It's no secret that I love to bake.  There is something so magical about creating something from nothing, and outside of painting, baking is my favorite and most creative hobby!  Over the years, I've gotten a lot of questions about cookies and snacks I've shared on social media, and I'm so excited to share them with you in our new Sugar and Spice Series.  Up first is my most favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe - an instant classic!  They are chewy, soft in the middle and disappear so quickly around here!  There's a unique secret ingredient that makes them extra moist, and I bet you won't expect it! :)

Ingredients

1 cup of butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated white sugar 

1 small (3.4 oz.) package Instant Vanilla pudding mix 

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 package of chocolate chips 

1 cup rainbow sprinkles 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugars, pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat with a hand mixer (or standing mixer) on medium speed till combined and creamy.

Gradually add in flour and baking soda, beating on low speed until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles.

Drop batter by tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes - don't overbake!  They may seem undercooked, but pinky promise, they are!

Remove from oven and allow to rest and cool on wire racks.  Store in an airtight container for up to five days.  

A Few Notes

I've learned over the years with baking that when a recipe calls for softened or room temperature butter, the eggs should also be room temperature.  This allows the butter and eggs to blend better than if the warm and cold combine at once.  Baking is really a lot of science, y'all!  

I also sometimes add a pinch of salt to the cookie dough after tasting.  It depends on the batch, but sometimes they taste a little too sweet without the pinch of salt!  

When you add the cookie dough to the sheets for baking, flatten the dough balls with a fork.  This will prevent the cookies from being too "puffy" in the center and make them flatter when baked.  

I hope you will enjoy baking these this holiday season with the people you love!  These cookies are easy and simple enough to include your little ones in the baking process and are truly a hit every time.  There is nothing better than a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie!  

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