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Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Introduction

As far as I can tell, this recipe is not yet available on Nigella.com's recipe database; as it really is the original chocolate chip cookie recipe, I thought it was a necessary addition. Chocolate Chip Cookies were accidentally discovered at the Toll House Inn in the 1930s. The bakers were trying to make ordinary butter cookies into chocolate cookies by adding Nestle chocolate chunks (another relatively new 'invention' at the time), assuming that the chocolate would melt in the oven and thereby permeate the whole cookie. Instead, chocolate chip cookies were born. Nestle then bought the recipe from the Inn's owner and prints it on the back of every package of Nestle chocolate chips.

As far as I can tell, this recipe is not yet available on Nigella.com's recipe database; as it really is the original chocolate chip cookie recipe, I thought it was a necessary addition. Chocolate Chip Cookies were accidentally discovered at the Toll House Inn in the 1930s. The bakers were trying to make ordinary butter cookies into chocolate cookies by adding Nestle chocolate chunks (another relatively new 'invention' at the time), assuming that the chocolate would melt in the oven and thereby permeate the whole cookie. Instead, chocolate chip cookies were born. Nestle then bought the recipe from the Inn's owner and prints it on the back of every package of Nestle chocolate chips.

Ingredients

Serves: 12

Metric Cups
  • 315 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 220 grams butter (softened)
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 150 grams brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 350 grams semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 11⅛ ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7¾ ounces butter (softened)
  • 5⅓ ounces sugar
  • 5⅓ ounces brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12⅜ ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Method

Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies is a community recipe submitted by Psappha and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the two sugars. Add the vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the two sugars. Add the vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Additional Information

    Nestle's recipe also calls for 1 cup (approx 150g?) of chopped nuts to be stirred into mixture along with the chocolate. I have never done this--just the chocolate for my family! Also, I always reduce the flour by about 1/2 cup/70g as I prefer the cookies less floury. Eat them hot, warm, or cold. My father always has them straight from the oven, plunged into a soup bowl of milk...they do make sizzle wonderfully this way!

    Nestle's recipe also calls for 1 cup (approx 150g?) of chopped nuts to be stirred into mixture along with the chocolate. I have never done this--just the chocolate for my family! Also, I always reduce the flour by about 1/2 cup/70g as I prefer the cookies less floury. Eat them hot, warm, or cold. My father always has them straight from the oven, plunged into a soup bowl of milk...they do make sizzle wonderfully this way!

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