For an easy, year-round treat give these Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies a try! They're super soft and chewy on the inside, with just a hint of crispiness on the outside. Absolute perfection!
- 2 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 3.4 ounce Package Instant Flavored Vanilla Pudding
- 1 cup Vegetable Shortening
- 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
- 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2, 8 ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars, broken into small chunks - or - 11. 5 ounces Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
- Sea Salt Flakes, optional (for sprinkling over cookies)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Break up the bars of chocolate into small chunks using a hammer or your hands. Set aside. If you're using chocolate chips, you can skip this step.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and instant vanilla pudding. Set aside.
- Using your hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar together on medium-high speed until fully incorporated.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract until completely blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low, then gradually add in your whisked dry mixture until well blended. Fold in the chunks of chocolate or chocolate chips.
- Using a spoon or cookie scoop (I used the 1 1/2 tablespoon size), drop the cookie dough onto the parchment lined cookie sheets and space them 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Sprinkle a little sea salt flakes onto each cookie (optional step).
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375ºF (mine baked for 10 minutes), until lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooking rack.
- Keep stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Recipe adapted from the 2001, A Taste of Bedminster Elementary School cookbook.
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