This is a curious recipe. Don't get me wrong, it's delicious. Too delicious. I have a whole pan of these bars that will, I'm sure, be all-too-soon polished off in this house. The recipe for "Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies" comes to me from the Amish settlement near Chouteau, Oklahoma. I thought I'd make the cookies into bars which, I think, turned out to be a good call. I did make some cookies out of the dough, but not wanting to spend all evening dropping dough onto cookie sheets, we pressed the dough into an 9 X 13 baking dish and called it a day. For some reason I think they taste better as a bar. So while you can make cookies out of them, I recommend the bars. But the curious part of the recipe: why the pudding? It's not like you could taste it in any way. It is a nice moist, dense bar that would be perfect for the lunch pail, breakfast, dessert, aftern0on snack so maybe the pudding just contributes in some way to this nice texture. Shrug. Anyone have any thoughts?
I ran out of butter...I had 1 ½ cups, so I used 1 /2 cup of sour cream for the rest and do damage done. This thing is also loaded with chocolate chips, but you'll hear no complaints from me on that count. All in all a really, really good bar. I'd give this a B+ as a dessert. Super easy, super tasty!
- 4 1 /2 cups flour
- 2 cups oleo or butter
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 packages of chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 /2 cup sugar
- 2 packages vanilla instant pudding
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups nuts (optional)
- Mix flour with soda.
- Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, pudding mix and vanilla in a large bowl
- Beat until smooth and creamy..
- Add eggs
- Gradually add flour
- Stir in chocolate chips and nuts
- Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes if you are making bars.