All I could taste was the pudding mix, chocolate and sugar. Let me tell you, pudding mix has a nasty aftertaste, kind of like too much baking soda - fizzy, acidic and very, very noticeable. It sits in your teeth and fizzes away giving off a very strange flavour. Kind of like you're eating chemical preservative or something. I rarely eat preservatives and don't really eat processed food although my family do like cookies and such, I usually make them myself. (And, no I didn't add too much baking soda.) These cookies are also too soft for my personal preference. I had to make them smaller and cook them for 13 minutes just to make them harden enough so they wouldn't fall apart. I believed reviewers who said you couldn't taste the pudding mix, but it is overpowering. Dh said he could taste it, but he kind of liked the cookie and gave it 3 stars. He does eat preservatives a lot more than I do (he likes to buy his lunch), so he may be used to it, but for me or anyone else who doesn't usually eat that stuff it ruined the mix. I won't be making these again, sorry, simply because I can't cope with the taste and flavour of the presevatives in the pudding mix (I used Cottee's vanilla). It sort of reminds me of a pancake mix with too much baking soda (if you've ever had some like that) it takes control of the entire recipe. Thanks for the recipe, though and I guess my diet of fresh foods is making me dislike packaged mixes.
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