Brownie and chocolate chip cookie lovers unite in this soft and chewy hybrid cookie!
You can prepare one dough, then the other, OR both at the same time in separate bowls. The process is the same for both doughs. Start by beating butter and sugars together for 1-2 minutes until very fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated and dough comes together. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 and very lightly grease baking sheets. (I lightly mist mine with cooking spray, then wipe it off with a paper towel, too much grease will yield very flat cookies!) Roll about 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chip cookie dough into a ball. Set aside. Next roll about 3 tablespoons of brownie dough into a ball. Gently smash the two dough balls together and roll into one single ball. Repeat with remaining dough and place dough balls at least 3-4 inches apart on the baking sheet. Poke additional chocolate chips into the top of each cookie if desired (this is just for looks).
Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes until set but still slightly undercooked. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool to room temperature. Store in airtight container.
*Prep and cooking time does not include 1 hour of chilling time.
**The dough balls will be larger than your usual cookie dough balls. This is intentional, it helps to get the right texture for the cookies - slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside!