Before I get started with these cookies, I want to talk about age for a minute. For some reason, I have been thinking about it a lot lately. I don't know if it is because I have decided to expand my age range on the dating apps (somehow thinking that upping my age range is going to make a difference in my love connections) or the fact that I got mistaken for a high schooler last week.
No joke. I was with my 18 year old cousin and her friend and this lady asked me if we were going to the high school football game. Ummm...no Ma'm. I am in my LATE TWENTIES and am almost 10 years older than these girls, but thank you for asking.
Anyway, there are definitely some circumstances in life where age matters - drinking, driving (never acceptable to do at the same time), discounted movie tickets, medicare, trying out for the voice (I don't know this from personal experience...I have a terrible voice). But, there are other instances where age should never play a role, and one of those instances is Birthday food.
Since I was old enough to form memories, birthdays have always been about the sweets for me - it is actually the only reason I even consider acknowledging my birthday. It doesn't matter if you are turning 2 or 62, every person gets to use their birthday as the ultimate cheat day. A day where you are the boss and you don't have to give AF about calories or cavities or anyone else's judgement. You get to just do you.
So in honor of this amazing birthday cheat day idea, I made chocolate chip birthday cookies. A take on the classic chocolate chip cookie with some added fun - white chocolate chips, sprinkles and some pretty pink dipping action. But the best part about these cookies is the pudding mixed into the dough. The instant pudding guarantees these cookies are super soft (my favorite) and chewy! It doesn't get much better than that...even if I do still look like a teen.
*Makes 26 Cookies
I love your chocolate chunks! What brand is that?
They were from Trader Joes!
Hi Lindsay! Is there any substitute for the pudding mix? What if I omit it from the recipe, will I still end up with a fairly good batch of cookies? Thanks!
Hi Maristela! The pudding mix is there to keep the cookies soft and chewy. But if you add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, you should be good to go!
Curious Question: why would you use imitation vanilla extract in this instance? Thanks
Hi Evan! I find the imitation vanilla gives more of a "birthday cake" flavor than regular vanilla extract. But you can totally substitute the imitation vanilla for regular vanilla extract if you would like.
Never knew that pudding mix would make the cookies soft. I just used to put them in a container with a couple of pieces of bread and that did the trick. Soft chewy cookies are my favorite too! I will definitely be trying this recipe.....Thanks Lindsay!
What color handle does your cookie scoop have? Or roughly how many grams is each cookie dough ball?
The scoop I use is in the links below the recipe! It is about 5cm in diameter. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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