Make Ahead

Nestle Toll House Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

April  1, 2016
6 Ratings
Photo by Posie Harwood
  • Makes about 4 dozen cookies
Author Notes

This is the definitive classic from the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag. It's comforting and simple and is the cookie we crave from childhood. Crisp on the edges and soft in the middle, it has a lovely caramelized sweetness from the brown sugar. —Posie (Harwood) Brien

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter with the sugars until light and creamy.
  4. Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly, scraping down the bowl as you go.
  5. Add the flour mixture gradually to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips and the nuts (if using) with a spatula.
  7. Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough into an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. **The dough freezes beautifully: Just scoop out spoonfuls on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 20 minutes. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic bag or freezer-safe container. When ready to bake, place on a baking sheet and bake as instructed, adding a few minutes to the baking time.**

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  • Karen Steele Morrow
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2 Reviews

Karen S. April 7, 2016
I still use the Toll House recipe my Nana passed down and it has the tsp of hot water. It makes a difference (at least a sentimental one.)
Smaug April 5, 2016
It may be "definitive" but it's not the original, which dissolves the baking soda in a tsp. of hot water and does not toast the nuts. Of course the REAL original, itself an adaptation of an older recipe, used broken chunks of chocolate. Nestle did, I believe, buy rights to the recipe, but the recipes on most brands of chips are essentially identical.