Saturday, January 9, 2010

More Chocolate Chip Cookies...with a little crunch this time!

Well, today was the official first day of classes for the spring semester of grad school!! I’ve been reading over the syllabus for my Economics class and trying to get back in the studying mood! I already have a homework assignment due next week! I’m already starting to stress!!! I’m also taking a Hospitality Management class (which I’m excited about), but haven’t received my info for that class yet.

The schools were on a two hour delay today because they were forecasting snow. It didn’t snow as I expected, but it was nice to sleep in a little this morning! Maybe we’ll see some snow before winter ends!

Since I totally had it together tonight, (we had eaten, kids were ready for bed, the kitchen was clean, and it was only 7 pm….GO ME!!) I decided to bake cookies. Tonight, I baked yummy chocolate chip cookies using my 2nd favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I shared my favorite recipe recently. It really just depends on how you like your cookies. These cookies aren’t as soft and chewy as the others…they are crunchier on the outside, but soft on the inside. The instant pudding adds a nice flavor to them.

Don't you think my husband will be delighted to come home from work to this huge plate of cookies?  Hmm...I hope so.

Chocolate Chip Cookies that Crunch

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
¾ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (I either use vanilla or French vanilla)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
4. Beat in instant pudding mix.
5. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
6. Add flour mixture and stir well.
7. Stir in chocolate chips and drop dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Or ungreased cookie sheet if you don’t have parchment paper).
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven.

By the way, Macey usually helps me when I bake cookies. She BEGS to help me in the kitchen. I have to say no when I’m baking for a customer, but I let her help when we are eating it! Her favorite job is sifting flour! She wanted to pose with the cookie dough tonight!! :)

...And she insisted that I take a close-up shot of her hands holding some of the dough!  She has been watching me way too much...she's going to be a food blogger when she grows up :)


Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I like all chocolate chip cookies!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Holly said...

Happy SITS Sharefest Saturday! Yummy chocolate chips! I just posted a cookie recipe this am too...with bacon!
Holly @ 504 Main

Rachel said...

yum! i never thought to add instant pudding. thanks for sharing...and happy saturday sharefest!

WhiteSockGirl said...

I don't bake,.. but I am so going to ask my niece to try this. She is quite the chef in making!

Helene said...

Yum!!! Those look delicious! I would've never thought to use pudding mix in the cookie dough!!!

I'm so glad you found my blog because it led me to discover yours! I'm a wanna-be baker...I've been wanting to take cake decorating lessons but time always seems to slip away from me! I can tell I'm really gonna enjoy your blog!

Alison said...

Helene, you should go for it! I learned by watching my Mom and Grandmother over the years. I never took lessons. I would recommend looking up some videos on youtube if you can't find the time to go take lessons somewhere! The big thing is having the right supplies! Then just practice!!


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