A while back, the Toronto Star printed and article about the results of Canada's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest. I decided to make the winning cookie, #205, because it was said to be "oddly compelling and unusually delicious." I found this intriguing because this cookie contained a secret ingredient - instant vanilla pudding. I have never tried pudding mix in cookies and was reluctant to do so but I thought that since 14 well-known Canadian judges including Elizabeth Baird, Rita DeMontis and Dufflet Rosenberg gave it the thumbs-up I would give them a try.
The very first comment I got was from my 5 year old neighbour who enthusiastically said, "These are deeeeelicious!!" Who could argue with that? In a matter of seconds, the first dozen cookies disappeared and I was forced to concede that the cookies were definitely kid-friendly. There is no discernable vanilla pudding taste in the cookies and the melted butter and brown sugar give the cookies a nice caramel flavour. They are sweet but not too sweet and are undoubtedly pleasing to eat. I detected a small aftertaste from the pudding but that's just me being picky. I don't necessarily think you need vanilla pudding to make a flavourful cookie but these were tasty. Congratulations to Andrea and Sarah for coming up with the winning recipe!
Recipe: Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies