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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
one 3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix 
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
2 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder 12 ounces (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, coffee powder and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Roll dough into balls about an inch in size.
  • Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart and bake for about 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, don't overbake - they will firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.

These are the cookies we make fresh for our guests at Aldrich Guest House! They're super chewy and with the espresso powder, the sweetness and chocolate balance wonderfully.

One thing to note, make sure to use instant pudding as the sugar-free or cook & serve do not work nearly as well. Plus, if we wanted you to use something other than instant pudding, we would have put that in the recipe - we'd never try to lead you astray!
Lastly, this recipe can easily be doubled so that the extras can be frozen. Just roll them out and put them in an airtight container, using wax paper between the layers. Before baking, take them out of the freezer for 30-60 minutes and bake (even if they're not completely thawed). Perfect for spur of the moment company or for that bake sale you signed up for...you did make something for that, didn't you?