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“Epic” is probably a little overused these days, but I still think it’s exactly the right name for these cookies….because they are
TOTALLY. FREAKING. AMAZING.
What makes them so epic, you ask?
- There is pudding in the cookie dough, which gives them a delicious soft and chewy texture.
- Most cookie recipes call for 2 cups of chips. This recipe calls for DOUBLE that, which means double the goodness.
- You can mix and match the pudding flavors with different chips, candies and nuts for almost unlimited flavor combinations.
I’d say that qualifies as “epic”, wouldn’t you?
I make them regularly for thank you gifts for my clients and event sponsors and as a marketing ploy when I’m dropping off materials to potential customers and clients.
(I’m a big believer in taking advantage of social media and online tools, but you know what? People still like to get surprise homemade cookies at their office – it’s a fact.)
They never fail to get rave reviews and I’ve even had a few people inquire about where they can buy them. 🙂
I don’t consider myself a great baker because baking is more of an exact science than cooking, but this recipe makes it really simple and you’ll perfect them when you make your first batch. It’s also pretty fast and easy to make a lot of them – I have made 12 dozen of these cookies in a just a few hours, including clean up.
IIMPORTANT – you will want to bake them for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. You’re going to pull them out when they still look a little doughy and raw, which will seem weird at first, but they finish baking on the cookie sheet as they cool. Trust me.
They also seem to stay fresh longer than traditional cookie recipes – they still taste great after 5-7 days (or even more).
I had a marketing project this week, so I made A LOT of them. This week’s selection was the Triple Chocolate with white, semi and milk chocolate chips and the “Jumbles” – M&M’s with assorted chips and a vanilla base.
I also experimented with a new version this time around – a chocolate base with mint M&M’s and milk chocolate chips. If you like Thin Mints, mint Oreo cookies or Mint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, these cookies will rock your world.
These cookies have almost unlimited flavor possibilities, but here are a few that I’ve tried with yummy results:
Classic Chocolate Chip – vanilla pudding + milk & semi sweet chips + walnuts or pecans
Jumbles – Vanilla pudding + M&M’s, Peanut Butter M&M’s + white, peanut butter & milk chocolate chips (pictured)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut – Vanilla pudding + white chocolate chips + macadamia nuts
Banana Nut – Banana pudding + white chocolate chips + walnuts
Peanut Butter Cup – Chocolate pudding + peanut butter & semi sweet chips
Triple Chocolate – Chocolate pudding + white, milk & semi sweet chips (pictured)
Mint Chocolate Cookies – chocolate pudding + mint M&M’s + milk chocolate chips (pictured)
Next time you find yourself in the baking or candy aisle, get creative! I would love to see what you make with this recipe.