Instant pudding mix can make a huge difference in the texture of cookies. Mixing it into the dough makes the cookies have a richer flavor and also makes the texture chewier and the cookies less likely to flatten out while they’re baking!
Any small candies like chocolate chips or Reese’s Pieces would be delicious in this recipe, and you can use chocolate pudding mix instead of vanilla if you want. Even butterscotch pudding mix and chopped nuts in place of candies would be really interesting to try :) I chose M&Ms with vanilla pudding mix.
I used a wooden spoon to mash together softened butter with white sugar and brown sugar.
Then I beat in vanilla extract, the pudding mix, and eggs (which I had also set out on the counter to warm up a little with the butter, cookies sometimes turn out wrong because the eggs used in the dough are too cold).
I stirred in flour, baking powder, and salt to make a dough and then mixed in the candies.
I chilled the dough overnight (this is really the secret to thick, fluffy, cookies that don’t collapse in the oven!) and rolled the dough into ping-pong-ball-sized cookies
I took them out of the oven when the edges had just started to turn a little golden, although they seem at first like they are pretty undercooked. After cooling, though, they firmed up and were just perfectly chewy!
These cookies are really unhealthy but SO tasty. And though they do require some waiting around as they have to chill in the refrigerator overnight, it is totally worth it for tall, chewy and delicious cookies!
M&M Pudding Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package vanilla pudding
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 bag M&Ms
Take the eggs and butter out of the refrigerator a few hours before you plan to start making the dough.
Use a mixer or wooden spoon to mash together the butter and sugars.
Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and pudding mix.
Use a fork to mix the baking powder and salt into the flour in a smaller mixing bowl. Add this flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir until it forms a dough.
Stir in the M&Ms. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Place balls of the cookie dough on a baking sheet (sprayed with baking spray or lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking) and bake about 12 minutes.