Happy Birthday, Matt!

Among Matt's presents today are a batch of special chocolate-chip cookies. I'm really a terrible cook, but I don't mind baking, and these cookies are totally worth it. As the person who always cheers me up and keeps me sane, Matt deserves the best homemade cookies ever! Happy Birthday to my right-hand man!Want to make some yourself? Here's the recipe, which I originally found on the lifesaving allrecipes.com.Matt's Birthday Cookies (SO GOOD):* 2.25 cups all-purpose flour* 1 teaspoons baking soda* 1 teaspoon baking powder* 1/4 teaspoon salt* 1 cups butter, softened* 3/4 cup packed brown sugar* 1/4 cup white sugar* 1 (3.4oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix* 2 eggs* 1.5 tablespoons vanilla extract* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips* 1 cups chopped walnuts (optional)1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, set aside.2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.3. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown. Yields app. 3 dozen cookies.