Let's make this short and sweet. Just like the recipe for these delicious cookies. I will however give you a quick background.
During my recent visit in Alabama, my sister and I were craving something sweet. Or maybe it was just me and she politely went along with it (how southern of her). Either way, we quickly discovered the limitations of our resources. But I was determined. I mean...I was in a gorgeously huge kitchen after all....and I needed to bake!
A quick inventory found us with flour, sugar, butter, and eggs....thats good. We have the basics. What else....a box of chocolate pudding? Hmmm....this could be interesting. Oh, and a handful of sliced almonds..
Well...this is a job for Google! A quick search for 'pudding in cookies' came up a surprisingly long list of results. I had never heard of using pudding in cookies (apparently I'm in the minority where that's concerned. Oh well, so much for thinking we were on the cutting edge of a new method). What we ended up with were amazing, delicious, soft, melt in your mouth cookies!
Almond Mocha Pudding CookiesInspired by Kraft Easy Pudding Cookies
makes about 4 dozen 2" cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (read the tip below regarding the end result based on which one is used)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 3.9 oz packet of instant pudding
1 tsp instant coffee
2 cups self rising flour
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat your oven to 350'
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy,
Add the pudding and instant coffee and beat until combined.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Mix in the flour until well combined.
Scoop out 1 tablespoon of cookie dough, form into a ball and place onto a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Place a few almond slices on top of the dough ball and gently press to secure.
Bake 11 - 13 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before placing onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. (HA!! Ya right! Who are we trying to kid here? Grab one...for each hand.)
Margarine will result in a fluffy almost cake like cookie
Butter will result in a flatter, not as fluffy cookie
Both are soft, chewy and amazingly delicious! Don't be surprised if they don't last more than 24 hrs.