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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This is my favorite soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies are made with instant pudding which gives them a very soft texture and they stay soft for days.

photo of a plate of Soft chocolate chip cookies

If I could choose one recipe which I go to again and again and always get compliments about, it would have to be my chocolate chip cookie recipe.  These cookies are delicious and stay soft and moist forever!

I’ve always hated how most homemade chocolate chip cookies come out soft and moist right after you bake them and then turn pretty hard after a day.  This recipe changed all of that for me.  My old roommate first introduced me to this recipe that she originally found on All Recipes.

I have made a few modifications to the recipe over the years, but very few. I leave out the nuts and adjust the amount of flour so the dough is easier to work with. I also love to use swirled chocolate chips along with regular chocolate chips for a pretty presentation.

I absolutely love these chocolate chip cookies. The recipe makes a big batch of cookies that stay soft for days.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This recipe is pretty standard except for one ingredient: instant pudding mix. It’s what gives the cookies their soft texture.

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Softened butter
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Nestle swirl white chocolate with milk chocolate morsels

If you can’t find the swirled chocolate chips you can use all semi-sweet. Or you can add some white chocolate chips.

photo of the batter

Steps for Making the Dough

  • Sift the flour and baking soda together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter with the brown and white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the instant pudding to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and stir. Add the chocolate chips and stir to mix them evenly into the batter.

photo of the cookie dough balls ready to be baked

Scoop and form the cookie dough into balls about 1 inch wide or a little bit less.  After making the ball, put about six of the swirl morsels onto the cookie.  I usually put one in the middle, and the rest spread out in a circle so it looks like a flower design.

Bake the cookies at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

photo of baked cookies on a cookie sheet

How to Store the Cookies

Once the cookies are cooled, they will keep well for several days at room temperature. Just store them in an airtight container. They’ll stay soft for several days!

close-up photo of Soft chocolate chip cookies

If you like soft cookies you might want to try my soft Nutella cookies, cookies and cream cookies and soft red velvet cookies.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 4 1/2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
I love soft chocolate chip cookies but often times they harden soon after they are baked. These cookies stay soft and moist for several days and are my go-to favorites.


  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 3.4 oz packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the pudding mix and stir to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir until combined. Fold in 2 cups chocolate chips.
  • Scoop enough dough to form a 1" ball. Press 6 chocolate chips, starting with one in the center and placing the other five around it, on the dough ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.


  • The recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I like to use a mix of regular chocolate chips, that I stir into the dough and ones that are swirled with white chocolate and regular chocolate to place on the dough balls for pretty cookies after they're baked.
  • Recipe source: All Recipes

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe”

  1. looks so good…
    is the vanilla pudding mix required? what does it do to help the texture/flavor of the cookie?
    vanilla pudding mix is a bit hard to acquire here in china… :\

    • Yes! The vanilla pudding mix is a key ingredients. It’s basically what achieves the soft texture of the cookies. Sorry to hear it’s hard to find..

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  4. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  5. instant vanilla pudding mix and swirl chips? brilliant! i’ll have to try this sometime!! 🙂

  6. Annie- The recipe makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies. Sorry I forgot to include that.

  7. About how many cookies does this recipe make?