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August 04, 2016 3 min read 8 Comments

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day cookie lovers! If your family is anything like mine, this day cannot go by without some fanfare! And we are pulling out the very best because chocolate chip cookies are worthy of celebration!

There is just something magical about them. The simplicity. The variation! The sheer goodness of it all – doughy or baked, on spoons or with milk. Out of a bowl, stacked on a napkin or free handed and streaking away through the house. Everyone needs a day full of these!

One of my favorite things about chocolate chip cookies is that we all get to decide our own cookie perfection. Chewy or crunchy? White, milk or dark chips? Thick and cakey or thin and crispy? Sea salt sprinkled on top? Chopped nuts nestled inside? This particular recipe is one of my own creations that I’ve been perfecting over the years, so it has all of my personal must-haves. They are chewy with a wonderful crunch to the outside, plus they bake up beautifully and my boys love them! A double batch and an extra carton of milk is always a must!

Killer Zebras Chocolate Chip Cookies


 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) dark brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (5.1 oz.) pkg vanilla instant pudding
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups (240 grams) all purpose flour
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Cream butter and brown sugar.
2. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
3. Add pudding mix, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat on medium to medium-high until fully incorporated and mixture is fluffy.
4. Add flour all at once, beat on low until fully incorporated (but no more than necessary).
5. Add chocolate chips and mix on low or by hand until chips are evenly distributed.
6. Refrigerate dough for 3-4 days for best flavor, or feel free to bake them right away! For best results let dough chill in fridge for at least an hour before cooking.
7. Shape into golf ball sized balls and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes (or until lightly browned but middle still appears soft).

Printable Recipe

Chip Tips:

    • Do not use “cook and serve” vanilla pudding mix in place of instant. Stick with instant! Otherwise the consistency will completely change and you will have weird, shapeless cookies on your hands.
    • Using light brown sugar will work, but I have found the stronger flavor of the dark brown sugar really complements this cookie.
    • I love mixing up a double batch of this recipe and letting it sit for a few days in my fridge - the flavors really develop during those days and the consistency is smoother. However, they also taste delicious baked up right away, and sometimes it’s just too hard to wait!
    • I’ve experimented with sprinkling course sea salt on this cookie before, but the flavor is all wrong for this particular recipe.
    • This dough freezes really well. I always try to make extra so I can roll the excess dough into balls, freeze them and pop them on a cookie sheet whenever we want some!

    If you get a chance to try this recipe out let me know what you think and if you have any tips to add!

    The June Bug getting her first taste!

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        November 08, 2020

        Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?


        August 25, 2020

        Husband and kid approved! My first time trying this recipe and they have me making more already! I double batched this time. T I is is my new ho to recipe for chocolate chip cookies! Thank you for sharing.


        August 05, 2020

        What is the weight of the bag of chips you use? I got a really big bag so I’d have to measure out some


        May 19, 2017

        Planning to try this recipe. Which brand of vanilla instant pudding mix do u use? Jell O? And those sugar free ones or ordinary ones? Thanks!


        August 04, 2016

        Thank you so much!
        June Bug is a cutie!

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