Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) real butter, softened
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 small box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
1 (11.5-oz) bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon or nutmeg. Set aside.
In a second mixing bowl, blend brown sugar, granulated sugar, softened butter and vanilla extract. Beat in eggs and whip until no lumps appear and mixture is smooth.
Add the packet of dry pudding mix (our secret ingredient!) and beat until creamy. Then slowly blend in the contents of the first bowl. Stir in 1 bag of chocolate chips (any variety) and 1 cup nuts (optional). Drop small, rounded balls of dough onto cookie sheet or foil-covered pizza stone.
Bake cookies 8-10 minutes, pulling from the oven when edges only have darkened (centers will still be light in color). Cool 3-5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
Finished cookies should stand up tall (most will be 3/4 of an inch thick or more!) and maintain a firm, rounded shape throughout oven time and cooling. Enjoy!