Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are getting ready for the big guy to arrive this week, and apparently have a few things to do. Baking cookies was on the top of my four year olds list this year. He has been hounding me on the type we were going to make for ages. And let me tell you… this kid is specific! He had to make homemade… Something with chocolate, but not too much chocolate, and they needed to be SOFT. That’s where these perfect chocolate chip cookies came in.

I used to have the most AMAZING chocolate chip cookie recipe. I used it for years, but misplaced the original written copy, and can’t for the life of me remember where exactly I found it! But luckily I remembered a few of the base ingredients and was able to alter this one to meet all of my little guys expectations!


Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3.4 oz) vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/2-2 cups mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the sugars, butter, and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the vanilla, eggs, and dry ingredients until blended. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 10 minutes if you want soft cookies, 12 minutes for crunchy.
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Dax loved to help with these. They are so simple, and virtually impossible to mess up. We end up with too many cookies, so what I will typically do is freeze half of the batch. Here is how you can do the same:

Complete the recipe all the way through rolling out the dough. Place the balls onto your cookie sheet and directly into the freezer (before baking). Chill 20 minutes then place into a labeled bag and back into the freezer. When you are ready to bake, place them onto the cookie sheet and allow to come to room temperature. Bake as directed in the above recipe.


Not the exact same recipe I’m used to, but delicious all the same! Santa gave his stamp of approval and maybe ate a handful while he and the little elves wrapped up some last minute Christmas gifts. What cookies or treat do you leave for Santa?

recipe adapted from


  1. says

    I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies! Well, let’s be honest.. what treat out there DON’T I like?! I made several batches yesterday and froze the dough balls to give as Christmas gifts for my co-workers, I’ve got a delivery to make today! This looks like a really good recipe :)

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