When you hear the words “cafeteria” and “cookies” in the same sentence, most of us would probably cringe in fear. When my sisters brought me this Pinterest pin begging for me to make them these “cafeteria cookies”, as they were calling them (they look like the cookies the school sells at lunch), I was skeptical. But after a lot of reassurance from my sisters insisting if the cookies tasted anything like the ones they could buy from their school the recipe would be a keeper, I decided to go ahead and try it out. Luckily I had all the ingredients in my pantry, making the allure of the recipe even more inviting. You can find the original pin and recipe here.
The recipe starts by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl the butter and sugars were creamed until well combined. Next the eggs and vanilla were added and mixed in. Add in the flour, baking soda, salt and instant vanilla pudding mix. YES, I said dry instant vanilla pudding mix. Odd right? Stir well to combine. The recipe calls for Mini M&M candies and mini chocolate chips, but all I had in my pantry were regular sized semisweet chocolate chips and they worked fine.
After the dough was combined a medium sized cookie scoop was used to create round shaped dough balls on the baking sheet 1 inch apart. The dough was then baked for 10 minutes.
I’m claiming this pin a success! These were the most amazing cookies I have ever eaten. Not only were they chewy in the middle, they had a crunchy outer ring that provided the perfect crunch to offset the tender center. It must be the magical dry pudding mix that give these cookies their perfect composition.
The recipe took less than 30 minutes including cooking time (definitely the fastest batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made). But, our batch did not yield two dozen cookies as the original recipe said; I’m thinking this is a good thing since the cookies were so delicious! These cookies are very Pinteresting! After trying out this pin I will never use my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe again.
Next feat, ditching the chocolate chips and vanilla pudding, and adding almond extract, lemon instant pudding mix, and lemon zest for a summery take on these delicious treats. Try this recipe, I promise you will not be disappointed!