. I've tried lots of different variations but always thought they were just OK. I actually avoided baking chocolate chip cookies for a while since I felt like each batch in the past was a waste of time. Luckily my sister's friend gave her this recipe. Part way through making this recipe we realized it yielded 3 dozen cookies and thought there was no way we were going to eat them all. Well, between my sister, brother-in-law, and I, we polished them off in 5 days (don't judge).
These cookies are the softest the first 3 days. If you store the cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread in it, it helps the cookies stay soft if they seem to get harder. That trick also works really well if you ever slightly over bake cookies. I'm not sure what makes these cookies so soft, but I'm guessing is has to do with the vanilla pudding mix since that's the only ingredient I've never worked with in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. It might sound like an odd ingredient, but it makes these cookies phenomenal. Another tip for baking these cookies- use a silicone mat instead of parchment paper if you have one (or a few). I had 3 baking sheets filled with cookies, two sheets lined with silicone mats and one lined with parchment paper. The cookies on the parchment paper spread out much more and were thin and crispy whereas the one on the silicone mats puffed up perfectly and were much softer.
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