Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used to be terrified of Passover baking until I came across a flourless cookie recipe that blew my mind.  This recipe for Double Chocolate Nut Cookies saved Passover!  You may think I am being a little dramatic, but baking for Passover is tough!  A dessert that is “good enough for Passover” is just not good enough for me.  I pride myself on serving up delicious desserts at all times, no exceptions, no excuses.  I am currently on a mission to develop at least one delicious treat every Passover.  I am excited to share my recipe for chocolate chip cookies with you!

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

I developed this recipe one night and was eager to test it out.  I took out my new pink Kitchenaid and mixed up a batch of dough.

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The cookie dough looked perfect, just like regular cookie dough, so I put them in the oven.

Cookies fresh from the oven

They came out of the oven looking great.  Yes, that is a matzoh oven mitt.  It’s not Passover until I pull out my matzoh oven mitt!  Now the final test; how did they taste.  Delicious!  If I hadn’t baked these with my own two hands, I would not have believed they are Kosher for Passover!

cookies in the center of the seder plateThe secret ingredient in these cookies is vanilla pudding mix.  It gives the cookies a great texture and flavor.  Every Seder (traditional Passover meal) should end with these cookies.

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are great because they are Kosher for Passover and non-dairy.  Happy Passover from my little slugger!

my little sluggerP.S. What are you baking for the holiday?

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: About 3 Dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup margarine
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup matzoh cake meal
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1 pkg. vanilla pudding mix (instant or regular)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the margarine, brown sugar and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low speed add in the matzoh cake meal, potato starch, vanilla pudding, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Add in the vanilla and chocolate chips.
  6. Using a 1½ Tbs. size cookie scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are slightly brown for a soft and chewy cookie. Bake 12-15 minutes for a crispy and crunchy cookie.
  7. Happy Passover!


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  • judy

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Emily

    These cookies were amazinggggggg!!

  • judy

    The cookies were incredible!! Thick and soft…….it’s what i’ve been trying to get with regular recipes during the year but have been unsuccessful.
    They will be a staple dessert every Passover. Thank you.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      Yay! Judy, I’m so glad you liked these! To get the same texture in regular chocolate chip cookies try adding a packet of vanilla pudding mix to your standard recipe. I hope to post my regular recipe soon.

  • Iris Horowitz

    Looking forward to tasting some of your delicious recipes. I live in Illinois, but try to get to NY/NJ regularly.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      Great! Iris, I hope you try my recipes soon and let me know what you think!

  • Sandy

    What type of pudding for the choc chip cookies? Is it instant or regular?

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      I usually use the instant pudding mix.

  • Sharon

    these were great! Would they also be good with chocolate pudding to make a chocolate chocolate chip cookie?

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      Sharon, good thinking! This was definitely on my mind for next year. It will probably be amazing.

      • Sharon

        Can you use oil instead of the margarine. Would it be any different?

        • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

          You can use oil instead of margarine. They might spread a little more.

  • http://Lilmisscakes.com/2011/Passover-chocolate-chip-cookies Stacy

    Unfortunately, this recipe is not kosher for Passover. Instant vanilla pudding has corn starch in it which is on the no-no list. I’m going to try it with a little potato starch so the cookies aren’t hard.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      There are Kosher brands that make Kosher for Passover vanilla pudding mix. If your local store doesn’t carry it, try finding it online.

  • http://Lilmisscakes.com/2011/Passover-chocolate-chip-cookies Stacy

    What I meant to say is that I’m going to follow recipe but leave out pudding. Remember there is kosher for Passover baking soda, brown sugar and chocolate chips at most grocery stores.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      You can leave out the vanilla pudding if you can’t find Kosher for Passover pudding mix but Im not sure how they will turn out. Good luck!

