Saturday, October 5, 2013

Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Now here's a cookie that brings back memories.

I grew up in the National Park Service. I was born in Ohio, moved to the swamps of sourthern Florida when I was two and lived there until the summer I turned 13 when we moved to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

My mom loves to bake. Bread, cookies, cakes. You name it and she's probably whipped it up. And she not only loves to fill the bellies of those she loves with goodies, but she loves to give them away, too. I can't even begin to count how many plates of treats she asked us to deliver to our neighbors in those parks. Bachelor park rangers, friends who helped us with something or just because she thought they needed something sweet. And this is one thing (of many!) that I love about her. She has a beautiful, generous heart.

These Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies (aka lovely bits of yumminess) were one of her favorites to whip up. And still are!

Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 package (4 servings size) instant chocolate pudding
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips

Mix flour with baking soda. Combine butter, sugar, pudding mix and vanilla in large mixer bowl; beat until smooth and cramy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; then stir in chips. The batter will be very stiff. Drop tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

And then devour them.

Or, you know, you could give some away to a sweet neighbor or friend who needs a little love.

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