Thursdays in the kitchen with Jo: puddin’ chocolate chip cookies

Yeah, I'm just going to have these three.

Yeah, I'm just going to have these three.

I will have no less than six children over this afternoon.  Good thing I made some cookies.  Maybe you should do the same, even if it’s just you and the dog watching the “Grey’s Anatomy”/”Private Practice” crossover episode tonight.  I just love those crossover episodes!

This recipe makes about 60 cookies.  I usually mix in some walnuts with the last 8-10 spoonfuls of batter before I cook them.  My kids don’t like their cookies with nuts, so this assures me my fair share.

Puddin’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks of butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour

1 small box vanilla instant pudding

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

coarse salt

walnuts (optional)

Heat the oven to 350°.  Mix the butter and sugars together.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix again.  Add wheat flour, pudding and baking soda and mix together to form cookie dough.  Stir in chocolate chips and try not to eat too much of the batter.  You might end up feeling sick, like I do right now.

Drop in rounded spoonfuls on cookie sheets.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just brown.  Now here’s the really wacky part.  Just out of the oven, sprinkle some coarse salt over the top of the cookies.  We got really into Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Caramels over the holidays and we’ve been in withdrawal.  You’ll be amazed how good the salt tastes with the chocolate.

Tomorrow: more Friday fodder

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