The chocolate chip cookie originates from the famous Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Owner Ruth Wakefield is credited with inventing the cookie by accident in the 1930s when she added chopped up chunks of a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar to her butter cookie dough. The cookies were a huge hit at her inn and after striking a deal with Nestlé to print the recipe on their chocolate bar wrappers, the Toll House cookie recipe became a beloved American classic.
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Ingredients You Will Required For Toll House Cookie Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Be sure your butter is softened to room temperature to cream together smoothly with the sugars. The combination of white and brown sugar gives the cookies depth of flavor.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
You’ll need basic kitchen tools like:
- Mixing bowls
- Spatulas and wooden spoon
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
Parchment paper is essential for easy, no-mess cookie removal from the baking sheets.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and eggs, beating well.
- Gradually stir in the sifted dry ingredients until just combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and nuts (optional).
- Drop rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Customize these classic cookies to your liking by trying the following variations:
- Substitute peanut butter or almond butter for half the butter for a nutty flavor.
- Use milk or dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.
- Add 1 cup toffee bits, crushed peppermint, or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries.
- For thicker, chewier cookies, chill the dough for 30 minutes (or up to 2 days) before baking.
- Allow the eggs and butter to come to room temperature to help them cream together properly.
- Do not over-mix the batter once the dry ingredients are added to avoid tough cookies.
- Measure the flour correctly by spooning it into the cup and leveling off with a knife for consistent results.
- Use fresh baking soda and cornstarch for optimal rising and texture.
- Eat the cookies the day they are baked for the best texture and flavor.
Enjoy these home-baked cookies:
- Warm with a cold glass of milk.
- Sandwiched together with ice cream for an ice cream sandwich.
- Crumbled over yogurt parfaits or oatmeal.
- As an after school snack for kids.
- On a cookie tray at your next party.
(Per 1 cookie)
- Calories: 130
- Total Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Cholesterol: 23mg
- Sodium: 94mg
- Total Carbs: 17g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Sugars: 10g
- Protein: 1g
Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Cookies can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Allow to thaw overnight before serving.
If your cookies spread too much, try chilling the dough prior to baking. For crispier cookies, bake a minute or two longer. Soft, pale cookies need a couple more minutes in the oven. Burned bottoms indicate the oven may run hot; use an oven thermometer to verify the temperature.
Can I make this dough ahead of time?
Yes, you can portion the dough into balls on a baking sheet and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before baking.
Can I use a cake mix instead of measuring everything out?
Yes, substituting a yellow or vanilla cake mix for the dry ingredients works well too.
How long do these cookies stay fresh for?
Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for 5-7 days. They can be frozen for longer term storage.
What can I add instead of nuts?
Other mix-in options include toffee bits, crushed peppermint, dried fruit like raisins or cranberries, or chocolate chunks.
Ready to Try This Classic Cookie Recipe?
Gather your ingredients and bake up a batch of these easy, delicious Toll House chocolate chip cookies today. Let me know how they turn out for you in the comments below! Looking for more classic cookie recipes? Be sure to subscribe to my blog. Thanks for reading and happy baking!