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Stay Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick, pillowy cookies stuffed full of chocolate chips that stay incredibly soft for days – if they last that long! Perfect for a quick dessert, making ahead, or shipping off to brighten a loved one’s day.

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Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

Is any food item as universally-appreciated as a thick, chewy chocolate chip cookie? If so, I have yet to come across it. Just the smell of these wafting from the oven is enough to make you feel cozy and cared for. There’s a reason realtors often put plates of cookies out during an open house – it instantly makes the house feel more like a home.

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

This recipe is not new to the blog; in fact it’s one of the very first posts that I shared – even before the blog focused on food. But since then I’ve simplified the recipe even more and dramatically improved my photography skills. (Which is not to say that these photos are all that. Rather, it’s to say that my photos used to be far worse. Ha!) So I thought these beauties deserved a new and improved post of their own.

I mean, just look at that dough. I have to hold myself back from eating it all with a spoon.

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

Sneaking a tiny bit hasn’t hurt me yet. I know, I know, I shouldn’t. But I do. I even usually set a spoonful aside in the fridge for hubby to snack on later. I know, we’re so dangerous. Shhhh. Don’t tell.

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

Now for a few words on what differentiates this recipe.

This is my husband’s absolute favorite, because the cookies are so soft and STAY that way. The reason? It’s not really magic, unless you consider putting instant pudding mix in the dough magic. Just like in these charming M&M cookies, the pudding mix keeps everything ultra-soft and chewy.

They are also incredibly, absurdly fast and easy to make. No sifting, no chilling, no multiple bowls, etc. Of course it’s fastest to whip up the cookie dough with a stand or hand mixer, but you can easily mix everything by hand, too. Simple.

And good. Oh, so good…

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

I also like to use a lot of chocolate chips – a full 12 ounce bag in each batch. See below for evidence: too many chocolate chips is not a thing.

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

Full disclosure: these “stay softs” do have to compete against this recipe for thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies, which remains my personal favorite. The “thick and chewy” recipe does have a couple strikes against it, however. First, that dough takes a little more work to shape into balls. More work = more wait time before consuming cookies. 🙁

Also, the “thick and chewy” cookies are to die for straight out of the oven, but tend to get very slightly stiff after a full day or two. (I solve this by eating all of them at once, which I cannot recommend in good conscience.)

In contrast, these “stay softs” will be as tender as the moment you pulled them out of the oven even after several days. This makes them ideal for packing or sending off with a loved on on a trip, or sending in a sweet little care package.

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Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

On a final note, how gorgeous is the deep blue color of this backdrop!? I’m a little obsessed. I just ordered this as well as a white board from Erin, who blogs at The Wooden Skillet and has an Etsy shop here, and am thrilled with them both.

Enjoy!

Stay soft chocolate chip cookies | Thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft for days!

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Stay Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yield 18-24 cookies, depending on size

Thick, pillowy cookies stuffed full of chocolate chips that stay incredibly soft for days - if they last that long! Perfect for a quick dessert, making ahead, or shipping off to brighten a loved one's day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (160 grams) brown sugar, light or dark, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (270 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, or by hand with a rubber spatula, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until well-blended. Beat in the instant pudding mix, followed by the eggs and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat until mixture is mostly even.
  3. Sprinkle the flour and baking soda over the dough, then mix just until they are incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Cookies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 3-4 days.

Notes

Adapted from this classic on allrecipes.com.

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These thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make, pillowy soft and stay that way for days! Perfect to make in a big batch or ship to family! #chocolatechipcookies

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Avis Horne
    March 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Love these cookies. Can they be made into pan cookies?

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      March 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Avis! I haven’t tested personally, but I suspect you could make them as pan cookies, and just perhaps start testing for doneness around the 20 minute mark. Do you think you will try it? I would absolutely love to hear how they turn out, and I’m sure other readers would, as well!

  • Reply
    Leona
    February 27, 2018 at 12:23 am

    These cookies look amazing!!! Can the dough be frozen or refrigerated so that all of them don’t have to baked on the same day?

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 27, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Leona – yes, it can! We refrigerate the dough all the time, then bake as needed. We’ve kept in the fridge up to 4 days with no trouble. I have not personally tried freezing this dough to say for certain, but I strongly suspect it would be fine in the freezer for 2-3 months. It may be easier to form the dough into balls first, then freeze the balls, and bake as desired, just adding a few minutes to the bake time. Thanks so much for stopping by, I really hope you enjoy these!

      • Reply
        Leona
        March 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm

        Thank you!!! I made these last night and they taste amazing!! They’re even better the next day!

        • Reply
          Monica
          March 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

          I’m so happy that you like them, Leona – and I really appreciate you coming back to let me know! Have an extra today for me with a tall glass of milk! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tatiana
    February 5, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Eating the dough with the spoon right? That what i say is (and my kids) is the best part of making cookies!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 5, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Agreed with you there, all the way! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    February 5, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I’m having major cravings looking at these cookies right now. They look lovely!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 5, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Thanks so much, Jenni!

  • Reply
    Debs
    February 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie and the world could never have too many recipes for them! Love this.

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 5, 2018 at 8:34 am

      So true! Thanks, Debs, for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    February 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    So funny seeing this today. My son and I were just talking about making cookies last night. Will have to save your recipe for our cooking baking adventure.

