My family has broken the cookie jar once again. I figured this was the perfect time to post about my favorite cookie, the Chewy Chocolate Chip.

I had worked in private aircraft catering for about ten years. Not to be confused with commercial aircraft. Do not blame me for the soggy sandwich and stale peanuts served on those flights, please!

These were the private flights of company executives, wealthy politicians, celebrities and royalty. These people could afford to eat whatever they wanted. However, the most popular dessert was chocolate chip cookies. They ordered them by the trayful, even requesting frozen balls of cookie dough delivered so they may have freshly baked cookies, warm from the oven, in-flight.  I suppose the love of warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies is fairly universal. A comfort food for the masses.

Today I want to share my favorite of all the chocolate chip cookies I have ever tried. These have an exceptional vanilla flavor, and stay soft and chewy, even after a stay in the jar.

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (3-1/2 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, or walnuts, optional

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In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and pudding mix. Set aside.

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In a large mixing bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.

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Beat in eggs

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Gradually add dry ingredient mixture

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Mix  in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Batter will be stiff.

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Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place about 2″ apart on u greased cookie sheets. These cookies don’t have much spread, so give them a little press to slightly flatten them.

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Bake in an oven preheated to 375°F for 9-10 minutes or until browned.

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Let Stand for a minute on cookie sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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ENJOY!
Makes about 4 dozen

I hope.you find these cookies as delicious as we do. These end up breaking the cookie jar more often than any other cookie.  Be prepared to bake these often.

Until the next time the cookie jar breaks, dear readers!

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