Saturday, January 26, 2008

The best chocolate chip cookies ever!

When I was a freshman in high school, I had a friend named Jenn Kostiuk who made the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever! They were soft and chewy and thick, yum! She would never tell me her secret ingredient and no matter how I have tried over the years, I have never been able to make cookies as good as hers. The only other cookies that have come close to Jenn's are Sara Durose's CC cookies. I have missed those since we moved out of the "Pink Home House" (the kids name for the house we lived in with Sara and Dave). Anyway, a few months ago I discovered these cookies and they have become the replacement for my old stand by chocolate chip cookie recipe. My freshman year of high school was awhile ago, but I think I have finally found a recipe as good as Jenn's!

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside.
In kitchen aid bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
Beat in instant pudding mix until blended.
Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
Blend in flour mixture.
Add chocolate chips.
I use my Pampered Chef, 1 TBSP scoop and drop cookies on cookies sheets covered with parchment paper.
Bake for 12 min. Edges should be golden brown.
Cool on wire rack, and enjoy!

Makes somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 dozen cookies. Make sure you share them with your neighbors before you taste them and decide to keep them all for yourself!
Interesting fact: I had to pull out my Freshman year book to remember how to spell Jenn's last name (that is not the interesting fact). When I opened it up I remembered that my Freshman year book was dedicated to the schools head custodian. Now, that is something you don't see too often!


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