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Sounds like it’s kismet – I see cookies in your future! 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    February 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    The pudding is a clever idea for those who prefer their cookies soft! (Is’t it good to have a choice?) Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic, but at the same time can be varied to taste – win-win!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:22 am

      Absolutely, Anne! I love all chocolate chip cookies, and it is wonderful to be able to do them many different ways. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tamara Andersen
    February 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I have not had a chocolate chip cookie in so long! These lovely cookies are calling my name. I love the chocolate chip to cookie ratio being high… it’s all about the chocolate IMHO. That blue board is stunning!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:23 am

      Thanks so much, Tamara! Agreed on the chocolate, and yes, Erin @ The Wooden Skillet really does a nice job with the backdrops!

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    February 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    There is nothing better than a great chocolate chip cookie. It has been a favorite because the taste is outstanding. Your cookies look like they have the perfect texture and amount of chocolate chips.

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Thanks so much, Marisa!

  • Reply
    Christine
    February 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    My husband absolutely loves soft chocolate chip cookies like these! I’ll have to make these for his birthday next week. So yummy!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Hi Christine – fantastic! I hope they make his day extra delicious! I’d love to know how they turn out for you!

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    January 31, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Holy moly! These cookies look FABULOUS! I love that they stay soft! And yes, one simply must use the whole bag of chocolate chips in one’s cookies, mustn’t one? I can’t wait to make your delicious cookies! And for the record, I think your photos are all that, and then some. 😉

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Yes! I mean, why save just a few? 🙂 Thanks so much, Elaine, you are too too kind. The photography is turning out to be one of my favorite parts of this whole journey, which is quite the surprise to me!

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    Patti @Patty Cake's Pantry
    January 30, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Putting pudding into your cookie mix is pure genius. I also completely agree that there’s no such thing as too many chocolate chips in a cookie. These would definitely be great for shipping to a friend, or family member, deployed overseas. Of course, if the cookies are in our house for long, they won’t last long,

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Yes – these are terrific for shipping! Reasonably sturdy and they stay soft so well. Thanks for stopping by, Patti!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    January 30, 2018 at 3:39 am

    These cookies look practically perfect! Pudding transforms some cakes, so why not cookies?! Such a good idea. I’m pinning this one to try!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    January 30, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Oooh – i love a good recipe reshoot! These look absolutely irresistible! Love the addition of a secret ingredient to keep them pillowy soft even after day 1 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Thanks so much, Ashley!

  • Reply
    Jenny from jennyisbaking.com
    August 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Did you paint that board blue yourself? Also love the pictures! As a fellow cookie monster I am happy to try these 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Jenny! Sadly, no – I only wish I were crafty in that way, ha! I ordered it from fellow food blogger Erin – her Etsy shop is at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWoodenSkillet. I got this blue board and a white one, and am super happy with both!

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    August 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    These look absolutely perfect! I’m totally a soft and chewy cookie fan so this is my kind of recipe!

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    August 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I just want to eat this straight from the bowl, is that bad of me? The way you used instant vanilla pudding mix is genius

  • Reply
    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    August 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    First – I think your photos of these cookies are gorgeous and that blue background is too. I was admiring (and coveting!) it before you mentioned reshooting these or where you got it!

    Second – YES, hands down, you can never have enough chocolate chips 🙂 And soft chocolate chip cookies are my favorite chocolate chip cookies! 🙂

  • Reply
    Julia @ Happy Foods Tube
    August 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The blue board looks great! and those cookies – what can I say? I am drooling here! 🙂

  • Reply
    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    August 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    These sound like the perfect kind of cookies. If you’re going to have cookies, they surely have to be like this, with that delicious gooey centre. Perfect with a cup of coffee for a break worth waiting for.

  • Reply
    Ginny
    August 2, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Soft chocolate chip cookies are so hard to come by. These are beautiful.

  • Reply
    Christine
    August 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    These cookies look so soft and chocolate-y! Yum!

  • Reply
    Dana Sandonato
    August 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Oh Monica, now I’m going to be dreaming about melty and chewy chocolate chip cookies for the rest of the night! These look ah-mazing! And your photos are gorgeous. Pretty sure I need to make these when I get back from my trip over the weekend, because you’re right: nothing beats the smell of chocolate chip cookies wafting throughout the house 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      You’re too kind, Dana! Absolutely whip up a batch when you get home – they make everything that much better. 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
    August 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I think all cookie problem can be solved by eating them all at once. I think that’s really the only way ti should be done, honestly. I’ve never tried pudding mix in cookies, I love the idea!

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Haha… I really like the way you think, Danielle!

  • Reply
    Katie D
    August 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I would have never, ever thought of using a pudding mix in these cookies. Great idea to keep them soft! Although, I must admit, I’m the opposite of you… I love a good chocolate chip cookie but for me, there is such a thing as too much chocolate. ha!

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Katie – glad you like the pudding idea! I do understand about the chocolate and will say, to each his own! If you come to my house I promise to separate the ones with relatively less chocolate and set them aside for you. 😉

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    Garlic + Zest
    August 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I am in the middle of going back through my old posts and reshooting them — thanks to much improved photography skills as well… LOL! Love the sound of these cookies — with pudding in the dough – dangerous to my skinny jeans, though. I have no self control!

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one! Generally speaking, I’m not taking down old pictures, just reposting and putting up new ones, in large part because one of the things I enjoy and derive a lot of inspiration from is seeing how other bloggers’ photo skills and styles have evolved over time.

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