Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies!

I finally made the perfect chocolate chip cookie!!!

I have a friend who makes the fluffiest cookies that my husband goes nuts over. When I try to make them, they come out flat!

I have now figured out that it must be my oven, the cookie sheet, or the cookie fairy just does not like me! I’m good at making cakes, but not cookies! Well, no more… You must try this chocolate chip cookie recipe if you have ever had problems with cookies coming out flat. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!


The Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 pkg chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)


  1. Stir baking soda, flour and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine butter, sugars and pudding mix, beating until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and egg; beat until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients; mix well.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.

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A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies!


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  1. What is pudding mix in the uk?

  2. the directions say 1/2 pack of choc chips is that a 12 oz pack aore a 24 oz pack.

  3. Jana Morrow Henderson says:

    How many cookies does this make?

  4. Karla Kurtz says:

    These were sooo yummy!! Thank you!

  5. I just made these and found the dough to be crumbly and dry and the cookies didn’t spread much when they baked…

    • @Cathy,

      Sorry about that! I think they are crumbly but mine always turn out really soft. All other cookies I make in my oven spread out to be too much and practically flat. I was never able to get the cookie to be fluffy and soft. I like how they don’t spread that much. I really do think it depends on a person’s oven also. Thanks for trying them!

  6. I use chocolate pudding mix and it is AMAZING too!

  7. I was wondering the same thing. Have you received an answer? Do we make the pudding or just dump the pudding mix straight from the box?

  8. I once went on a quest to make the perfect cc cookie. I read that if you let the dough sit cover in the refrigerator for 12-36 hours the butter and flour react in a way that makes the cookies brown beautifully and the flavor deepens. I also heard cake flour makes the texture really nice. Love your blog! Keep up the great work!

  9. sounds great! I’m going to try them this weekend

  10. Ok, this may be a dumb question but, Do you just open the pudding mix up and dump it in or do you actually make the pudding and then add it? Also, how big of a box of pudding mix??

  11. Don’t these Chocochips Cookies look divine? @LivingLocurto

  12. Mmmm, since I love soft chocolate chip cookies, I do believe I will have to try making these soon RT @livinglocurto

  13. My kids & I will make these Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies today

  14. Cherith says:

    These chocolate chip cookies are by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies i have ever made and I have made many different recipes! The secret really is the pudding! LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the recipe!!

  15. My favorite cookie is one that I put together myself. I use the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on the lid of the Quaker Oats box, omitting the raisins and cinnamon and adding dried cranberries and vanilla chips making cranberry oatmeal vanilla chip cookies.
    And oatmeal is healthy, right? So I totally eat these for breakfast (and snacks throughout the day!).

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  16. i tweaked a classic chocolate chip recipe, and it turned out so good!

    i can’t wait to try your recipe. i bet the pudding makes it nice and moist. and those muffins… yum.

  17. Tamara B. says:

    I just love blueberry cheesecake swirl muffins

  18. Emily T says:

    I love lemon muffins but I am in a chocolate chip muffin mood. They just look REALLY good right now lol.

  19. I am DEFINATLY trying these. My cookie recipe hasn’t been turning out too well lately and I’m awfuly disapointed. That cookie fairy must be skipping over my house. I’m printing your recipe right now!

    I love blueberry muffins…or lemon cranberry…delish!!!

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  20. Your timing is impeccable! I’m putting together a cookie bar for my niece and nephew’s graduation and my chocolate chip cookies always turn out flat too. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I love most muffins— Banana nut is a favorite. Little Debbie’s cranberry orange muffin sounds good though. mmmmm!

  22. The cookie recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it. My favorite muffins are also chocolate chip. Thanks!

  23. I love any muffin that has chocolate in them! :)

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  24. Yummmmmm!! I seriously have not found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that don’t end up flat as pancakes. Yeah, my pancakes are not fluffy, either. Maybe it’s just me? Anyway, sending this to RIGHT NOW!!

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  25. Jayme Q. says:

    My toddler and I both love their blueberry muffins! We’ll have to try the chocolate ones soon, those look yummy! :)

  26. Is there really anything better than a blueberry muffin???

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  27. I really love Banana Nut Muffins!

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  28. Hey thanks for a great choc. chip recipe. I can’t wait to make it…I’m serious!
    I once won a giveaway from you, so please run over to my place before noon tomorrow to sign up for mine. 2nd post down. : ) I’m giving away three seperate things.

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  29. RT @LittleDebbie Free Little Debbie Muffins (and a great cookie recipe!) from @livinglocurto : Go Get ’em!

  30. Well, I must confess, I never met a muffin I didn’t like (hardy har). LindaSonia

  31. The cookies look yummy, can not wait to try your recipe. Those lemon muffins look might tasty. My favorite muffin of all time would be pumpkin, with lemon a very close second. Hope I win, I’ve never tried the little debbie muffins.

