Your Thanksgiving guests will also love snacking on these cookies, too. And if you’re looking for something a little different for your Holiday Cookie exchange, these cookies will be perfect! This recipe will make quite a few (a little over 6 dozen), so you should have some left when your family gets finished “taste testing” them.
I’ve been caked with cookie dough for most of the past weekend trying to create this recipe and I’m finally ready to share it! The secret ingredient is pudding! Yes, instant pudding. It keeps the cookies soft and chewy.
What you’ll need:
-4 sticks of butter (room temperature but NOT MELTED)
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 ½ cups brown sugar
-2 packages of Pumpkin Spice instant pudding (3.4oz each)
-1 TBSP vanilla
-4 ½ cups flour
-2 tsp. baking soda
-2 1/2 packages of white chocolate chips (11.5oz packages each)*
(optional) cup of chopped nuts
*You may use any brand of white chocolate chips, but Ghirardelli is by far my personal favorite.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then with your mixer, blend the boatload of UNMELTED butter with both the white and brown sugars.
Then, mix in the eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Now slowly pour the flour mixture into the mixer, blending it in with the wet ingredients. Do this a cupful at a time to prevent a flour explosion all over your counters and face. Trust me, don’t just dump all the flour in at one time or you will be covered with it.
Once everything is combined thoroughly, slowly add in the white chocolate chips (a little at a time).
The cookie dough will be pretty stiff. (I usually eat a big scoop at this point in the baking process but that is NOT DOCTOR RECOMMENDED because of that pesky salmonella/food poisoning/raw egg thing. So while I do it, I don’t suggest it.)
And while I own quite a few baking stones, I really do prefer AirBake cookie sheets for these particular cookies. I think the cookies spread just right when I use them, but use whatever type of tray you like best.
Cool, then eat! Or as I also like to do: Try to eat them right out of the oven. Although chances are, your mouth will feel much better if you wait for them to cool down (at least a little).
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