  • http://Lilmisscakes.com/2011/Passover-chocolate-chip-cookies Stacy

    After calling around to different grocery stores I finally found one that carried the kosher pudding!! I haven’t baked the cookies yet but I caught my son eating the batter. When I informed him that it was a Passover cookie recipe he couldn’t believe it because it tasted so good. I’ll let you know how everyone likes them after tomorrow night.
    The reason I stopped at your website was because of your terrific cakes. They are really impressive!! I especially like the boat. It reminds me of my father on his speed boat. Wish you lived in Atlanta.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      I’m so glad you were able to find the pudding mix! You will not be disappointed. Thanks for all your kind words, Happy Passover!

  • Sharon

    I made a batch with the chocolate pudding as well. They are delicious. I hope my family stops eating them so that I will have enough to serve for the Seder. Thanks for the great recipes.

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      That’s great news! I always have to hide my cookies so they won’t get finished before the meal. Happy Passover!

  • channa potash

    made the choc chip cookies twice-for first days & last- big hit!!! They were devoured.
    Thank you for sharing. They are my new favorite choc chip cookie for pesach.
    Any idea how to use the vanilla pudding in a reg choc chip recipe with flour?
    Or better yet do you have a choc chip cookie for the rest of the year to share?

    • http://www.LilMissCakes.com Melissa

      I do have a chocolate chip cookie recipe made with vanilla pudding for the rest of the year. That’s how I came up with the idea. I hope to share the recipe soon but until then, try adding a packet of pudding mix to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and see what happens. You should get a cake-like cookie. Yums.

  • http://www.confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

    Those do not look like Passover cookies! I will have to try them!

  • Susan Rothenberg Greenspan

    can you tell me what size pudding mix?

    • LilMissCakes

      I use one box of whatever brand I find, I’ve used every size, it doesn’t seem to matter!

  • Elyse

    I just made a batch for passover. They are incredible!!!!!!!

  • Beth

    We discovered these a few years ago and have been making them ever since. They are seriously amazing! Batter tastes a little like matzah but once they’re cooked you would never know they are KFP! Always a hit at the Seder! Thank you!!

    • LilMissCakes

      You are so welcome! These are a family favorite. I find myself making more and more batches each year!

  • Susan M

    Can’t wait to try these!

  • Bracha

    Have you ever used oil? Margarine KLP is hard to find in Israel. :(

    • LilMissCakes

      I haven’t tried it with oil, but I hope to test that out soon. When I try it, I plan to use 3/4 cup oil instead of 1 cup margarine. Let me know if this works for you!

      • LilMissCakes

        Okay, replaced the margarine with vegetable oil and only needed 1/2 cup! I’m going to test it once more before editing the recipe, but this should work perfectly!

  • sandy

    should the pudding mix be the instant or cook kind????

    • LilMissCakes

      The pudding mix can be either kind-the instant or the cooking kind. I’ve used both and didn’t notice a difference.

    • Abby Carman

      I just used instant aand it worked out perfectly. Doesn’t seem to matter which one you use. I also used Butterscotch flavor. Mmmm good.

  • Michele

    Haha! I love your seder plate with the cookies in the middle!! I couldn’t find them in my Haggadah? LOL 😀

  • Abby Carman

    Made these today for Passover. One broke so I got to taste it before next Friday. Delicious! Does not take Pesadick at all. Thank you! One complaint though. I started using the suggested 2 Tbs.size cookie scoop and saw that the cookies would have been way too big and I would not have been able to make 3 dozen. I don’t how you managed to get so many with that scoop. I immediately switched to 1 Tb. measurement and managed to eke out only 30 cookies.

    • LilMissCakes

      Abby! You are correct, it should have said 1 1/2 Tbs. measure. That’s the medium OXO cookie scoop. My passover cookie scoop was used so much the measurement rubbed off. You could even go with the small size if you like mini cookies. Just reduce the baking time a bit.

  • Karen

    Yumm! I bet they would be a different kind of delicious if you substituted some of the oil/margarine for mashed banana…

    • http://www.livelovelearn.com.au Tracey Fittinghoff Hayim

      I often use organic coconut oil to substitute margarine. It is parev and healthy.

      • LilMissCakes

        Sounds like it should work!

    • LilMissCakes

      I’ve used 1/2 cup vegetable oil in place of the margarine but haven’t tried bananas. Sounds interesting!

