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I am not a baker. Cooking is a passion, but I don’t love measuring spoons or cups because it takes more time than just throwing stuff in a pot and tasting it as I go. I also don’t like sweets that much. Not even chocolate – sacrilege, I know. My husband doesn’t have a sweet tooth either, so it’s a rare occasion when we have a dessert. But, it does happen from time to time. For example, when it’s Christmas time I love to bake – and I overdo it. I still like to take shortcuts when I can, so when I decided I wanted to try and make cookies ‘n cream cookies, I knew I wasn’t going to be chopping up candy bars or Oreos.
Do you watch The Walking Dead? Imagine Negan talking about gardens, but instead it’s me saying, “Come on Rick, I’m not smashing a cookie.” I get that all those other cookies ‘n cream cookies recipes also claim to be easy, and I’m not going to argue with them. There’s nothing difficult about crushing cookies. It’s just the hassle of it that gets to me. Even if you keep it relatively clean by doing the smashing in a plastic bag or something, it’s still a whole extra step. Why not just eat the cookies you’re smashing? Anyway, enough griping. You people have some cookies to make.
This recipe uses pudding mix, and though I’ve used it in chocolate chip cookies, I never bothered to find out why you put it in the mix. When I started mixing my own, I had to look into it because the Oreo pudding boxes only come in one size, and it’s not the same size as in other recipes. I didn’t want to add a bigger box and discover the cookies somehow exploded, tasted only like pudding, or something else overly dramatic that would not actually happen. Anyway, what did I find out? Pudding mix makes cookies soft and adds a bit of flavor. It really does make them soft – and not just when you first cook them. They stay soft for a long time, which is nice if you’re making them for yourself and don’t eat them all at once.
Lazy Cookies ‘N Cream Cookies Recipe
2 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
4.2 oz Oreo cookies ‘n creme pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Soften the butter (not too melted), add eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and stir.
- Beat in flour and baking soda.
- Add pudding mix (don’t make it, just pour it in).
- Mix in white chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on a greased baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes.
You can use the mixer for the pudding if you want to, but I like to hand stir it to keep the cookie chunks as big as possible. It doesn’t seem like there will be a lot, and some cookies will be low on cookie bits and high on white chocolate chips, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take to make it as easy as possible. The other thing I would note is that these are REALLY soft when they come out of the oven. Like, so soft you can’t pull them off the cookie sheet right away or they’ll just crumble. They will firm up as they cool. Okay, that’s it. Enjoy your cookies!