27 Aug

Whether you prefer chocolate chip cookies in the dough form i.e. my favorite way, aka the correct way, or as baked cookies, nothing improves on the Nestle Toll House recipe. I’ve been making it since I was a little one. I could make it in my sleep, probably. Which is good because I am unlikely to have a package of the Nestle chocolate chips to reference for the recipe on the back. Sorry, Toll House-lovahs, but I am a Ghiradelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao Baking Chips girl.
I’m am not alone in my praise for this recipe. Even my most favorite-est baking nerds on earth, the Cook’s Illustrated crew, agree. From their Baking Illustrated: “Toll House cookies are the American cookie jar standard. As such, they serve as the springboard for all other versions of the chocolate chip cookie.” So if you are after something different you might need a different recipe, but these cookies are the ultimate basic cookie.
And the dough. Oh, the delicious dough. I get a bit crazy just thinking about the dough this recipe creates.
If you do decide to fight nature and bake these(as I was forced to do since other folks were to consume them) the one tip I do not think that Nestle will tell you is to chill your dough a bit before spooning it out and baking it, unless you prefer your cookies ultra-thin.
There are many ways to jazz up this basic cookie, if perfection occasionally bores you. Try adding a package of pistachio pudding mix(which thankfully for me has few actual nuts in it) with flour-then you have green perfection. You can leave the chips out, spread and bake in a 9×13 pan, then sprinkle the chips on when you take it out of the oven. The chips melt and you can spread them like frosting. Mix it up. Add peanut butter chips. Add butterscotch chips. Just don’t add nuts. Nuts should be banned from cookies. Like coconut they ruin many desserts. In my humble opinion.
Here’s your perfect cookie:
Chocolate Chip Cookies(ala Nestle Tollhouse)
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs(use pasteurized eggs if you are eating it as dough)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt.
Your favorite chocolate chip
1)Cream butter and sugars. I often do this by hand. Screw washing beaters. Sample this pure butter/sugar paste and but try to stop yourself from eating it all.
2)Add in eggs and vanilla. Its gonna look sort of gross and curdled. Deal with it.
3)Gradually add in flour, which you have sifted with the baking soda and salt.
4)Stir in chips.
5)Put in fridge
6)Heat oven to 350 degrees.
6)Just keep an eye on them and take them out when they look done. If you’ve decided to go that route. You are welcome to stop at step 5. And really, I would.

11 Responses to “THE BEST”

  1. mom August 29, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Yup, you got it right. Many good memories of making these with you and your brother, and of eating the dough in my pre-gluten-free days.

    • Ellen Clifford August 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      I’ve been heron people talking about using spelt flour-maybe that’s gluten free? Worth looking into:)

  2. Sabrina August 29, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Oh yum.

    PS Birthday birthday birthday birthday!

  3. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) February 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Ok, I FINALLY got around to making these – and YUM.

    Of course I made substitutions…halved the butter, halved the sugar, then added 1/2 cup of maple syrup…a little cakier than normal but the reduced sweetness is perfect for me and the man! Plus since they’re denser, we’ll eat less! Right? Right??? Ok maybe not… 🙂

    • Ellen February 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Well, between halving the butter and subbing maple syrup technically your version counts as health food so you can eat more:) I’m so excited someone is actually making the stuff I post! I’m curious how your baked beans and veggies went,,,

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) February 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        They were BOTH hits!

        The man was so excited to have another veg option from me as I tend to get pretty routine (kale salad with pasta, kale salad with toast, kale salad with lentil loaf)…now I have something else to server with kale salad!

        And the cookies were awesome, but I must say…we’re totally hooked on just eating the frozen dough now (I had only baked half of the first batch). No more baking cookies for me!

      • Ellen February 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

        Oh yeah, it is ALL about the dough:) I only bake when there are other people involved:)

        Sent from my iPhone


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