  • Helen

    For health concerns I would rather use oil than margarine.. Is this an option and if yes, then how much oil to use?

    • LilMissCakes

      Hi Helen,
      Ive replaced the margarine with 1/2 cup oil but not soo happy with the results. Someone mentioned replacing with 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce but I have not tested it yet.

  • Rachel

    Can this recipe be made as a cake rather than as cookies?

    • LilMissCakes

      I haven’t tried it, but it should work as cookie bars.

  • Rachel

    Also, have you tried using coconut oil?

    • LilMissCakes

      I haven’t tried coconut oil, let me know if it works!

  • Betsy

    Sounds delish as long as you are OK eating corn based products on Pesach. Corn starch is what thickens the pudding so some will not consider it kosher for Passover. It’s fine with me though!!

    • LilMissCakes

      Hi Betsy,
      On Passover you can find the pudding mix without corn starch. I think they use tapioca starch. But for those that eat corn, it’s even easier to find!

  • Linda

    I don’t have any KFP baking soda. Is there a substitute that would work well? These look so good!

    • LilMissCakes

      I believe that there are some baking soda brands that don’t need special passover certification. I don’t think you can leave it out though!

  • Esther

    Hi – Your recipe has got a ton of accolades! I have a request to make it gluten free. Is it possible to convert the cake meal into different proportions of potato starch? Can’t use nuts here either. Thanks!

    • LilMissCakes

      I’m not really sure about making these gluten free, all the chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve come across call for either matzoh meal or nuts. You may be able to increase the starch, but I don’t know what will happen.

      • Esther

        Thanks for the reply! I am going to try the suggestion to use gluten free matzah meal – never dawned on me. Hope it works:)

    • Shoshana Ohriner

      You can try the gluten-free matzah meal. I have had great success using that in place of the standard matzah meal in various recipes.

      • Esther

        Brilliant – thanks I didn’t think of that. Gonna try!

        • LilMissCakes

          Thanks Shoshana! It does work with the gluten free matzoh meal!

  • embee

    I don’t have a stand mixer. Will it work with a hand mixer, regular blades?

    • LilMissCakes

      Yes, that will work great!

  • Brooklynski

    if they have matzo cake meal, they are not exactly “flourless” – since matzo cake meal is ground up matzos, which are made of flour and water. No good for the gluten – free crowd.
    Otherwise they are essentially the same as regular cookies, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t taste the same.

    • LilMissCakes

      Yes, they aren’t flourless-I never meant to confuse anyone. They are Passover friendly though, which is what I call them! I have other Passover recipes that are indeed flourless and I also know that this recipe can be made using gluten free matzoh meal.

  • Ruth

    These are the best tasting passover cookies! The only problem I had was they didn’t spread during baking (just came out the way they went in) so I tried the second batch with half cup oil instead – same result. I can’t figure it out!

    • LilMissCakes

      I found that chilling the dough really cuts down on the spreading if that’s an issue. Also make sure your oven is really on the proper temp.

  • dsinla81

    I was going to made the Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies..it’s calls for Matzah Cake Meal ..is that the same as Cake Meal (by shura)..i went to the jewish grocey store and didn’t see Matzah Cake Meal

    thanks

    • LilMissCakes

      Matzoh cake meal is the same as cake meal-it just depends on how the companies decide to label each product. I just wanted to be clear that this is made from matzoh (some people don’t use matzoh as an ingredient)

  • ava

    Just perfect…..These are now on my dessert list for Passover. thank you so much!

    • LilMissCakes

      My absolute pleasure!

  • SaraK

    I made these today with 1/2 C oil instead of margarine and chopped up high quality chocolate instead of the Passover chocolate chips the sell here in Israel. They are delicious and the texture is great. They are a tad bit too sweet for me, I think I would decrease the sugars a bit next time, but otherwise perfect. Thanks!

    • LilMissCakes

      Yum, the good quality chocolate is probably so amazing in these! I’ve also found that 1/2 cup of oil works nicely in place of the margarine. Glad it worked out for you!