I had always heard of these, but for some reason, never made them. Even though there are so many flavor opportunities, just depending on what flavor pudding you choose. The first time I made these I used just the basic chocolate, but I recall using vanilla once. I'd stick with stronger flavors, though, since the vanilla flavor seemed to get lost.
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 pkg. (4 serving size) instant pudding, any flavor
1 tsp. vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups (11 oz. bag) chocolate morsels
1 cup walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Beat butter, sugars, pudding mix, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add eggs; mix well. Gradually add flour and baking soda; beating until well blended. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire rack.