  32. Eunice B says:

    The lemon ones look delicious, but then chocolate chip look yummy, too! :-)

  33. RT @LittleDebbie Free Little Debbie Muffins (and a great cookie recipe!) from @livinglocurto: Go get ’em! I entered! ty

  34. Free Little Debbie Muffins (and a great cookie recipe!) from @livinglocurto: Go get ’em!

  35. I would definitely choose the blueberry. I have not tried the LD muffins before. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. i, too, was a horrible chocolate chip cookier baker! until i found a recipe on that are THE BEST EVER! i’ll have to try your recipe. thanks…

  37. Sign me up for the double chocolate muffins. (I’ve already tweeted @LittleDebbie to suggest that these NOT be limited edition!) Mommy Bloggers, unite!

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  38. OMG….Lucky you! I love little debbies. I really love the chocolate muffins and also the lemon ones.

    As for that awesome Cookie Recipe you just shared I am so trying that this weekend for the kiddies! You know what, with the Thanks, You’re Sweet Baggie Labels it’s the perfect gift to give out.

    Thanks so much.

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  39. ohhh my gosh. those cookies are making my mouth water…and i don’t have any chocolate chips right now! AHHH!!!!!!

    um, excuse my drooling…

    anyways, my favorite muffins are by far chocolate chip muffins from tim hortons, or the pumpkin pie filling muffins my momma makes. i honestly did not know little debbie made muffins, so i hope this still counts as an entry! :)

  40. I love muffins, so I would really enjoy these. My favorite kind of muffin is orange cranberry.

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  41. Yum! This post makes my mouth water! I love muffins of all kinds, but I tend to stick with blueberry for “healthy” or chocolate chip if I’m not considering being healthy. :)

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  42. Those cookies look so yummy. My kids love to bake. We are gonna have to try these this summer. Great giveaway too. Free Muffins! I love banana nut muffins.

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  43. I’m a sucker for a good cookie recipe- I plan on making those-
    Thanks for sharing-
    It’s a Happy Day when I make cookies.

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  44. Those cookies look perfect. I am printing the recipe right now. Can’t wait to make/eat them tonight.

  45. The cookies look excellent! One day I’ll try them, I don’t cook sweets that much but I’m guessing it’s in my future with my little boy 😉
    I know he’ll love one of those muffins!

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  46. Hee! You are such a stinker Amy. I’m hoping that I’ll get to eat a few of them before the kids inhale them. We are going to LOVE them!

    Thank you lady. :)

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  47. Wow! Those chocolate chip cookies look divine!!! I think my favorite muffins are honey bran but I also love blueberry or the kind that have sweet cheese in them. yummmm!!!!!

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  48. I heard a long time ago, one of the secrets to making your cookies “fluffier” is to have all of your ingredients room temp – so try taking your egg(s) out to warm up a bit before you make them

    That recipe sounds yummy! I’ll have to give it a try! never heard of putting pudding mix in cookie dough! yum!

    As for the muffins, I’d have to say i ? chocolate! YUM!


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  49. I totally love any type of muffin really
    My fav would be chocolate chocolate chip.
    My 2yo favors blueberry or choc. choc. chip…he’s not picky, well he is but only with veggies!

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  50. Mmmm… muffins. My fav are ones that go great with coffee – like the cinnamon type. YUM!

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  51. I found the answer to flat chocolate chip cookies: cold butter and a little extra flour! I found a buch of tips on My last batch turned out great but I think I’ll try your recipe next time and compare. It’ll be yummy!

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  52. Thanks for the cookie recipe. I have been wanting some and will try this one TONIGHT!

    My favorite muffins are Lemon and Chocolate.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some yummy goodness.

    Andrea in NC

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  53. I was just going to leave a comment saying thanks for the recipe- I can’t wait to try it out. But with a giveaway it’s a double feature! I love Costco muffins best!

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  54. MMMM!! Yummy! Blueberry for me please!! :)

  55. Kristi R. says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe. The instant vanilla pudding kinda threw me off at first.

    Oh and I’m absolutely in love with Banana Nut Muffins. I could eat them for breakfast every day!

  56. Well…considering my name is Debbie (but I’m not little…in age, or size)…but I do love me some cookies and muffins…fav muffin…probably blueberry!!!
    Thanks for the sweet give-a-way..and the recipe!!!

    Deb’s last blog post..Books and Rainbows and Quotes…..

  57. Thanks for the recipe! I *love* chocolate chip cookies – who doesn’t?? Basically anything with chocolate chips is fine by me – speaking of…that’s my favorite Little Debbie muffin too! :)

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