I am picky with cookies. I like soft cookies, but too soft and doughy is just mush- I might as well have just eaten the dough – and too hard is just not even worth it. Anyone who eats crumbly chocolate chip cookies and says they are enjoying it is just lying to themselves, or to the chef.
I’ve seen a recipe floating around Pinterest the last few weeks for Soft Batch cookies. At first I thought they were my mom’s famous cookies of the same name. Thankfully, no one had revealed her secret. These cookies are made with cream cheese and are probably delicious, BUT they are not the best you will ever try. The REAL Soft Batch cookies, from the kitchen of my mother, are the best in the world. As a Christmas present to the Internet, I will share the recipe with you here. If anyone is going to reveal the Soft Batch secret, it’s going to be me. Here goes:
You will need
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of softened margarine (not butter!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg instant pudding
1 12oz pkg chocolate chips
Mix flour with baking powder. Combine margarine, sugars, vanilla, and pudding mix. Beat until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chips (batter will be stiff). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for about 8-10 minutes.
Now you might be thinking that this isn’t so special, but you haven’t tried them. The pudding mix makes them so soft and so delicious. They are unreal!
My mom usually does vanilla pudding. Sometimes she will go crazy and try chocolate. My sister and I decided that we wanted to take these cookies further. We both have worked at bakeries and have fallen in love with the lemon cookies. We found lemon pudding mix and debated whether white chocolate chips or crushed lemon heads would be best. We tried both. My lemon head cookies were a disaster! I have no idea what happened. I think maybe my candies weren’t crushed enough? I don’t know. I went at them pretty hard with a hammer. They worked out for my sister though. She loved them! I personally preferred the lemon with white chocolate, but to each her own.
The point I am trying to get across with this post is how freaking delicious this recipe is, and so customizable! I think I want to do white chocolate pudding with coconut and almonds next. Stay tuned for another dessert that used utilizes pudding mix and another where you get to use a hammer. I’ll post the hammer one soon so you have it if you need to get out some extra holiday aggressions. Enjoy!